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Outside Packer: Chemical Attacks In Syria

On April 4th, 2017, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad committed a war crime on his own civilians. The chemical weapon sarin gas was dropped on a small village surrounded by farms. There was no military target there, no reason to kill these innocent people besides to slash any hope that they had to defeat their tyrant ruler. For almost 7 years, a civil war has been raging in the middle eastern country that includes a plethora of different forces all vying for control of the country. This conflict is far too complicated for me to explain it in detail in this article. If you want to see a full picture of what is going on their watch this video by vox (while it is a little outdated, it gives a full picture of what is going on):

This article is not about the war, it’s about the men, woman and many children who died painful deaths and the had the al-Assad. Sarin gas was a Nazi-created highly deadly weapon that overwhelms your nervous system making all of your nerves go off at once and even if you survive that you can barely breathe and until you get help, you have to gasp for every single breath. The day before this attack, the same government bombed hospitals, making the chemical victims go farther to get the help they desperately needed.  

 

To their credit, the Trump Administration bombed a Syrian airbase with 59 cruise missiles in retaliation for this attack. While this was a meaningful gesture it did not impact the Syrian threat all that much. What you can do is help the innocent victims of this war. Donate to the UN Refugee agency (https://donate.unrefugees.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1873&ea.campaign.id=67052&ea.tracking.id=D15XRX172XXS&utm_source=donate.unhcr.org&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=US_EN_CORE_201704&utm_content=monthly) or to the “white helmets,” the first responders that helped the victims of the chemical attack.  (https://peoplesmillion.whitehelmets.org/act/peoples-million/?source=whweb)

 

Finally, watch the 60 Minutes story about the chemical attack, which includes raw video from the day of the attack. While it is not for the faint of heart, I think it is important to see the hell that the Syrians had to go through.

 

Will Landau is currently a Senior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and Web Editor for the Packer Prism this year. Will has been building the structure and managing the content of the Packer Prism website for over two years. He is very active in school musicals and plays, as well as the leader of Packer’s Model United Nations Club. Over the summer, Will worked at a local ice cream shop as a scooper. Will can be reached at wilandau@packer.edu.

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