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Both the United Nations Charter and the Chemical Weapons Convention provide means for international investigation and sanction of the use of prohibited weapons. Unilateral use of military force in these circumstances by the United States, which has not been attacked and is not in imminent danger of attack, is unlawful.

Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don't, and the Dangers Ahead; Trump Launches Attack on Syria

Phyllis Bennis; MoveOn.org Civic Action Common Dreams
Donald Trump just ordered the launch of dozens of Tomahawk missiles to strike Syria. It's an illegal and unauthorized escalation that could have devastating consequences, killing innocent Syrians and U.S. service members. Escalation against Syria will not help the victims of this heinous chemical attack, it will not bring the devastating war in Syria to a quicker end, it will not bring back the dead children. It will not defeat ISIS or end terrorism.

Poster of the Week

Center for the Study of Political Graphics Center for the Study of Political Graphics
CSPG's Poster of the Week recalls that the U.S. practice of war includes herbicides targeting productive croplands.

Secret World War II Chemical Experiments Tested Troops By Race

Caitlin Dickerson NPR
While the Pentagon admitted decades ago that it used American troops as test subjects in experiments with mustard gas, until now, officials have never spoken about the tests that grouped subjects by race. And it wasn't just African-Americans. Japanese-Americans were used as test subjects, serving as proxies for the enemy so scientists could explore how mustard gas and other chemicals might affect Japanese troops. Puerto Rican soldiers were also singled out.

Syria: Accidental Diplomacy in the Devils' Playground

Iara Lee Huffington Post
Washington politicians' chagrin at the prospect of a peaceful resolution makes one thing very clear: they do not care about chemical weapons, they do not care about dead children, and they do not care about Syrians, period. If they did, they might have themselves put forth the fairly unimaginative proposal that Syria give up its stockpile of chemical weapons. They might have not helped to nurture the Islamist insurgency.

Syria Chemical Attack Underlines Need for Israel Shift on Non-Conventional Weapons (Jewish Daily Forward)

Aaron Magid Jewish Daily Forward
Although Israel has refused to publicly acknowledge its chemical weapons program, the U.S. Office of Technology has identified Israel as a nation with likely offensive chemical weapons capabilities. In addition to Israel's controversial chemical weapons program, Israel is one of few nations not to ratify the nuclear non-proliferation agreement.

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How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria

Gareth Porter Truthout | News
A careful examination of the Obama administration's summary of the intelligence on which it is basing the case for military action to punish the Assad regime for alleged use of chemical weapons reveals misleading language evocative of the infamous 2002 Iraq WMD intelligence estimate.

Only a Peace Conference, Not Air Strikes, Can Stop Further Bloodshed

Patrick Cockburn The Independent UK
Governments in Washington, London and Paris should realise that in one respect the slaughter by chemical weapons of hundreds of people in Damascus on 21 August is an opportunity as well as a crime. It is an opportunity because the chemical weapons atrocity and the crisis it has provoked show that the Syrian civil war cannot be left to fester. The use of poison gas is the grossest sign, but not the only one, that the level of violence is spiralling out of control.
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