Mustard Gas Injuries

It was reported this week that a US Military compound in Iraq – Syria was shelled with Mustard Gas. While not what I consider a high-end chemical weapon, I figure it would be worth addressing here.

Why?

Delivery System Mustard Gas Syria

Delivery System Mustard Gas Syria

Mustard Gas isn’t very hard to make or obtain. Which is why groups like ISIS have it in theater. But there is more to the story. In my opinion, we will see mustard gas attacks in a major Western city in my lifetime. If you don’t believe me consider this, Islamic terrorists have easily gotten rocket launchers and military ORD into Europe. And every day, Mexican drug cartels import tons of heroin onto the streets of the United States. Mustard Gas gas isn’t a heavy lift.

Mustard Gas Injuries Syria

Mustard Gas Injuries Syria

Still don’t believe me? AQ made their bones in the worldwide media by successfully knocking down some buildings in the United States. A competing group would love to go down in history as the masterminds of the first successful use of WMD’s in the GWOT. For those about to ask, No: in professional circles, airplanes aren’t really WMD’s. WMD’s fall under the rubric of NBC: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical.

Mustard Gas Injuries Syria

Mustard Gas Injuries Syria

Mustard gas is a chemical agent. And for the average civilian, psychologically, mustard gas would be the same as nerve agent or some end of times, extinction disease. Which it is not. It typically covers a small area and is most dangerous when it damages your lungs. Those fluid filled blisters inside your lungs typically drowns the victims.

No kidding.

I also expect that at some point in the not too distant future, civilians will be very interested in what mustard is and is not.

 

 

 

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  • Todd Young

    I’ve wondered about this possibility for awhile now. Up until the Sarin gas attack by Aum Shinrikyo on Tokyo I had thought that chemicals were something used primarily in combat.

    • I think chemical weapons are so unknown to civilians that it would have a big psychological impact.

      Enough to offset the small actual impact.

      Marky

      • Todd Young

        I agree.

  • Towniesphotos

    If these Animals release chemical weapons into a Western city. I believe it would trigger a possible but not likely nuclear option for the country attacked. Possibly esulting in thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives to eradicate the threat.
    IMHO

    • Not likely. Especially if the actor is not a nation state or under the direct, positive control of a nation state. Being somewhat familiar with how the cogs of power work in western governments, you may see bluster on television. But in reality, no nuclear weapons would be used or authorized in retaliation to a mustard gas attack.

      Simply the dead and wounded counts would likely be way under the numbers for 9-11. Thus they would not rise to the nuclear threshold.

      VX or some other pathogen that moves through large numbers of the population? That might be a different call.

      Marky

    • Darren.K

      Look at the barbary pirates and the “letter of marque and reprisal,” USA should have followed this path 20 years ago // Thanks Clinton

      In the days of fighting sail, a letter of marque and reprisal was a government license authorizing a person (known as a privateer) to attack and capture enemy vessels and bring them before admiralty courts for condemnation and sale.

      Put a bounty on the bad guys head, and enough good guys will kill the bastards and take the bounty

  • Conner

    You know, I hear about this last use of mustard gas aimed at our troops everyday on the news lately. I always wait to hear what we’re going to doin retaliation to these cockroaches attacking Americans with this chemical weapon. I never hear shit! Seems as though community organizers do the same thing as Johnson did (or didn’t do) during the Vietnam war to end it due to his fear of China and Russia stepping in.That was a great call wasn’t it. We ‘only’ lost 58,000 warriors. So the apologizer continues to leave our troops in grave danger. Notice that no “Red Lines” have been drawn? Didn’t work so well for our “commander” last time.

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