America has used chemical weapons

Vietnam war napalm attack victim Kim Phuc Phan Thi in the Stormont estate in 2012, holding a copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War in June 1972 by AP photographer Nick Ut.  The picture shows her at about nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on the back. Photo:Jonathan Porter/Presseye
Vietnam war napalm attack victim Kim Phuc Phan Thi in the Stormont estate in 2012, holding a copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War in June 1972 by AP photographer Nick Ut. The picture shows her at about nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on the back. Photo:Jonathan Porter/Presseye

Morning View, April 8, states: “The attack [by US firing guided missiles against Syrian air force] was in response to a chemical attack blamed on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.”

There are inconsistencies in the US reasoning behind its attack on the Syrian air force. For instance the US currently uses chemicals ie. poison gas, in killing its own citizens. Since 1924 lethal cyanide gas has been used as a method of execution in the US; I understand that its use is still lawful in Arizona, California, Missouri and Wyoming.

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

I remember that chemical weapons, such as Agent Orange, Napalm and other chemical mixes ie. fuel-oxygen mixes, bombs were used extensively by the US against the Viet Cong, as well as the Vietnamese civilian population (collateral damage), during the Vietnam war; millions of Vietnamese are suffering from its soil contamination and toxic effects.

I had personal experience of the long term effect of these weapons. When I was studying in Moscow in the 1980s, for some reason I received my Soviet stipend in the company of 90 demobbed Viet Cong mature students, who were also studying in Moscow ; we got to know one another.

Sadly, one of them fatally succumbed to the injuries he received defending his country.

Micheal O’Cathail, Fermanagh