The US army has again been accused of using napalm in Iraq.

America is the only country which still uses the weapon. Last August, they admitted having used it in Iraq already.

As Blair stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Bush on Iraq, the British government must necessarily be considered complicit with any such use. Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, was yesterday asked a question in Parliament about the recent Ukraine election. This question incorporated a query about the use of napalm in Iraq. Like the true politician he is, Straw answered the part about Ukraine and neither acknowledged nor responded to the other question. More on all this here.

If that’s too ‘unofficial’ a source for you, try this. The Marines’ military report on Fallujah is now online. It has a lot to say about the 60 mosques it claims were “used for military purposes”, meaning they forfeited their protection under international law. But it also admits that the number of non-Iraqi fighters in Fallujah is very low, contradicting earlier statements suggesting the city had been besieged by substantial numbers of foreign “terrorists”.

Meanwhile, some Arab news sources claim 70% of Fallujah is now controlled by the Mujahideen. In addition to 1,200 Iraqi “insurgent” deaths during this latest Fallujah campaign (the official US figure), we learn that 129 US soldiers were killed in the month of November alone. And it’s not just American soldiers who are losing their lives over this fiasco.

And the Bush PR offensive has been going just as badly as his Iraq military offensive. The International Red Cross has accused the American government of using methods “tantamount to torture” in its Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The continued detention and mistreatment of these prisoners without trial, charge or evidence has been angering Muslims (and non-Muslims) worldwide ever since the camp was created. Needless to say, this latest confirmation of the world’s fears further exacerbates an already delicate international situation.

The British Ministry of Defence has become so rattled by the number of soldiers’ families who are speaking out publicly against the war, it has issued a D-notice prohibiting the press from reporting on such protests.

Yesterday, the British Embassy in Iraq warned that security in Baghdad is now so bad that even trying to leave the country by plane is out of the question.

And now the British charity Medact have called for an inquiry into the shattered Iraqi healthcare system. Their official statement says “”The war is a continuing public health disaster that was predictable – and should have been preventable… Excess deaths and injuries and high levels of illness are the direct and indirect results of ongoing conflict.”

What else needs to happen before our government stops lapdancing for the American dollar and realises its mistake?