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:: posted by buermann @ 2005-11-07 18:45:42 CST | link


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      Damnit, buermann - This signature never happened - or is CFL citing a different treaty? I'll drop 'em a line.

      "RAI also discovered the use of a napalm-like formula called MK77, which has been banned since a 1980 UN treaty and which the US signed in 1997."

      The US is allowed to melt people to death because it refused to sign a piece of paper declaring that to be a heinous crime. All hail the murderous butchers who are above the law? Who decided that image was a good one?

    posted by Diane @ 2005-11-08 20:55:04 | link

      I could be wrong. We may have acceeded to it without a signature, though Bush may have revoked Clinton's accension or signature, as such.

    posted by buermann @ 2005-11-08 21:26:36 | link

      They mean this treaty ( I think ). Here's the e-mail reply:

      The use of the incendiary substance on civilians is forbidden by a 1980 UN treaty. The use of chemical weapons is forbidden by a treaty which the US signed in 1997

      In response to this report the US is playing a semantics game by claiming that the MK-77 an incendiary weapon and not a chemical weapon--the US has not signed up to the relevant protocols governing the use of incendiary weapons. An MK-77 is made up of a cocktail of chemicals.

      The Italians are clearly considering the chemical cocktail that makes up the Mk-77 fire bombs to be chemical weapons, the semantic quibbling about whether they are incendiaries or chemicals is moot.

    posted by Diane @ 2005-11-08 21:47:07 | link

      The Italians can sue!

      I wish them the best of luck.

      Doesn't it all seem sort of moot since the invasion was such a flagrant violation of the UN charter? Nevermind the tonnage of depleted uranium dust injected into the country's ecosystem. Nevermind the occupation's regular violation of basic geneva convention statutes regarding the occupation of a foreign country. And certainly we should nevermind the US violation of the UN resolutions it invaded Iraq to enforce.

      Thank Bush that the UN is no longer threatened by the terrible curse of irrelevance!

      :P

    posted by buermann @ 2005-11-09 03:09:10 | link




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