Chemistry and Life: What Did Trump’s Press Secretary Lie About? – Part I

Dear Readers:

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.

Sean Spicer: Blustering Holocaust Denier and Ignorant Buffoon

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.

Cannisters of Nazi Zyklon-B

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.

Assad: “Unlike you, I won MY election fair and square!”

[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.

America poisoned Vietnam with Agent Orange

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.

Dow has victims living all over the world.

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]

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2 Responses to Chemistry and Life: What Did Trump’s Press Secretary Lie About? – Part I

  1. Lyttenburgh says:

    Not only the Yanks – and surely, they were not first.

    Winston Churchill’s shocking use of chemical weapons

    “Secrecy was paramount. Britain’s imperial general staff knew there would be outrage if it became known that the government was intending to use its secret stockpile of chemical weapons. But Winston Churchill, then secretary of state for war, brushed aside their concerns. As a long-term advocate of chemical warfare, he was determined to use them against the Russian Bolsheviks. In the summer of 1919, 94 years before the devastating strike in Syria, Churchill planned and executed a sustained chemical attack on northern Russia.

    The British were no strangers to the use of chemical weapons. During the third battle of Gaza in 1917, General Edmund Allenby had fired 10,000 cans of asphyxiating gas at enemy positions, to limited effect. But in the final months of the first world war, scientists at the governmental laboratories at Porton in Wiltshire developed a far more devastating weapon: the top secret “M Device”, an exploding shell containing a highly toxic gas called diphenylaminechloroarsine. The man in charge of developing it, Major General Charles Foulkes, called it “the most effective chemical weapon ever devised”

    Trials at Porton suggested that it was indeed a terrible new weapon. Uncontrollable vomiting, coughing up blood and instant, crippling fatigue were the most common reactions. The overall head of chemical warfare production, Sir Keith Price, was convinced its use would lead to the rapid collapse of the Bolshevik regime. “If you got home only once with the gas you would find no more Bolshies this side of Vologda.”The cabinet was hostile to the use of such weapons, much to Churchill’s irritation. He also wanted to use M Devices against the rebellious tribes of northern India. “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes,” he declared in one secret memorandum. He criticised his colleagues for their “squeamishness”, declaring that “the objections of the India Office to the use of gas against natives are unreasonable. Gas is a more merciful weapon than [the] high explosive shell, and compels an enemy to accept a decision with less loss of life than any other agency of war.”

    He ended his memo on a note of ill-placed black humour: “Why is it not fair for a British artilleryman to fire a shell which makes the said native sneeze?” he asked. “It is really too silly.”

    A staggering 50,000 M Devices were shipped to Russia: British aerial attacks using them began on 27 August 1919, targeting the village of Emtsa, 120 miles south of Archangel. Bolshevik soldiers were seen fleeing in panic as the green chemical gas drifted towards them. Those caught in the cloud vomited blood, then collapsed unconscious.

    The attacks continued throughout September on many Bolshevik-held villages: Chunova, Vikhtova, Pocha, Chorga, Tavoigor and Zapolki. But the weapons proved less effective than Churchill had hoped, partly because of the damp autumn weather. By September, the attacks were halted then stopped. Two weeks later the remaining weapons were dumped in the White Sea. They remain on the seabed to this day in 40 fathoms of water.”

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