by Carlos Alberto Montaner
(FIRMASPRESS) The Syrian Army exterminated hundreds of its citizens as if they were cockroaches. Many of them were children. Practically all were defenseless civilians. That government’s cruelty has no limits. The dead exceed one hundred thousand.
One of the theories is that Assad’s generals used sarin gas to terrify their adversaries. That chemical began as a devastating insecticide. When the Germans in 1939, one year after discovering it, realized that it was 500 times more powerful than cyanide, they hastened to turn it into a weapon of war. At that time, Mr. Hitler was more interested in killing people than insects.
Eventually, all major powers manufactured it but in the 1970s decided to ban it. Its effects were much too horrifying. It killed by asphyxia, amid growing pain and a total loss of control of vital functions. People died in convulsions, screaming, mired in their own urine and excrement.
That is why, exactly one year ago, President Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons like sarin was the limit of allowable atrocities. From that point on, he threatened, the United States would take direct reprisals against Assad’s regime.