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The Chemical Weapons Scam

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Army photo / Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika

A U.S. Army soldier fires his weapon while wearing a gas mask during mobilization training.

Syria has threatened to use chemical weapons against foreign militaries that invade the country. And the world is responding with fear. Or at least anxiety.

Which is why some of us call chemical weapons “weapons of mass disruption” rather than “weapons of mass destruction.”

If you look at the history of chemical weapons dating back to World War I, it turns out they’re a lousy weapon to use against enemies. They have a disconcerting tendency to blow back on your own forces, they tend not to kill many of those targeted, and leave places contaminated.

They are, like biological weapons, effective methods for spreading fear. But they are a really ineffective way to capture the battlefield.

Who wants to occupy a contaminated space that can poison your own troops?

So, Syria: back off. We know how to deal with this. We are not afraid of your nerve agents or other chemical weapons. Our Soldiers and allies have personal protective equipment. They know how to put on a gas mask in nine seconds.

And sleep with it as your pillow, as I did for many years.

7 comments
JackGabel
JackGabel

to date only the so-called 'rebels' - actually Death Squads alla Negroponte-understudy-Ford Salvadore Option - have been proven to be using CWs - absolutely weapons of terror - they even posted a YouTube movie showing a rabbit dying of nerve gas to prove they've got the stuff and threatened to use it, essentially on anyone who fails to join their Jihad - those are the guys fighting with these guys now - http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-israeli-us-jordanian-commandos-operating-in-syria/2013/08/26/

SMA
SMA

well idiot Ritchie, stay away from Syria in that case, don't show them your arrogance to the world... put the mask on and sleep in your bed if that what makes you happy

Kevin Brent
Kevin Brent

The threat is not that Assad would use them on a a Western intervention force. The threat is that he would use them to slaughter millions of his own people the moment an intervention started. And, all this 'John Wayne' talk in the article is absolute ignorance anyway. Do you honestly think Assad gives a whim about such weapons blowing back on his own troops? If you do, your a bigger fool than sound like, Rambo. Filth like Assad, or Putin, or any of these other 'glorious leaders' do not place value on human life. Not, yours, their citizens or their soldiers. To Assad, his soldiers exist to die for him personally, not serve Syria.

rexreed
rexreed

Chemical Weapons are the poor man's nuclear weapons. You know little of what you speak but that is so clear in many of your posts.  Used correctly they can have devastating effect on force mobility.  Look at the casualties inflected on American Soldiers during GW-I through exposure to various toxic agents as crude as burning oil fields.  Our preparations were not enough to protect the fighting force. The ground damage is minor for most agents and will dissipate quite rapidly.

You come from a school that denied GWS, screwed the pooch on both TBI and Psych injuries in these wars.  Why should readers take your opinions seriously?  Remember Medcom is more combat effective than the Taliban.  We will be burying soldiers decades from now because it, and you personally, failed to act. Instead, it spewed scientific drivel and promoted treatments like yoga, reike and dog-petting to treat brain injuries.

Russell Atchison
Russell Atchison

Prior to talking about chemical weapons, think or learn about how Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran during their war.  


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