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Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Who Has Used Poison Gas?

U.N.  investigators have just announced that there is evidence that both sides in the Syrian Civil War  have used chemical weapons within the last year.

And before that, within the last half-century, two other Muslim Arab states have used poison gas against their enemies. 

 Muslim Arabs in Iraq used poison gas against two different enemies ini both the 1980s and 1990s.. Saddam Hussein's military employed poison gas against the iranians during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. And then, within Iraq, the Sunni Arabs used poison gas against the Kurds, most famously at Halabja.

In the mid-1960s, in the proxy war fought in Yemen between Egypt and tSaudi Arabia, that is between leftist Arabs and monarchists,  with each country backing a different side in Yemen, Egypt's military, with Nasser's approval, gassed enemy troops.

So in the past half-century, all over the world, only three countries have used poison gas against those, foreign and domestic, they wished to kill.. Those countries are Egypt, Syria, Iraq, countries  whose peoples are suffused with Islam. Think about that.

Posted on 06/04/2013 8:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
4 Jun 2013
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I assume it is because the average soldier in those countries' armies cannot maintain the necessary military discipline to be relied upon to fight.

4 Jun 2013
Hugh Fitzgerald

But surely the Germans who used poison gas during World War I against other soliders, and against helpless Jews in mobile trucks and immobile gas chambers in the camps, were well-disciplined. 

No. It refkectsm rather, the hysteria, the violence, the hatred, that in Islamic societies can be easily whipped up, and then lead to the willingness -- without any hesitation -- to use any means to destroy those regarded as the enemy, including political, ethnic and sectarian enemies (Kurds in Iraq, Sunnis in Syria, tribes loyal to the ancien regime in Yemen).  Right now both sides in the Syrian conflict would, if they didn't think the outside world might withhold support, or give it to the other side, use such weaponry all over the place. Neither side has any moral reservations or hesitations -- only practical ones. .

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