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The world is SHOCKED after chemical attack KILLS 100 civilians, but justice is unlikely

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
4/5/2017 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

The world is guilty of this. We are all guilty.

Syrian forces loyal to Bashir al Assad continue to attack civilians with chemical weapons, a day after a gas attack that killed over 100 people. The international community has condemned the attacks, but there seems to be no solution to the ongoing criminal behavior of the Assad regime.

A boy clings to life following exposure to toxic nerve gas.

A boy clings to life following exposure to toxic nerve gas.

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/5/2017 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, gas, civilians, attack, children


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- The media is filled with images of the dead and dying following a gas attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, in Idlib, Syria by regime forces. It is believed the town was hit with a nerve agent, possibly sarin gas. Other gas shells may also have been used.

The attack has killed 72 people, by official count, but over 100 are reported dead, unofficially. Another 400 have been injured by the attacks. Rescuers say they are still locating survivors who have hidden in homes and basements.


Both the Syrian and Russian governments deny the attacks, saying that gas leaked from a rebel warehouse that was hit by bombs. Most experts have rejected this claim.

Russian officials say they bombed a production facility where such gas was being made for use in Iraq. The story is not believed because if it were true, the Allied Coalition should have been notified of the target in advance, and might have assisted in its neutralization.

A father holds the bodies of his two children killed in the gas attack.

A father holds the bodies of his two children killed in the gas attack.


Even though the West is backing the rebels fighting against Assad, they will not condone chemical weapons use.

The world has condemned the attacks. Pope Francis called it an "unacceptable massacre." Several leaders have called for Assad, or those found to be responsible, to face justice. A resolution has been put forward by the UN to request flight logs and the names of Syrian commanders responsible for Tuesday's airstrikes. The resolution is unlikely to succeed because Russia and Iran can block it.

Child survivors are kept warm following the attacks.

Child survivors are kept warm following the attacks.


Russian intervention in the conflict has saved the Assad regime from defeat at the hands of the western backed rebels. The rebels hold most of the territory in Syria, but the Assad regime controls most of the major population centers. The rebels and the Assad regime both are also fighting Al Qaeda affiliates and the Islamic State.

President Trump said the attacks could not be ignored by the civilized world. However, the civilized world is almost certain to do just that. Without a unified front to insist on bringing Assad to justice, there is little that can be lawfully done.

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