Sunday, September 08, 2013
While We're Focused on Chemical Warfare
It's interesting how selective the United States can be about weapons of mass destruction given that the U.S. continues to be responsible for widespread and ongoing death and destruction from its own chemical and nuclear weapons.
The gas that Obama-Kerry are blaming on Assad appears to have killed somewhere between a few hundred and a thousand or more Syrians.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, the locals are left to live with the radiation hazard created by American depleted uranium (DU) shells and bullets. D.U. is known to cause cancers, birth defects and stillbirths and D.U. contamination is believed to persist for decades, if not generations. D.U. dust particles can be inhaled and then embed in the lungs.
And American chemical weapons are still killing in Vietnam and could be for centuries to come. Agent Orange, generously air delivered as a defoliant, is estimated to remain lethally effective for up to six centuries. It gets in the soil and in the ground water. It too causes cancers, birth defects and stillbirths. Hang in there, Vietnam, only 500 years to go.
Where was our righteous indignation and call to arms when Israel blasted Gazans with white phosphorus rounds and bombs? The Liberal leader of the day absolved Israel for that and one of his former aides now demands that Syria be attacked.
How do we explain our indifference to the cluster bomblets that litter southern Lebanon, taking lives almost daily, that were fired into that area by Israel in the hours prior to ceasefire?
This is not an apology for Assad. He's a brutal, murderous shit in a region full of brutal, murderous shits, among them a number we consider friends. This is about us and it's about our hypocrisy that undermines any credibility we have in denouncing Assad and calling for strikes against Syria.
When do the Vietnamese, the Iraqis or the Afghans get to retaliate against the Americans for the use of WMDs against them in their homelands?