Trump Card 3: Poisonous Weapons and Words

We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had … someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t sink to using chemical weapons. White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer

Another public relations embarrassment

By Roger Childs

Spicer’s obviously didn’t study history in high school.

In criticising Bashar al-Assad’s recent use of poisonous gas against Syrian rebels, he elevated Adolf Hitler to a higher level.

He apparently didn’t know about the gas chambers in the Nazi concentration camps.

 

What makes Assad worse than the Führer

Better than Assad?

According to Trump’s Press Secretary, Hitler … brought them (the Jews) into the Holocaust Center … but Assad dropped them (chemical weapons) down to innocent (sic), into the middle of towns.

Worse than Hitler?

The US didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II, a couple of atomic bombs in the middle of large cities, but no poison gas.

However, in the American (Vietnam) War, the United States made extensive use of chemicals such as napalm and Agent Orange, and hundreds of thousands of civilians were affected.

Where did Spicer go to school?

Why just a fuss over chemical weapons?

In need of lessons in history

There are attacks every day. Why does the world only care when they are chemical weapons? Syrian Kutaiba al-Zouhoury, deliverer of food and medicine to rebel-held towns

As everyone knows, Trump ordered attacks on a Syrian government air base after nerve gas was dropped on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Members of both major American parties commended his initiative, but what happens next?

A more important question is the one mentioned above: why just get excited and react to the use of chemical weapons?

Syrian activist, Rami Jarrah, commented wryly: If I am going to die and had to choose, I’d prefer Sarin (nerve gas). At least then I won’t go unnoticed.

Trump’s lack of understanding of the realities of the conflicts in Syria, and Spicer’s ignorance of history are on-going worries for the US and the World.