1/ Donald Trump’s April 11thmissile-attack-promising reference to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as a “Gas Killing Animalwho kills his own people” reeked of moral hypocrisy in at least three ways:
* Trump had just hosted his “good friend” the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, a leading architect of the arch-reactionary Saudis’ United States-backed and U.S.-equipped crucifixion of Yemen. The Saudi/U.S. war on Yemen has murdered tens of thousands of Yemini civilians and created one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in recent history.
* Trump is trying to turn the entire planet into a Greenhouse Gas Chamber by pushing the U.S. to extract and burn every fossil fuel it can get its hands on.
* If Trump cared about the fate of the Syrian people, he would end his ban on virtually all Syrian refugees to the U.S.
2/ The inverted fetishization of chemical weapons by the U.S. and its Western allies is absurd. Leaving aside the fact that U.S. and its allies have used chemical agents (white phosphorous and more), numerous mass-homicidal actors in Syria – the Assad regimes, ISIS and other Islamist rebels, the U.S., and Russia – have maimed and murdered thousands upon thousands of Syrian civilians with conventional weapons. The West’s selective outrage over chemical ordnance is ethnically nonsensical. It’s like being against the death penalty only when executions take place in gas chambers or through liquid injections but being fine with executions through…