Daisy Cutters v/s MK77 (a.k.a Napalm Bomb)

In Rediff.com, R Swaminathan wrote about the use of Daisy Cutters in Iraq by the US Army. They may be the most devastating of “conventional bombs” in the US armoury, but what about unconventional bombs… the ones that are “banned” under the Geneva Convention and the United Nations, like the Napalm Bomb?

There’s ample report about the US using “irregular weapons” including Napalm Bombs (MK 77) in the Iraq War. Yes, the same Napalm Bomb used in Vietnam.

Ben Cubby, in Sydney Morning Herald, writes in his article headlined Napalm by another name: Pentagon denial goes up in flames: “The Pentagon no longer officially uses the brand-name Napalm, a combination of naphthalene and palmitate, but a similar substance known as fuel-gel mixture contained in Mark-77 fire bombs was dropped on Iraqi troops near the Iraq-Kuwait border at the start of the recent war.”

In an article titled US admits it used napalm bombs in Iraq, Andrew Buncombe in The Independent wrote: “American pilots dropped the controversial incendiary agent napalm on Iraqi troops during the advance on Baghdad. The attacks caused massive fireballs that obliterated several Iraqi positions.”

To get a fair idea of the destruction caused by a MK77 (read Napalm Bomb) see this image dating back to 1965, which shows “Napalm bombs explode on Viet Cong structures south of Saigon in the Republic of Vietnam”.