[Marxism] Fwd: Isolated and Forgotten in Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 16 06:29:30 MST 2016

In another violation of international law, the Assad regime continues to 
use illegal barrel bombs,–improvised explosives made from oil barrels or 
gas cylinders and filled with chemicals (such as chlorine), metals, TNT, 
etc.—which the Syrian Army has dropped on hundreds of civilian towns. 
By targeting residential areas—particularly hospitals, schools, 
churches, mosques and markets–these crude bombs, along with elephant 
rockets, cluster munitions and other chemical weapons, have been the 
leading cause of death in Syria.  Despite agreeing to remove and destroy 
Syria’s chemical weapons program in 2013 (under international 
supervision), and since the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 
Resolution 2209 banned the use of chlorine gas as a weapon, the army has 
continued carrying out deadly sarin and chlorine attacks.  According to 
the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the 
(now rarely discussed) use of chemical weapons in Syria’s war has become 


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