I don’t know if what happened in Syria today was a chemical attack or not.
All day the internet has been flooded with videos and photos of dead and dying people who were hit by some sort of bombardment just outside of Damascus. It’s barbaric, and heartbreaking.
Many of the dead were little children. The victims do not seem to have any exterior wounds on their bodies. Some of the dead and dying showed clear signs of chemical attack: pupils dilated, cold limbs and foam in their mouths. Doctors say these are typical symptoms of nerve gas victims. I don’t know if what we’re seeing is real or not; but my sense is that this is too big to fake; there are too many videos, too many pictures, and too many dead people for this to be some elaborate hoax.
I don’t know if what was used in Syria today was gas, I only know that the fear in the eyes and on the faces of the children in the videos is real. There is a United Nations chemical weapons inspection team currently in Damascus, but they are not being allowed to leave their hotel, which is just 15 kilometers from the site of today’s bombardment. If the UN chemical team is not going to drive the 10 minutes to the Damascus suburbs TODAY for a fact finding mission, they might as well leave Damascus now.
One year ago exactly, on August 21 2013 US President Barack Obama got up in the White House and said that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would be crossing a red line that would elicit a strong US response. “It would change my calculation,” he said.
Should today’s bombardment be proven to be a chemical attack, Obama must act against Bashar Assad. To hell with Putin, and to hell with the Chinese, and to hell with the Iranians.
There is an evil spreading in our part of the world. And if Obama couldn’t be bothered to put it to the sword, then we Israelis, we Jews who complain that the world didn’t come to our aid when we were gassed during the Holocaust, cannot sit by and do nothing while people are being gassed in Syria.