WorldNetDaily.com, home of the Birther movement, is a place where any conjecture is welcome as long as it tarnishes President Barack Obama. The discussion about Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons is no different.
In his commentary as September 11 drew to a close late last night, Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano needed to make the point that the U.S. is no different than Syria when it comes to the use of chemical weapons. He also stridently pointed out that since Syria did not sign on to the chemical weapons ban they are well within their rights to use these weapons that the world community has condemned.
In his column Napolitano states that:
"Syria never agreed to the U.N. prohibition on chemical weapons in the first place. So the U.N. is without lawful authority to authorize any violent American intercession in Syria over the use of these weapons.
We don’t know whether the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people who may or may not have been combatants in its civil war. But we do know that the government of Syria – like all governments – has a natural right to defend itself from violent attacks by terrorist groups."
While Napolitano’s seemed justification for use of chemical weapons against its own people is outside the mainstream his hint that we are in no position to judge another country after Waco is on the fringe of the fringe:
"We also know that the U.S. used chemical weapons to kill hundreds of Vietcong soldiers in South Vietnam in 1965 and used them as well to kill 76 Americans in Waco, Texas, where federal agents murdered peaceful religious fanatics, including their children, in 1993. Can you imagine the response if another country sought to use violence to punish the Clinton administration for that?"
Napolitano offers up a scenario that creates in the reader’s mind the impression that David Koresh was peaceful, federal agents committed murder that day; and incredibly used chemical weapons to do it.
The Waco tragedy along with the events at Ruby Ridge were longtime staples of those obsessed with Clinton conspiracy theories. What Napolitano has accomplished is a nostalgic trip down memory lane while justifying the murder of hundreds of innocent children who he says may or may not have been combatants or even terrorists in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
It is likely even talk radio will ignore this canard but if Fox News does not distance itself from such wild Imagineering and moral equivalence between a peaceful nation and a brutal dictator on September 11 no less, it has taken one step further away from traditional American mainstream values and patriotism.