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ON-LINE PETITION AGAINST THE USE OF WHITE PHOSPHORUS
Geneva, 16 January 2006 - Just at the moment when the Bush administration is under intense international and domestic criticism for its treatment of civilian terror suspects -- and while the entire Iraq war policy continues to be under attack -- the International Peace Bureau has issued the following petition condemning the use of white phosphorus against civilians.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUREAU
PETITION AGAINST USE OF WHITE PHOSPHORUS IN IRAQ

It is a crime that the USA uses white phosphorus against civilians in Iraq!

I/We call on my/our government to tell President Bush that the use of white phosphorus against civilians is a crime, and to urge the USA to sign the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons, which prohibits the use of white phosphorus against civilians.

White phosphorus has the same effect as napalm, which burns the skin and cannot be removed: an effect that may easily result in a very painful death.

The USA is known to have used white phosphorus against civilians in Falluja, just as Saddam used it against the Kurds. The world has condemned the latter usage, which has been referred to by the American authorities as chemical warfare.

IPB has taken the initiative to see to it that signatures against this crime are collected in countries all over the world. They will then be presented to the appropriate authorities in support of our case.

Please support this by adding your signature. For more information, go to:
www.ipb.org

DEADLINE for signature: MARCH 31st, 2006


Notes from IPB Secretariat
Note 1
After initially stating that white phosphorus was used in Falluja only for illumination purposes, the US government was forced to retract this statement following the publication of an article about the battle of Falluja in the magazine Field Artillery Magazine which alleged that, in that battle "White phosphorus proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE [high explosive munitions]. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."
(March 2005 issue of Field Artillery Magazine, para. 9 of "The Fight for Falluja" by Captain James T. Cobb, First Lieutenant Christopher A. LaCour and Sergeant First Class William H. Hight.
http://sill-www.army.mil/FAMAG/Previous_Editions/05/mar-apr05/PAGE24-30.pdf)

Note 2
While refusing to characterize white phosphorus as a chemical weapon in the battle of Falluja, the United States did so in 1995 in relation to Saddam Husseins use of this substance in Erbil.

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