Unlike the Iraq War, that took 12 years to get to, and happened only after Saddam Hussein had attacked Kuwait and refused to have his entire nation inspected for weapons of mass destruction, President Barack Obama is acting immediately, and intends to use military force against Syria within the next few days.
Today, ABC News reports that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that if the United States attacks Syria, it could lead to a "disastrous war." In an interview earlier this week with The Associated Press, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said any attack on Syria will trigger "chaos" and threaten worldwide peace and security.
In video provided by JewishNewsOne, the demand for gas masks in Israel has tripled.
While in power, Saddam Hussein used gas on his own people. Operation Anfal was an Iraqi genocide campaign against the Kurdish people in northern Iraq. The Anfal campaign began in 1986 and lasted until 1989. The Anfal campaign included ground attacks, aerial bombings, destruction of villages, mass deportation, firing squads, and chemical warfare. Saddam Hussein's gas attacks were mostly on civilians, killing close to 5,000 people, injured close to 10,000, and displaced at least a million of the country's Kurdish population of 3.5 million. The Bush Administration tried to exhaust all diplomatic venues before using military force, and only after a congressional declaration of war did the United States fire missiles towards Iraq.
If President Barack Obama follows through, Syria will be attacked by U.S. forces without congressional approval, and within only a couple years from the start of Syria's internal civil war. If the Iraqi situation was not our business, and it was the strongest issue supporting President Barack Obama campaign for president, where is the U.S. support for his actions against Syria now? The support does not seem to be there, nor does Barack Obama have congressional approval for this action.
Aljazeera reports that the alleged chemical weapons attack on Wednesday killed 355 people and injured thousands in the Syrian city of Ghouta. It is believed that sarin gas might have been used. What are the dangers of sarin gas? Sarin gas breaks down the enzymes that allow our nervous system to communicate, so the victim becomes highly stimulated. Their chest will tighten up, they will start breathing rapidly and show signs of confusion. They can also experience vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and changes in heart rate. Inevitably, they can have convulsions, become unconscious, and either be paralyzed or die.
Recently rebel forces in Syria have gained strength. They were able to cut a supply route out of the city of Aleppo. Yesterday, UN chemical weapons inspectors tried to start their investigation of the alleged gas attack on the Syrian people, when they came under sniper fire.
The Telegraph reports that Britain is planning to join forces with the United States and launch an attack against Syria within days. They report that Royal and U.S. naval vessels are ready to take part in a possible series of cruise missile attacks.