Italian journalists are taking revenge for Nicola Calipari in the best way they can: they kept working, bringing us news we don't want but need. About Fallujah - news that we could have guessed if we thought we could stand it.
In a documentary to be broadcast by RAI, the Italian state broadcaster, this morning, a former American soldier who fought at Fallujah says: "I heard the order to pay attention because they were going to use white phosphorus on Fallujah. In military jargon it's known as Willy Pete.
"Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all the way down to the bone ... I saw the burned bodies of women and children. Phosphorus explodes and forms a cloud. Anyone within a radius of 150 metres is done for."
-- The Independent, US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah
I had just turned ten when photos of the napalmed Kim Phuc streamed across the AP wire. I was probably still wearing that Nixon button I got from my father; you can likely count me as one of the millions driven by that image to ask more questions about the war in Vietnam.
As much as they twist my stomach, I hope these images get out even more broadly. Though I wonder - are people so saturated with fictional violent imagery that they won't have the same impact as 30 years ago?
(Via Hunter at kos.)