Recent rumblings in the press have cast a glaring, unforgiving spotlight on the use of US-made white phosphorus shells by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in a Lebanese village. This was reported to have occurred on October 10th and 11th 2023.

The Washington Post and recent commentary coverage from The Defense Post aren’t just reporting news; they’re sounding the alarm on a matter that’s spinning the world’s moral compass.

Let’s take a closer look.

White Phosphorus: A Fire That Doesn’t Discriminate

Let’s cut through the jargon.

White phosphorus is not your average fire starter.

When this beast meets air, it doesn’t just burn; it obliterates, with temperatures soaring over 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 815 degrees Celsius).

“People exposed to white phosphorus can suffer respiratory damage, organ failure and other horrific and life-changing injuries, including burns that are extremely difficult to treat and cannot be put out with water,” according to Amnesty International, cited by The Defense Post.

Amnesty International isn’t mincing words either, pointing out the horror show of respiratory torture, organ meltdown, and burns that could send you to the grave with just a 10 percent body hit.