A hundred years ago, mustard gas was used to questionable effect by European armies during World War I. The unstable properties of the weapon and the effects of wind and weather made it as dangerous to the user as it was to the intended victim. The damage caused by mustard gas, during the war, were horrific on a personal scale but had little strategic value.
The usage of chemical and biological weapons was banned by the Geneva Protocol in 1928. Later agreements also banned the production and transfer of biological (1972) and chemical (1993) weapons. Unfortunately, it appears that ISIS didn’t get the memo.
According to Reuters, a source at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that sulfur mustard was used against Kurdish soldiers in Iraq. The attack occurred in August and was discovered after a number of soldiers fell sick after fighting.
It is not yet known whether the mustard gas was produced by ISIS or if it was part of a stockpile captured from Syria. If the terrorist organization is producing mustard gas, it would be possible for its use to spread beyond the battlefield and for it to be used against civilian targets in Europe. On the other hand, if the mustard gas was seized from a Syrian stockpile, it brings in to question how effective the Russian-led effort to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons program in 2013 was.
“If Syria has indeed given up its chemical weapons to the international community, it is only the part that has been declared to the OPCW and the declaration was obviously incomplete,” the anonymous diplomat said.
Either way, the confirmation means that ISIS is even more barbaric than was generally thought. We can now add using banned weapons of mass destruction to a list that already includes mass shootings, sponsoring terrorism, torture, rape and enslaving their enemies.
This organization has already brought terror to our shores. They are unswayed by world opinion, by internationally-shared concepts of right and wrong and – like a mad dog that threatens an entire neighborhood – they need to be put down. Not only for the good of the community, but also to end their pained existence.
The United States military is like a bull in a china shop. We go in and break all of the merchandise but make a lousy manager when it comes to replacing it. Fortunately, ISIS isn’t a state. It is a terrorist regime that needs to be introduced to the full weight of American firepower. Then, we can go away. Syria, Iraq and the other areas that are currently controlled by ISIS aren’t interested in American-style democracy and we, as a country, are not interested in nation building in such a hostile environment.
Let’s go break their toys and come home. Maybe the Russians would like to try their hand at nation building in the Middle East. It worked out so well for them in Afghanistan.
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