When the history is so clear, why is the mass media wasting so much time on Syria and their poison gases?
First consider the history. Check out Chemical warfare in Wikipedia, and consider this excerpt.
The Hague Declaration of 1899 and the Hague Convention of 1907 forbade the use of “poison or poisoned weapons” in warfare, yet more than 124,000 tons of gas were produced by the end of World War I. The French were the first to use chemical weapons during the First World War, using the tear gases, ethyl bromoacetate and chloroacetone. (continued here)
The French broke the treaty? Our erstwhile allies? The ones who want us to punish Syria? In response, the Germans eventually upped the ante. They used chlorine gas.
Here is another encyclopedia’s observation. It explains why Germans usually get the credit for first using poison gases.
Chemical weapons did not become true weapons of mass destruction (WMD) until they were introduced in their modern form in World War I (1914–18). The German army initiated modern chemical warfare by launching a chlorine attack at Ypres, Belgium, on April 22, 1915, killing 5,000 French and Algerian troops and momentarily breaching their lines of defense. German use of gas and mustard was soon countered by similar tactics from the Allies. By war’s end, both sides had used massive quantities of chemical weapons, causing an estimated 1,300,000 casualties, including 91,000 fatalities. The Russian army suffered about 500,000 of these casualties, and the British had 180,000 wounded or killed by chemical arms. One-third of all U.S. casualties in World War I were from mustard and other chemical gases, roughly the ratio for all participants combined. By the war’s end, all the great powers involved had developed not only offensive chemical arms but also crude gas masks and protective overgarments to defend themselves against chemical weapon attacks. Altogether, the warring states employed more than two dozen different chemical agents during World War I, including mustard gas, which caused perhaps as many as 90 percent of all chemical casualties (though very few of these casualties were fatal) from that conflict. (from here)
How come the widespread use of poison gas was not repeated in World War II? Did men suddenly become more noble? No. Consider this excerpt.
Recovered Nazi documents suggest that German intelligence incorrectly thought that the Allies also knew of these compounds, interpreting their lack of mention in the Allies’ scientific journals as evidence that information about them was being suppressed. Germany ultimately decided not to use the new nerve agents, fearing a potentially devastating Allied retaliatory nerve agent deployment. Fisk, Robert (December 30, 2000), “Poison gas from Germany”, Independent. (continued here)
Why would poison gas have been ineffective? If the other side has poison gas, what is the point of giving the other side a good reason to use it on you?
So what is the point of these observations? Lobbing a few cruise missiles against Syria is worse than useless.
- We risk killing innocents.
- We will not get rid of any WMD stockpiles, but we will make people angry at us.
- We will strengthen the Islamists, people who actively hate us. Whereas the current regime in Syria just considers us pests.
In warfare, when national survival is at stake, international agreements mean nothing to politicians. Moreover, nations do not have friends; they have interests. Is that not what we are seeing in Syria? Otherwise, why don’t we have lots of enthusiastic support for punishing whoever it is that used poison gas in Syria?
If we don’t want others using weapons of mass destruction against us, we must render their use ineffective. We must make certain we can and will punish anyone who uses or threatens to use such weapons against us. That would include the Islamists, but it does not yet include the current regime running Syria. If we start lobbing cruise missiles into Syria, however…….
Now consider that the corporate news media are mostly Democrats, and they love President Obama. While we muse upon this phony crisis, consider what the mass media is not covering:
- How much we hate Obamacare. It’s not defunded yet.
- How much money Congress and the president are wasting. Have we forgotten Federal spending is still out of control?
- The fact that all Obama administration’s scandals are receding further into the past and the RINOs in Congress have done zilch.
- The Obama administration abusing its authority to issue executive orders. For example, the Obama administration is granting more and more illegal immigrants permission to stay in the United States.
- The Obama administration is not enforcing the nation’s laws. For example, we have that unenforced Defense of Marriage Act.
- Our election in Virginia. Less coverage of that election — less study of candidates by the electorate — makes spinning lies about the Republican candidates so much easier.
- And so forth.
- Tom Ewing: Why the World Shouldn’t Tolerate Chemical Weapons Use – Ever (anewdomain.net)
- Poison Gas and Syria (broeder10.wordpress.com)
- Why We’re Outraged by Poison Gas (contraryperspective.wordpress.com)
- Russia releases key findings on chemical attack near Aleppo indicating similarity with rebel-made weapons (rt.com)
- Why Do We Even Care About Syria’s Chemical Weapons? – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Syria, “Credibility” and Historical Amnesia (counterpunch.org)