Tonite the Prez will go before the American people and make a case for intervention in the affairs of Syria and somewhere in the prime time speech the words “civilized world” will make an appearance. He will mention the gas attack by Assad on his own people and that the civilized world banned their use about a century ago, right after WW1. He will face the nation and make his case for the use of American assets to send a message to Assad….and we will be watching and listening to whatever excuse he has for the intervention.
But, the civilized world? Let me refresh your memory about the civilized world.
1. The U.S. Military Dumped 20 Million Gallons of Chemicals on Vietnam from 1962 – 1971
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed 20 million gallons of chemicals, including the very toxic Agent Orange, on the forests and farmlands of Vietnam and neighboring countries, deliberately destroying food supplies, shattering the jungle ecology, and ravaging the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Vietnam estimates that as a result of the decade-long chemical attack, 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 babies have been born with birth defects, and 2 million have suffered from cancer or other illnesses. In 2012, the Red Cross estimated that one million people in Vietnam have disabilities or health problems related to Agent Orange.
2. Israel Attacked Palestinian Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2008 – 2009
White phosphorus is a horrific incendiary chemical weapon that melts human flesh right down to the bone.
In 2009, multiple human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and International Red Cross reported that the Israeli government was attacking civilians in their own country with chemical weapons. An Amnesty International team claimed to find “indisputable evidence of the widespread use of white phosphorus” as a weapon in densely-populated civilian areas. The Israeli military denied the allegations at first, but eventually admitted they were true.
After the string of allegations by these NGOs, the Israeli military even hit a UN headquarters(!) in Gaza with a chemical attack. How do you think all this evidence compares to the case against Syria? Why didn’t Obama try to bomb Israel?
These are just the couple that I thought of on the spot….we could always mention Saddam or deplete uranium, which we still do not have a definitive on the effects of its use and even a case against the A-bomb, but that would be for another day……my point is that the civilized world is just as guilty as Assad in the use of what we call wmds.
Please do not misunderstand….I am not defend Assad and the use of chemicals….I think any use of such assets is a crime…NO matter who use them.
The “civilized world” is not squeaky clean and I think that this is just an excuse to use some military assets….after all…”an unused weapon is a useless weapon”!
Listen for hints to the future…….I will!