Yesterday, on Tuesday 04/04/17, poisonous nerve gas was dropped by warplanes on the city of Khan Sheikhun, in Syria’s Idlib province. (The city happens to be one of the last rebel bastions in Syria.)
The chemical gas – suspected to be sarin – caused the death of at least 60 (11 of the dead are small children!) and severe injuries in at least a 100 of people. The suffering inflicted by this type of nerve gas is inhumane: the unfortunates who have been exposed experience pain and other sensations that are hard to imagine. The symptoms range from foaming at the mouth, bleeding from the nose and mouth, convulsions, seizures, paralysis and eventually respiratory failure. (This is not the complete list!)
Local hospital struggling to save the injured was also hit by the toxic gas. Efforts to save the survivors are on-going in Syria; according to reports some of the injured have been taken to Turkey for treatment.
No one, anywhere in the world and for no reason whatsoever should ever experience such level of suffering. That’s why the use of chemical and biological weapons is outlawed worldwide since shortly after World War I. The world community confirmed and strengthened the ban to prohibit not only the use of such weapons, but their development, production, storage and even ownership of materials necessary for production of chemical and biological weapons again and again (in 1972 and 1993). The worldwide, total ban on chemical and biological weapons is part of an arms control treaty called CWC: the Chemical Weapons Convention. Plain and simple: the use of chemical and biological weapons is a WAR CRIME.
The international community – especially in Europe! – reacted to the tragedy in Khan Sheikhun, Syria with outrage and condemnation of the use of chemical weapons. It called for an in-depth investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators as war criminals.
Syria denied its involvement in the barbaric attack. So did Russia, the supporter of the Bashar al-Assad regime. (Syria has a history of using chemical weapons on its people. Sarin gas was dropped on Ghouta, toxic chlorine gas was deployed over time in several areas of Syria, unidentified as of yet toxic gas killed 93 in an area not far from Khan Sheikhun just last December.
In his initial reaction to the news of the tragedy President Trump called the attack a “heinous” act and after a few words of condemnation shifted blame for the attack on… President Obama(!) accusing him of not taking a more decisive (aggressive?) action against Syria.
Others blame recent statements made by current U.S. officials (secretary of state, Rex Tillerson and US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley; both of whom stated that the removal of the Syrian regime isn’t a priority for the United States anymore) for emboldening Syria.
At the request of Britain and France, the UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting on Tuesday’s war crime in Syria, today.
Syrian refuges are NOT welcome in the United States.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich