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I recently wrote to billydoom who has a background in metallury:
You're probably as aware as I am of the reports of the U.S. using "white phosphorus" here and there in Iraq.
My question is: Is this the same stuff as "napalm"? I'm trying to determine if the use of the term "white phosphorus" is another disinfo attempt by the media and the military--sorta like calling "hired killers" by the cleaned up name of "mercenaries" by the further cleaned up name of "civilian contractors".
I don't know if you've ever seen the photograph that splashed across the world's newspapers way back when, but when you see the word "napalm", a lot of people, like me, conjure up that image of the naked Vietnamese girl running down a road after having the clothes burnt off her body.
Here's the reply I received:
Honestly, is the SAME thing. In 1975, Napalm was banned internationally as a weapon.
White phosphorus is a slightly different formula ( napalm was phosphorus mixed with gasoline, White Pete is phosphorus mixed with jet fuel ). Under the new name, it can be used in battle mostly to illuminate the battlefield and against enemy combatants. Strictly prohibited against civilians. White Pete is deadlier than napalm. Jet fuel burns slower than gasoline, that's why it burns to the bone. It is a nasty weapon if used against troops. Napalm was deadly, but burned fast, unlike White Pete.
In principle, napalm and white pete are deadly because added phosphorus or magnesium will raise the temperature to about 3000 degrees F. You know gasoline and jet fuel burn at about 1500 degrees F ( that's why it could not melt steel in WTC fiasco, supposedly). White Pete is sprayed into the air like a brightly burning cloud; you cannot run away from it; it will stick to your skin and burn out together with your flesh. You die baby, you die!
My conclusion is: You can call it what you want, but if you're hit with it, chances are you will die a hideous, grotesque, and perhaps lingering death.
He's come a long way since he was a kid blowing up frogs with M-80s.