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

Dear Readers:

Today finishing this piece from Politnavigator, written by Alexander Rostovtsev.  The author handily exposed American hypocrisy, when Trump’s minion Sean Spicer (a) lied about Assad using chemical weapons against his own people; and (b) compared Assad unfavorably with Hitler.  Rostovtsev went on to detail American crimes against humanity in Korea and especially Vietnam, where the American Military-Industrial Complex, featuring Dow Chemical especially, ravaged a foreign land and people with Agent Orange.

Vietnam then…

Next the author goes on to talk Napalm.  Everybody knows that winged phrase “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”  It comes from Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 anti-war movie Apocalypse Now.  The words are pronounced by the aptly-named Colonel Bill Kilgore, portrayed by actor Robert Duvall.  The full quote:  “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like….
[sniffing, pondering victory. Someday this war’s gonna end…
[suddenly walks off]

Vietnam Today: “Yay, we won!”

The war ended, but not the way Colonel Kilgore intended:  The Vietnamese won.  It was the Vietnamese people who got to smell that sweet scent of Victory; and it was the Colonel Kilgores who were forced to escape on helicopters and return to their own continent, defeated and embittered.

In spite of America’s clear superiority in the sphere of chemical warfare and their unremitting use of napalm to burn people alive, America lost the war.  To this day, American war hawks blame the domestic anti-war movement for their bitter loss.  American anti-war militants did contribute something to the outcome, they did help to open the American people’s eyes to the truth of this grossly unjust and imperialist war, that is a fact.  But mostly it was the Vietnamese army, which won on its own battlefield.  The Vietnamese people just couldn’t be broken.  Neither by Agent Orange, nor even by Napalm.

Vietnam Today: The real smell of Victory…

Napalm is a gelatinous form of benzine.  The Americans and their South Vietnamese compradore allies employed napalm widely, and thickly, throughout all of the Vietnamese countryside.  Primarily against enemy troops (= Viet Cong), but had no moral qualms about using it against peaceful civilians as well.  Domestically speaking, back in those days, America was not yet a totalitarian society, there was still a mass media that was independent from the government.  A segment of that media was militantly anti-war.  Thanks to this, photos of innocent Vietnamese children being burned alive, were disseminated to the public.  The little naked girl in the iconic photo (she had to tear off her clothes because they were on fire) became a symbol of American barbarism.  The public outcry shook the entire world.  International pressure eventually forced the U.S. and other nations to adopt, in 1980, an International Convention, which forbids the use of napalm near populated villages.  True to form, the Americans never accepted any guilt or responsibility for the action depicted in the photo, instead blaming their puppet South Vietnamese air force.  Still, they signed the Convention.

Phan today: Still undergoing skin grafts

Ironically, the little Napalm Girl herself, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, grew up, rejected Communism, and defected to Canada, a nation which had employed a small contingent of troops during the imperialist war against her native country.  Phan’s political beliefs belong to her and should not be second-guessed.  She apparently spends her life performing good works and running charities on behalf of war victims (from various wars) suffering from burns.  To this day Phan is still receiving medical treatment and skin grafts for that terrible thing that happened to her when she was nine.

The Case Of Bradley/Chelsea Manning

Next we move along to more recent times.  Bradley Edward Manning, a young American soldier, was looking at 100 years in prison.  What was his crime?  He had handed over to Wikileaks a packet of documents proving that the Americans, during their invasion of Iraq, had employed chemical weapons not only against the Iraqi army, but also against peaceful civilians.

Bradley Manning: courageous whistle-blower

Thanks to Manning, the American public learned that their troops, during the storming of Fallujah, had used a chemical weapon called White Phosphorus.  This substance is extremely dangerous and harmful.  It has a very high temperature of combustion and the fire is almost impossible to put out, once it gets going.  White Phosphorus, once it gets on human flesh, cannot be quenched with water.  It does not need oxygen from the air:  It will suck oxygen directly from the human body, and keep on burning.  Nonetheless, peoples instinct, when being burned, is to jump in the water.  The active ingredient is Organic Acid Anhydride.  When water is added, it forms Phosphoric Acid, the type of substance which is used as an anti-corrosive on automobile chassis.  The Americans developed this particular weapon back in Vietnam — see, everything goes back to Vietnam, that was the template!  Mines containing White Phosphorus were given the code-name Willy-Peter.  Americans continue to use Willy-Peter on the battlefield, as do their allies, such as the Israelis, for example against Palestinians.  In more recent years, America’s newest compradore government, the Nationalist/Banderite one in the Ukraine, was accused of using Willy-Peter against residents of the town of Slavyansk.

In addition to White Phosphorus, the Americans also employed tear gas in Fallujah.  This may not seem like such a big deal; except that an international convention signed in 1997, forbids the use of tear gas on the battlefield.  It is only allowed to be used in police-type situations.

Rostovtsev goes on to explain the necessity of this ban:  Out in the open, like in street demonstrations, tear gas is not so bad, because it dissipates quickly in the open air.  War is different:  civilians tend to hole up in their basements, or hide in water pipes and other closed spaces.  When tear gas gets inside these closed environments, it can be deadly, especially for children, old people, the sickly, and those already wounded.  People start coughing, their lungs burn, the torment can drive some to run out into the open:  Straight into artillery fire.  Others stay enclosed and cough themselves to death, dying in torment.

А судьи кто?

It goes without saying that none of these international norms or conventions, all of them based on historical experiences and sound principles, ever stopped the Americans from doing exactly as they please on the battlefield.  As Rostovtsev concludes his expose, he takes one more shot at American hypocrites such as Sean Spicer, who pose as winged cherubims while accusing others of doing exactly what they have done, and continue to do.

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