The Concept of WMD, and its Use against Syria, in the Propaganda Systems of Western States

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May 20, 2015

By Stephen Gowans

John Mueller, the US political scientist who coined the term “sanctions of mass destruction,” to show that “economic sanctions…by large states…may have contributed to more deaths during the post-Cold War era than all weapons of mass destruction throughout history” [1], wrote an article two years ago in Foreign Affairs, the major foreign policy journal of the US establishment, challenging the idea that Syria’s chemical weapons (when it had them) were a threat. [2] Mueller examined the history of chemical weapons since WWI to make the point that chemical agents are misclassified as weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

According to Mueller, chemical weapons accounted for less than one percent of battle fatalities during the First World War; it took one ton of Sarin gas on average, during that conflict, to produce a single fatality; and only 2-3% of those gassed on the Western front died…

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One Response to The Concept of WMD, and its Use against Syria, in the Propaganda Systems of Western States

  1. beetleypete says:

    Always good to read something from Mr Gowans. Intelligent and thoughtful as usual.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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