Those Condemning Syria Have Themselves Recently Used Chemical Weapons

The Trump administration accuses the Syrian government of using chemical weapons, and claims this is a rare occurrence from a rogue government.

Not only did Sean Spicer say that Hitler never used chemical weapons, but Secretary of Defense Mattis said:

Even in World War II chemical weapons were not used on battlefields. Even in World War II, chemical weapons were not used on battlefields. Even in the Korean War, they were not used on battlefields.

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Since World War I there’s been an international convention on this.

But U.S. used chemical weapons against civilians in Iraq in 2004. Evidence here, here, here, here, here, here.  The use of those weapons greatly increased the rate of birth defects.

The U.S. armed and supported Iraq after it invaded Iran and engaged in a long, bloody war which included the use of chemical weapons. The U.S. provided chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein to use against Iran.

Here is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meeting with Saddam in the 1980’s, several months after Saddam had used chemical weapons in a massacre:

Moreover, the U.S. and Britain have been dropping depleted uranium in virtually every country they fight, which causes severe health problems. See this, this, this and this.

University of California at Irvine professor of Middle Eastern history Mark LeVine writes:

Not only did the US aid the use of chemical weapons by the former Iraqi government, it also used chemical weapons on a large scale during its 1991 and 2003 invasions of Iraq, in the form of depleted-uranium (DU) ammunition.

As Dahr Jamail’s reporting for Al Jazeera has shown, the use of DU by the US and UK has very likely been the cause not only of many cases of Gulf War Syndrome suffered by Iraq war veterans, but also of thousands of instances of birth defects, cancer and other diseases – causing a “large-scale public health disaster” and the “highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied” – suffered by Iraqis in areas subjected to frequent and intense attacks by US and allied occupation forces.

And Israel has been accused of using depleted uranium in Syria.

Israeli also used white phosphorous in 2009 during “Operation Cast Lead” (and perhaps subsequently).  Israel ratified Protocol III of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (“Protocol III”) – which outlaws the use of incendiary devices in war – in 2007. So this was a war crime.

Moreover, the 1925 Geneva Protocol (which is different from Protocol III) prohibits “the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases”.

The use of White phosphorus (“WP”) may also be a war crime under other international treaties and domestic U.S. laws. For example, the Battle Book, published by the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, contains the following sentence: “It is against the law of land warfare to employ WP against personnel targets.”

The U.S. National Safety Council states that “White phosphorus is a poison . . . If its combustion occurs in a confined space, white phosphorus will remove the oxygen from the air and render the air unfit to support life . . . It is considered a dangerous disaster hazard because it emits highly toxic fumes. The EPA has listed white phosphorus as a Hazardous Air Pollutant.

Indeed, it is interesting to note that the U.S. previously called white phosphorous a chemical weapon when Saddam used it against the Kurds.

And Saudi Arabia is currently using U.S. supplied white phosphorous in Yemen.

It is therefore hypocritical for the U.S., Britain or Israel to say that we should bomb Syria because the government allegedly used chemical weapons.

Postscript: Ironically, many intelligence and military officials say that Syrian government did not use chemical weapons.

On the other hand, two Turkish Parliament members said that Turkey provided chemical weapons to Islamic jihadists for the 2013 chemical weapons attack which was blamed on the Syrian government.

And see this.

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  • sav

    What was the massacre just before Rumsfeld met Saddam on December 20 1983 ? It can’t be the incident at Halabja because that happened 5 years later on March 16 1988.

  • andrew1212

    I’d like to see an international effort to force whatever country drops bombs to have to pay for the environmental cleanup…maybe the USA would slow down from last year’s 26,171 bombs dropped (minus 1,000+ dropped by US drones in Afghanistan and the multiple warheads which couldn’t be added).

    Still will never understand the USA coating Vietnam (et al.) with 3 or 4 coats of Agent Orange–and the PentaCon attorneys approving it as a non-chemical weapon.

  • Ron Rushburg

    USA lying hypocrites use chem. weapons regularly; ie white phosphorous and “Agent Orange”. And let’s not overlook their WMD, depleted uranium!

  • Carl_Herman

    Great briefing, GW; thank you. The facts are soooooo clear when the public is provided access. This is the history and context that corporate media never provide.

  • Dr Mindbender

    Chemical Weapons were not used on WW-2 battlefields, by the Germans, only because Hitler had an aversion due to his experiences in WW-1. He would only authorize their use on Jews, who were considered, non-humans; and therefore, the subsequent gassings are well known.

    Germany was the first to discover nerve agents: (Tuban), and later, Sarin. If Germany would have used them it would have been a total Apocalypse. However, they sat, and operation “paper clip” picked them up, then USSA spread the wealth all over the Globe.

    US is seeding soil with depleted Uranium, and should face charges for such, because it is worse than nerve gas. I cannot believe how USSA gets away with bloody Genocide and nobody says a Word.

    Congratulations, to the BOARD, and writers here, because at least You see it.

  • Dr Mindbender

    Oh, and Never forget … “Only USSA” used 2 Atom bombs on Civilians!

  • Guillotine_ready

    Chemical wepons are used on the American people in the form of chemtrails every day and most say nothing. How easy it would be to wipe them out.

  • Guillotine_ready

    Chemical wepons are used on the American people in the form of chemtrails every day and most say nothing. How easy it would be to wipe them out.

  • chris

    these facts need to be on the ‘news” to give the sheeple real facts. but of course,they prefer the hysterical news blips!

  • Good points. There are so many horrible ways people get killed/mamed in modern warfare, and lots of techniques being used by the US that indiscriminately kill civilians. The Pentagon comes out with arguments that are questionable on every level – facts/evidence, relevance, morality, policy – and out captive media parrots them as if something sublime was said.

    http://fair.org/home/out-of-46-major-editorials-on-trumps-syria-strikes-only-one-opposed/

  • Todd Millions

    The Nazis did not use gas weapons in the tawdry sequel to the Great War because-despite the propaganda footage ,they were extremely (almost totally)dependent on horse drawn transport. They didn’t have the fuel for weapons And supply trucks. Testing of gas suited horses showed that they quickly overheated and died * -H. Goering was scared spit less that someone would start lobbing gas munitions because any effective tactical supply would collapse in a week. Even his highly technically advanced air force. As to gas “only used on Jews” Dr-
    May I point out that-
    The Gas was first used on “defectives” in Urban facilities before the war.
    Moreover-Gypsy,Russian Pow’s and others were a higher kill priority during –
    whether gas was involved or not.
    You are correct in that Hitler had a fear and aversion of such based on EXPERINCE.
    Something you could NEVER accuse the current Nuttyahoo controlled pork puppet,
    “acting” POTUS of having.
    * Actual gas suits even pre nerve agents are Heavy ,Of needful multiple fabric and seal layers.
    A rather large mustard gas and bio toxin( tetanus-botulism)program was run just 150 miles from me.
    There is a lot more I won’t be tabling publically-lest it give the idiots(and corporate hill bandits) in charge ideas.
    These would include the various military castes we are allowing to form.
    -“those who didn’t pay, Always suffered calamitous fires”.-Brahman.