The Syrian crisis is fast becoming the war that nearly was with John Kerry in Europe (here) to try and get together some order to the tatters of a policy and overreaction for the establishment.
I say overreaction, because almost from its inception and not properly consulting of global (as well as local) opinions, this assault on tyranny and oppression is dying a death. Not of course that anyone wants to see it die, (with the possible exception of Assad) but because opposition to war, Iraq, and possible consequences are saving the day.
People are concerned when they get misled and it certainly proves the adage of crying wolf…… too many times……. and again bringing up motives and speculation of alternative agendas.
What is clear is that many of those that condemn what is a very intricate issue, have indeed been guilty of their own atrocities, and non benevolence. There is a mass condemnation of Chemical weapons, and I would say it does not matter…. not one iota.
If I kill you with a chemical weapon, a drone, or depleted uranium, you would not be at all concerned what the method was, your concern would be that your dead. Not how you died, as surely that must be secondary. Is there a good way of dieing?
The idea of getting rid of chemical weapons is a convenient one, certainly to the largest powers, because they can no longer use Chemical warfare, it’s considered anti social, but any rogue power could……. and it is a battlefield condition that could and would really hurt. Kind of like the playground games that when, if I can’t play I am taking the ball. But is it a serious effort to stop people getting killed? Not really because if we were serious in our commitment to that, we would ban so many other weapons too…….
Atomic Weapons…. You can see just how we came to where we are today and the video by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto below highlights the cold war and our intended dominance of all other countries. This is a must watch video of testing, but watch to the end and it perhaps will give some a little hope. (make sure you have sound and full screen).
So perfecting Atomic weapons have been a huge priority and culminated in the Cold war periods, but I would suggest if you have a nuclear warhead , why on earth does it need to be a better, bigger more powerful warhead.
We already know what the original ones did, can we now suppose we all this testing that they are infinitely more powerful than those of Nagasaki and Hiroshima?
Chemical warfare saw in 1997 31,500 tons to the USA and 40,000 tons to the USSR and since then because of arms treaties have reduced to 10% (USA) and 43% to the USSR left for destruction, with the remainder ongoing for both countries.
Although commendable that both world powers have virtually stopped testing atomic weapons and are getting rid of chemical weapons, the question is just what on earth would we do with such power and killing weapons. If one weapon of this magnitude does not convince your adversary of your intension’s, how would several thousand that could kill the planet several times over be a logical alternative…..
We cannot as human beings name a war, or conflict that can be shown to have achieved a worthwhile goal or objective, yet, we make arms on such a huge scale it beggars belief. Yet our governments held the widely held belief that having more ‘big sticks’ than the other guy’s made sure you would not get beaten………….
Little wonder why Assad has chemical weapons in the first place, and reluctance to remove them, because its the only ‘Big Stick’ he has, with no inclination for others about him to remove theirs!
The option of course is to ban all indiscriminate weapons of ALL types.