Independence does not mean "unbiased". And while I'll admit that outside the lab, I have no experience with white phosphorus, what exactly is the significance of "it can inflict horrific burns"? A number of weapons can inflict "horrific burns". flamethrowers, napalm, Fuel Air Explosives, hell even run of the mill 500lb. bombs or even IEDs and Molotov cocktails you can put together in about a minute. I've seen some guys come back from Iraq who were in vehicles that hit IEDs with their faces basically burned off. Why single out the WP?