A prominent journalist has listed ten chemical attacks carried out by the United States or its allies against civilians, as Washington pushes hard to attack Syria accusing it of using chemical weapons.
Wesley Messamore, who published his list on www.policymic.com, first referred to the US military dumping of 20 million gallons of chemicals on Vietnam for nearly a decade of war which ended in 1971.
“Vietnam estimates that as a result of the decade-long chemical attack, 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 babies have been born with birth defects, and 2 million have suffered from cancer or other illnesses,” he wrote.
Messamore said the US military used white phosphorus – a horrific incendiary chemical weapon that melts human flesh – in 2004 in the Iraqi city of Fallujah against Iraqi insurgents.
Fallujah residents and US soldiers revealed in a televised interview how the “US government indiscriminately rained white chemical fire down on the Iraqi city and melted women and children to death.”
Again in Iraq in 2003, the US military littered the environment with munitions made from depleted uranium which is a toxic nuclear waste product.
“As a result, more than half of babies born in Fallujah from 2007 – 2010 were born with birth defects,” said Messamore.
In the early 1950s, he added, the US Army pumped the air full in St. Louis neighborhoods of finely powered zinc cadmium under the pretext of protecting them against Russian attacks. “Since the tests, an alarming number of the area’s residents have developed cancer.”
Messamore also highlighted the police use of tear gas and other chemical irritants against Occupy protesters in 2011 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s attack on men, women and children with tear gas in Waco in 1992.
He also blamed the US military for the death of hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians during World War II from 1944 to 1945, underscoring the nuclear bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Messamore also referred to CIA assistance to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to chemically bombard Iranians and Kurds in 1988 when Iran and Iraq were fighting a war.
And in a tenth case, Messamore said Israel attacked Palestinian civilians with white phosphorus in 2008 and 2009.
Washington is struggling to secure support for military action against Syria over the accusation that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons.
The UN, Iran, Russia, and China have been voicing strong opposition to the US plan for war against Syria.