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U.S. tied to poison gas

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

In “Mein Kampf,” Adolph Hitler wrote, “if at the beginning of the war and during the war twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.” Nevertheless, although Germany synthesized sarin, a nerve poison gas, during World War II, the Nazi regime never deployed it as a chemical weapon against the Allies.

In August 2013, the U.S. has accused Syria of utilizing sarin in a chemical warfare attack in a suburb of Damascus. However, during the Iran-Iraq War in April 1988, sarin was employed four times against Iranian soldiers by Iraqi forces during the Second Battle of al-Faw, thus enabling Iraq to retake the al-Faw Peninsula.

Who coordinated those attacks with sarin, a weapon of mass destruction, pioneering its military deployment? The United States employed satellite imagery to assist the Iraqi military in pinpointing Iranian troops during those attacks.

What now? All of a sudden, America is jumpstarting the United Nations inspection with threats of military retaliation before the results have been released. The British Parliament rejected the option of military strikes; only Washington, under Obama’s record of foreign policy miscalculations, and Israel, are trigger-happy.

One, await the full UN report; two, seek a consensus in the UN Security Council; three, get Congressional approval for a limited pre-emptive attack; and four, cut the American and Israeli moral arrogance in the face of historical facts of their complicity in the murder of civilians, and their possession of WMD, particularly nuclear weapons. Millions of Palestinian civilians — Muslim and Christian — have suffered and died at the hands of Israel with the military and financial support of Washington.

Joseph N. Manago
Briarwood

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