CREDO Action, MoveOn, Chemical Warfare in Syria, and the trains to Auschwitz

September 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Fairness | 2 Comments
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The main entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (Wikipedia's caption in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz). Photo by Angelo Celedon (AKA Lito Sheppard) on August 2006.

The main entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp (Wikipedia’s caption in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz). Photo by Angelo Celedon (AKA Lito Sheppard) on August 2006.

CREDO Action (an arm of the company CREDO Mobile) , Move On, and like-minded organizations oppose punishing al-Assad’s regime for using chemical weapons.

A previous post has argued that physically punishing the al-Assad regime for this act is essential for preventing a huge amount of cruel, indiscriminate future slaughter.

In the 1940s there occurred a choice that is exactly analogous to the present one.

The question was whether or not to bomb the railroad lines that transported victims to the concentration camps.

Although that question was not posed to the public, if it had been, the exact analog of the position presently taken by CREDO Action and Move On would have been to oppose bombing the railroad lines.

CREDO Action, MoveOn, your position is morally indefensible.

A Deutsche Reichsbahn "Güterwagen" (goods wagon), one type of rail car used for deportations (Wikipedia's caption, in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz). Photo by Claus-Joachim Dickow, 1 October 2006.

A Deutsche Reichsbahn “Güterwagen” (goods wagon), one type of rail car used for deportations (Wikipedia’s caption, in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz). Photo by Claus-Joachim Dickow, 1 October 2006.

Hungarian Jewish children and an elderly woman on the way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau (1944). Many of the very young and very old were murdered immediately upon arrival and were never registered. (Wikipedia's caption in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz). Photographed by Bernhard Walter, May 1944. Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-74237-004 / CC-BY-SA .

Hungarian Jewish children and an elderly woman on the way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau (1944). Many of the very young and very old were murdered immediately upon arrival and were never registered. (Wikipedia’s caption in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz). Photographed by Bernhard Walter, May 1944. Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-74237-004 / CC-BY-SA .

 

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If we do not punish al-Assad

September 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Abuse of Office, Crime and punishment, Enemies of Freedom, Terrorism | 1 Comment
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A 1939 Second World War-era baby's gas mask in Monmouth Regimental Museum. This design covered the whole of the baby except for its legs. (The caption was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_mask).  Photo taken by Rock Drum on 19 May 2012, at the Monmouth Regimental Museum.

A 1939 Second World War-era baby’s gas mask in Monmouth Regimental Museum. This design covered the whole of the baby except for its legs. (The caption was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_mask). Photo taken by Rock Drum on 19 May 2012, at the Monmouth Regimental Museum.

If we do not physically punish the al-Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons:
=> All treaties on the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, on the use of torture, on terrorism, on the treatment of civilians, and on the treatment of captured enemy soldiers, become meaningless.
=> The U.S. and others should immediately begin stockpiling chemical and biological weapons, and radioactive contaminants, and methods for delivering them, because others will do so.

The stakes couldn’t be higher.  We must physically punish the al-Assad regime.

As for the vote in the British Parliament, those who voted against action have learned nothing from Chamberlain’s mistake in Munich.

For background, see here, here, and here.

 

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