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Chemical Warfare

Correction:

At least 35 of the 125 victims killed in last week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria were children. Since the original posting, the number of casualties has risen to more than 1400, more than 400 of whom were children. They were hiding in their homes, in bathrooms with useless towels, dead on arrival to hospitals if they made it that far, their parents unable to protect them or themselves.

In Israel, children wait in line with parents to try on gas masks in preparation of US intervention in Syria.

There is not a lot to say that has not already been said. I truly believe based on history and common sense that US intervention strikes would only kill more civilians and not actually stop those responsible for chemical attacks.

Furthermore, we need to examine the implications of our interference in the Syrian Civil War based on chemical weapons as the red line that hooks us in. The US government use of chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, bullets, tanks, prisons, torture cells, and other enforcement methods of authoritarian rule go far beyond the Syrian (or any other) government’s capabilities,  but who would dare intervene in our country’s actions? Intervention strikes in response to American military actions would be considered Terrorism. Even acknowledging what our military has done can be considered terrorism. Whistleblowers are being punished more harshly than war criminals.

Military strikes will only stoke the flames of civil war and encourage more “terrorist” attacks on US targets. If our country’s leaders really want to send an effective message to Syria and other “rogue” nations regarding the use of chemical weapons, we need to lead by example. If we expect to stop others from engaging in chemical warfare, we first must stop the American use and production of chemical weapons of all grades.

Despite manufacturers’ claims, there is no such thing as a safe chemical weapon.

It is dangerous to become numb to the U.S.’s hypocrisy and the ongoing tragedy in Syria and elsewhere. We the People need to take a stand for innocent victims everywhere. Contact your local representatives and federal officials. Join lobbying efforts to ban the use of chemical weapons.

We can’t seriously expect other countries to make changes that we ourselves refuse to make.

The Red Line

Obama has pointed to using chemical weapons as the red line that Syria should not cross, but what is the difference between foreign countries using specific types of chemical weapons versus others, or foreign countries and our own homeland using chemical weapons on its citizens?

It’s a big red line that the US has already crossed, but it’s not too late to step back. Let’s lead by example. Ban ALL chemical weapons, especially the ones we produce on American soil.

Chemical Weapons Deployed in Syria

According to a NBC news report, chemical weapons were deployed against Syrian citizens yesterday, killing 25 (so far):

 

“There was ‘a state of panic and fear among the civilians and dozens of cases of suffocating and poisoning,’ [Rebel spokesman Fahd al Masry] said.

Masry said the attack would not have happened if foreign governments had taken stronger action.

‘They wouldn’t have used it if not for the silence of the international community on the crimes and massacres committed in Syria for the past two years,’ he said.”

 

I can only state the obvious. This is a tragic abuse of power, that in order to retain authority at any costs, so many can be killed – indiscriminately at that. And it will continue to happen over and over again, in Syria and other locations across the globe, if the vulnerable are left to fend for themselves.

I’d be interested to know what others think should happen in this case. What are concrete measures that can be taken to stop this from happening again, and to give some sense of justice to those who have lost loved ones in this attack. I’d especially want to hear from those familiar with the region. Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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