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Wed Aug 28, 2013, 04:35 PM

Syria: Drop medicines, not bombs

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Source: New Scientist

THE horrors of the Iran-Iraq war, in which tens of thousands were killed by chemical weapons, leave no doubt of the danger Syrians face from further atrocities like last week's in Damascus.

Now that the line has almost certainly been crossed, further attacks seem likely. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is thought to be holding stockpiles of the nerve agent sarin, and clearly there is willingness (from whichever side) to use it.

If, as also seems likely, the West decides to intervene, what action should it take? It is highly improbable that the threat can be reduced by bombing the stockpiles (see "Wind and rockets key clues in Syrian chemical puzzle" and "Iraq offers grim lessons for Syrian gas survivors"). Giving people the means to protect themselves is much better.

Iranian toxicologists who studied the victims of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s found that administering antidotes to nerve agents mainly atropine and pralidoxime injected into muscle in the hours and days after a sarin attack can save lives and reduce the chances of chronic symptoms in survivors. Even cheap alternatives such as sodium bicarbonate and magnesium sulphate can help.


Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929321.500-syria-drop-medicines-not-bombs.html#.Uh5di6nn-Ag



After all the arguing and fighting, I see something that I support. I do hope that someone who reads this has the ear of the President, the Department of Defense, or someone in power. Whether you believe we should support strikes or stay out of the situation, delivering supplies that will save peoples lives should be acceptable.

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Agnosticsherbet Aug 2013 OP
Arctic Dave Aug 2013 #1
SleeplessinSoCal Aug 2013 #2
avaistheone1 Aug 2013 #3
SleeplessinSoCal Aug 2013 #4
avaistheone1 Aug 2013 #5
pinto Aug 2013 #6

Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 04:47 PM

1. Include gas mask in that also.

 

A far better solution then bombing the place.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 04:53 PM

2. Hear! Hear! Really schock the world by dropping food, clothing and medicine.

Something to help all the people and set an example of compassion.

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Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 05:21 PM

3. I think it would be an inspirational and historic thing to do.

It would certainly ease some of the tensions.

Wouldn't it be great if it were done today on the anniversary of Dr King's March? That would be a meaningful commemoration of the man, and a step towards peace in the region.

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Response to avaistheone1 (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 05:32 PM

4. Indeed it would. On the other hand, chances are slim that it would happen.

And as a result we'll just be that much more disappointed. It sure would shock the hell out of Assad and his team of thugs though.

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Response to SleeplessinSoCal (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 05:44 PM

5. I think it is the kind of thing that would shake up the world on a lot of levels.

It would at least be a pause, and provide a moment to reflect. And it would be a demonstration that their are alternative ways to think and act even in dark, desperate times.


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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2013, 06:41 PM

6. Hi Agnosticsherbet,

As stated on the website this is an opinion article. Good read, but doesn't fit Late Breaking News guidelines. Maybe repost in GD or Good Reads? Locking.

Thanks for your understanding.

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