The Horrors of Chemical Warfare

If history does indeed repeat itself, the Ukrainian people may, unfortunately, one day have to face the horrors of a chemical attack.

The United States charged that the Soviet Union had killed more than 3,000 people in Afghanistan with chemical weaponry. According to State Department sources, the evidence came from defectors, refugees, victims, and doctors who treated them. The lethal agents used in Afghanistan included nerve agents, phosgene or phosgene oxide, and mustard gas.

Hundreds of people were killed in the Ghouta chemical attacks on 21 August 2013 during the Syrian Civil War.  Citizens, many of them children, twitched uncontrollably and gasped for air as helicopters broadcast cylinders of chorine gas over the region.

No one took direct responsibility for the massacre. Still, it was widely blamed on President Bashar Assad for carrying out the carnage under the protection of his chief ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin.