I saw this piece in Politnavigator, written by Alexander Rostovtsev. It is an excellent debunking of America’s claim to moral superiority when it comes to discussing the issue of chemical weapons.
The piece begins with the part of the story which was covered adequately even in Westie media: namely, the gaffe emitted by President Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer when he invoked Godwin’s Law and compared Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Hitler — and unfavorably, at that! Spicer, displaying gross ingorance, claimed that “even Hitler” never used chemical weapons on the battlefield. Bloggers and even Real Journalists rushed to refute this blooper. They pointed out Hitler’s extensive use of chemicals, such as Zyklon-B gas, against literally hundreds of thousands of innocent non-combatants, primary Jews, who had been hounded out of their homes from all over Europe and herded into Hitler’s death camps.
By comparison, al-Assad never did anything like that. Plus, the people he is fighting against are not exactly innocents: They are armed gangs of Al-Qaeda and ISIS jihadists. So, the “lazy-Godwin” comparison falls apart right there at the start.
Not to mention the fact that the Germans actively pursued chemical weapons research in the course of the war, with brainy Nazi scientists inventing such deadly concoctions as sarin gas, soman gas, and the tabun nerve agent. The Nazis eagerly tested their recipes on the helpless civilians held captive in their death camps. If they didn’t empoy these gases on the battlefield, it was not due to pangs of conscience nor humanitarian compassion for enemy soldiers, but rather, knowing that, as per the unwritten rules of any war, the enemy would retaliate in kind. This one tiny fact may be what Sean Spicer had in mind, and could possibly mitigate his gross mis-statement. On the other hand, Spicer and his ilk always refer to al-Assad’s “regime”, despite the fact that Assad was elected into office democratically by the Syrian people.
[yalensis: As opposed to Trump and his entourage who even “admit” themselves now that their own so-called “election” was highly-compromised and possibly “hacked by the Russians”, as they themselves claim, in essence calling themselves illegitimate bastards. In which case, they themselves are just an undemocratic “regime” and nothing more. This last paragraph somewhat facetious, as I don’t actually believe the Russians hacked the American election, but it’s what even Trump is saying now, so who knows? Maybe he should submit his resignation to the American people!]
The Real Victims
Next, delving deeper beyond the surface story involving Trump, Spicer, Assad, Hitler and Godwin, Rostovtsev goes on to bring up some “incovenient truths” about American past behavior in the wonderful world of Chemistry. Oh, these hypocrite Americans are no angels, and that is a fact. One only needs to ask certain Asian and also some Arabic peoples who were unfortunate enough to get in the way of Pax Americana.
With the end of World War II, and the Nazi chemical arsenal in American hands, the very first nation in world history to suffer from massive use of chemical weapons was … wait for it… Korea! The army of North Korea, as well as ordinary North Korean civilians were blasted with Napalm and White Phosphorus. The chemical weapons were accompanied by the first large-scale use of biological weapons, in the form of plague-infected fleas.
But Korea was just the dress rehearsal. Vietnam was the proving ground for American weapons of mass destruction. Never before, or since, Vietnam, were so many chemical weapons used on so many people. Both soldiers and civilians. The best known of these weapons was the infamous Agent Orange. This defoliant, whose active and most deadly ingredient is Dioxin, was employed liberally in Vietnam by the American invaders for a full 10 years: 1961-1971. The American Defense Department estimates that the Americans dispersed onto the territory of South Vietnam approximately 44 million Liters of Dioxin. The deadly chemical did not merely destroy Vietnamese forests, but also seeped into the ground and into the water. Within the organisms of humans, this poison resulted in skin infections, cancer, and birth defects. The Politnavigator piece includes horrific photos of Vietnamese babies and children affected by this poison, and I would advise readers not to let any kids be looking over your shoulder, if you decide to view these disturbing photos.
The legacy of this poison continues even today, two generations on. Now, the American government never cared about Vietnamese victims, they barely even cared about their own soldiers (some of whom were poisoned delivering the defoliant; and others poisoned while patrolling on the ground) and continued to deny that anything was amiss.
However, in 1984 some members of the American military were able to “win” a civil case against Monsanto and Dow Chemical, the producers of the defoliant. The chemical companies were forced to settle for $180 million, with the money going into a rehabilitation fund, while the companies technically did not admit any blame.
In 2004, Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange also brought to court a civil case against Monsanto and Dow Chemical. But they were not able to obtain any financial compensation for their suffering, with the Federal Court of Brooklyn cynically dismissing this case, on the grounds of “the absence of direct witnesses”. Justice Delayed was Justice Denied to these direct victims of chemical warfare and their descendants.
Next: American military loves the smell of napalm in the morning.
[to be continued]