THE FIRES OF HELL Some Call Love the Fire of Heaven. What does one call the fire of hell on this earth? In our perverse place between the shining heights and the dark depths, even the most lawless occasions yet have limits, lest some bellowing beast of oblivion swallow last memory of morality in its hideous mouth. Even war has laws. Wisdom would place limits on what savagery we would inflict upon our enemies. In our foolishness we have also lied to our British friends in the War on Iraq.
June 17, 2005: American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq. Yesterday's disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to
the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the
facts until after the general election. 
The story of the United States use of MK 77 has been out there for anyone willing to see it. Our blindness revealed may now be fatal to the way the world sees us. In a war fought for public reasons of removal of weapons of mass destruction, we have used a weapon no other country has in its arsenal. If our leaders feel no shame about this, why have the military lied about this weapon most famously rememberd for the infamous Viet Nam era photo of Kim Phuc.
THE STORY OF MK 77 IN IRAQ FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES PAINTS ONE SAD PICTURE One hesitates to look at horror, but not to look is worse. Would the British have joined the dubious battle on the plains of Iraq had they known such weapons would be used?
"THE HORROR, THE HORROR" Joseph ConradThe Heart of Darkness
Literature has endeavored to tell such tales, as in daily chronicles here revealed. The tales told here are remniscent of Conrad one hundred years past or of Dante's Inferno more long ago. What we see below is not fiction, but horrid reality, the devil's hell come to this earth, hell's fire used by a putative array of heaven's avenging white angels. Exterminate the brutes, exterminate them all.
Chronicles of Deaths Already Told "I pity anybody who's in there," a marine sergeant said. "We told them to surrender."
“Usually we keep the gloves on,” said Army Capt. Erik Krivda, of Gaithersburg, Md., the senior officer in charge of the 1st Infantry Division’s Task Force 2-2 tactical operations command center. “For this operation, we took the gloves off.” 
Your story ('Dead bodies everywhere', by Lindsay Murdoch, March 22, 2003)
claiming US forces are using napalm in Iraq, is patently false. The US
took napalm out of service in the early 1970s. We completed destruction of
our last batch of napalm on April 4, 2001, and no longer maintain any stocks
of napalm. - Jeff A. Davis, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. 
A navy spokesman in Washington, Lieutenant Commander Danny
Hernandez, denied that napalm - which was banned by a United Nations
convention in 1980 - was used. "We don't even have that in our arsenal," he said. 
Apparently the spokesmen were drawing a distinction between the terms "firebomb" and "napalm." If reporters had asked about firebombs, officials said yesterday they would have confirmed their use. What the Marines dropped, the spokesmen said yesterday, were "Mark 77 firebombs." They acknowledged those are incendiary devices with a function "remarkably similar" to napalm weapons. Kamal Hadeethi, a physician at a regional hospital, said, "The corpses of the mujahedeen which we received were burned, and some corpses were melted."
The distinctive fireball and smell have a psychological impact on troops, experts said. "The generals love napalm," said Alles, who has transferred to Washington. "It has a big psychological effect." 
Since the American assault on Fallujah there have been reports of "melted" corpses, which appeared to have napalm injuries. Last August the US was forced to admit using the gas in Iraq. A 1980 UN convention banned the use of napalm against civilians - after pictures of a naked girl victim fleeing in Vietnam shocked the world. America, which didn't ratify the treaty, is the only country in the world still using the weapon.
American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq.
Musil described the Pentagon's distinction between napalm and Mark 77
firebombs as "pretty outrageous.' "That's clearly Orwellian," he added.]
The war in Iraq has been told as a morality tale of black and white. Our President has spoken of finding evil doers and doing them in. Some would say the world holds greys. Others might say now white is black.
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like . . . . . victory. Some day this war is gonna end."
Lieutenant Kilgore,Apocalypse Now
The wise always aim high knowing they will fall short. The terminally stupid never pick up and let things fall where they may. Or may not. The insanity of war begins with a first resolution, fierce, without foresight of result. Apologists will say results can never be exactly forecast. One must question always a death's design.
MK 77: SPECIFICATIONS FOR A DUMB BOMB A fire bomb is a thin skinned container of fuel gel designed for use
against dug-in troops, supply installations, wooden structures, and
land convoys. Fire bombs rupture on impact and spread burning fuel gel
on surrounding objects. MK 13 Mod 0 igniters are used to ignite the
fuel gel mixture upon impact. The Mk-77 is the only fire bomb still in
service, replacing the BLU-27.
While the MK-77 is the only incendiary munition currently in
active inventory, a variety of other incendiary devices were produced,
including the M-47 Napalm bomb, the M-74 incendiary bomb, and white
phosphorous and munitions manufacturing. Production of these devices
continued during the Korean conflict, though various demilitarization
and decontamination programs were initiated in the late 1950s.
Munitions destroyed included M-47 Napalm-filled bombs and incendiary
The containers of napalm bomber are very light and fabricated
of aluminum, with a capacity for about 75 gallons of combustible gel.
They lack stabilizing fins, and consequently acquire a tumbling motion
on being dropped that contributes to the scattering of the combustible
gel over a wide area.
Napalm is a mixture of benzene (21%), gasoline (33%), and
polystyrene (46%). Benzene is a normal component of gasoline (about
2%). The gasoline used in napalm is the same leaded or unleaded gas
that is used in automobiles. Gasoline is a mixture of hydrocarbons,
which burn in an engine. It is a clear liquid, made from crude oil that
burns and explodes easily. It naturally contains some benzene (which
makes gas smell the way it does). Gasoline is lighter than, and floats
on, water, but it will not mix with water. It dissolves grease and oil
but will not dissolve polystyrene by itself, more benzene must be added
to it. If gasoline is inhaled or swallowed, it can be dangerous or
fatal. Breathing it results in an intense burning sensation in the
throat and lungs, resulting in bronchitis and, eventually, pneumonia
and possibly death. Swallowing gasoline results in inebriation
(drunkenness), vomiting, dizziness, fever, drowsiness, confusion, and
cyanosis (blue color).
If we deceive ourselves in what we do abroad, what fate awaits us at home? Our language and our people are worthy of respect. When words are used to win dark argument, someone holds light away from the truth. When truth is twisted and words double back upon themselves our society ends up in knots. Consider the meaning of the words Weapons of Mass Destruction and who has used them.
"chemical weapons" as "a chemical substance which is intended for use
in military operations to kill, seriously injure or incapacitate people
because of its physiological effects." Evidently burning someone to
death doesn't qualify a "physiological effect"; it seems that only
chemicals that kill you from the inside out qualify. In today's news,
we learn that "American jets killed Iraqi troops with firebombs similar
to the controversial napalm used in the Vietnam War in March and April
as Marines battled toward Baghdad" (and, incidentally, denied it until
now because they were only asked if they were using napalm, rather than
firebombs in general). Needless to say, though, there is no suggestion
in the press that the US was employing "chemical weapons." After all,
burning someone to death with "kerosene-based jet fuel" is so much more
civilized than killing them with poison gas. FROM: LEFT I
Grim war makes dark monsters of men who enter conflict in supposed defense of light. Our means betray our ends. If in the middle of conflict we cannot see the errors of our means, we can come to no good end.