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Who Has Used Chemical Weapons Since They’ve Been Banned? | NowThis World

On April 8, 2018 — an attack in Syria shocked
the world. Footage from the aftermath of the incident
showed men, women and children desperately gasping for air and being hosed down with
water by first responders — a scene that is often associated with chemical weapons
attacks. But chemical weapons are illegal and have
been banned globally since 1925 when the international community came together and signed a treaty
called The Geneva Protocol. But despite them being banned, It hasn’t
prevented some world leaders from using these brutal weapons against people. I’m Judah with NowThis World — and in today’s
episode we’re looking back at six world leaders who have used chemical weapons since
the signing of the Geneva Protocol in 1925. The first use of chemical weapons after they
were internationally banned, was by Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini after he
invaded Ethiopia in 1935. Mussolini launched an attack on the Ethiopian
Empire from its then colony Eritrea, and Italian Somaliland. Mussolini was determined to expand his empire
at any cost, even if that meant going against the Geneva Protocol his country signed onto
in 1928. The Italians used chemical weapons, including
dropping mustard bombs and spraying mustard from airplane tanks. According to the Ethiopian emperor at the
time, Haile Selassie, the chemical weapons killed tens of thousands of people. The next use happened following Imperial Japan’s
invasion of China in 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Japanese Emperor Hirohito reportedly signed
off on the use of chemical and biological weapons against Chinese soldiers and civilians,
as he tried to expand his control onto mainland China. It’s estimated that Japan conducted between
1,000 to 3,000 attacks, and reportedly produced 5 to 7 million munitions containing chemical
agents like hydrogen cyanide and mustard. There is no official count of how many people
died as a result of these chemical weapons, but an estimated 300,000 people died during
the period of this war. The effects of the use and abandonment of
chemical weapons in China, still reverberate to this day. After the war, a treaty signed in 1997 stipulated
that the Japanese government is responsible for cleaning up the weapons left behind. The next case, was Adolf Hitler’s use of
chemical gases during World War II beginning in 1941. While he didn’t use the banned weapons on
the battlefield, he did use them in Nazi concentration camps to kill prisoners during the Holocaust. A banned chemical agent known as “Zyklon
B” was used in concentration camp facilities disguised as showers to kill prisoners during
Hitler’s brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing. Up to 6 million Jews were murdered in total
during the Holocaust. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser also
used chemical weapons in Yemen, when Egypt intervened in the countries civil war in 1963. The war, known as the North Yemen Civil War,
began in 1962 after the death of the country’s king. When power was handed down to his son dissidents
within the military staged a coup, overthrowing the monarchy and establishing a republic . Military forces loyal to the former king retreated
to the north of the country and continued to fight the new republican forces. Egypt was one of the only regional states
that backed the new government in Yemen, as Nasser attempted to partner with other Arab
nationalists. Under Nasser’s leadership, Egypt used brutal
tactics to crackdown on royalist forces. The nation repeatedly used chemical weapons,
including mustard and nerve agents between 1963 to 1967. The move made him the first Arab leader to
use the banned weapons. The next world leader to use chemical weapons,
was Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein — in at least two separate occasions. The first, came during the Iraq-Iran war that
began in 1980. Just months after the war began, Saddam Hussein
reportedly used his home-produced chemical weapons against Iranian forces. He reportedly used the banned weapons repeatedly
against Iran between 1980-1987. Then in 1988, he aimed his chemical weapons
against another group — Iraqi Kurds. On March 16th, 1988 — he dropped chemical
weapons, including mustard gas and Sarin, on the Kurdish town of Halabja. The attack killed between 3,200 to 5,000 people. Hussein also used the weapons against the
Kurds again during what is known as the “Anfal” offensive — which was a 7-month scorched
earth campaign where 50,000 to 100,000 Kurds were killed or disappeared. Bashar al-Assad would become the next leader
to use chemical weapons in August 2013 during the height of the Syrian civil war. The attack targeted opposition groups who
controlled the town near the country’s capital. United Nations inspectors confirmed the use
of a nerve agent, including Sarin gas in the attack that reportedly killed nearly 1,500
people. While a number of governments and international
organizations say there is overwhelming evidence the Syrian government was behind the attack,
Assad still denies his government was responsible. Throughout the Syrians civil war, Assad’s
government has been repeatedly accused of using chemical weapons on opposition strongholds
— most recently in April 2018.

100 thoughts on “Who Has Used Chemical Weapons Since They’ve Been Banned? | NowThis World

  1. America sold the chemo weapons to Saddam Hussein….. America used chemo weapons in Vietnam… proof just accusations for Assad using chemo wepons by America France and uk….america backed rebels have been caught using and manufacturing chemo weapons in Syria and the latest chemo attack in April was deemed false by the international chemo watch dog which the terrorist white helmets staged…..

  2. There is no evidence that Assad used chemical bombs and even if he did he used them to stop islamists and western puppets from taking power and making Syria a shithole

  3. The Syrian eyewitnesses of the alleged chemical attack have claimed it is fake in a press conference in Hague, Netherlands

  4. 😱 this is such a lob sided collection of information. It blindly assumes America has only good intentions for humanity, naively accepting all mainstream media and popular assumptions as …positive truth.

  5. People can’t stay standing while being doused in water if they were involved in a chemical attack. XD

  6. Ww1 showed the world how dangeous chemicals were, ww2 showed the world about nukes, what’s next?

  7. Typical US propaganda. USA used Chemical weapons over Vietnam killing millions of men, women, children. You dont have guts to mention that.

  8. Hussein didn't use 'em, neither did Assad. they are being framed as using chems. no mention of USA to Vietnam or Israel to Palestine? hmmmm who's paying this channel? the jewish guy and Indian girl sure love money, I don't think they're stupid enough to spew the fake news, propaganda, conspiracy theories they project in this channel. half of the video, its content before the end of ww2, seems correct though the later half should be watched with a grain of salt

  9. I love some comments saying youtube is a tool of the West. Hahaha. Of course. Almost every products on the Internet, including the Internet itself, are tools from the West. Do you think Gmail, Facebook, Youtube, instangram, tweeter can be created in Russia or Iran? How about the freaking smartphones or tablets are used to post the comments here? Oh yeah. A best place so innovative ideas can be realized is North Korea.


  11. Didn't the United States use chemical weapons during Vietnam? Agent Orange or something I think.

  12. What happened to the American intervention during the war in Vietnam ? They purportedly used Chemical and biological weapons.
    Please don't try to be pro-US.
    I hope the channel will look into this matter.

  13. The latest "chemical attack" in Syria is highly questionable, it has been debunked by quite a few journalists (like Robert Fisk)

  14. You didn't mention Israeli attacks on Gaza when they used phosphoric bombs which is banned also

  15. funny how you don't mention the USA using chemical weapons in Vietnam and Iraq to name a few

  16. America is doing the same thing to Syrië and Afghanistan Many times but i dident hear anything of that

  17. Sadam used his “home produced” chemical weapons?? And no mention of Vietnam. WTF!! Haha Man i liked your videos but that is it for me c ya unsubbed

  18. Yeah! The U.S., airforce used the "Orange gas", knowing very well their own soldiers on those field in Vietnam ..why don't you mentioned that since everything on this video is all in the pass anyway……there isn't any Evidence of resent that would link Assad to give his military this awful and anti-human sick order. There about 4 different jihadi groups over there, one of those groups did this. To blame Assad is a conspiracy to bring him down..which is totally illgal according to international Law !

  19. Guys i can’t tolerate any attack to civillians but there isn’t any country in the world named “ kurdistan” this is just your dream.and why you didn’t talk about chemical attacks in vietnam?

  20. PROPAGANDA …U.S. Used Agent Orange on people and Herbicides to Forests in Vietnam and Uranium Phosphorus in Iraq

  21. During the Vietnam war u.s.a president Richard Nixon used agent orange on Cambodia which should have put him on this list.

  22. You can add to that the use of chemical gaz against civilants by the Frensh and thre Spanish Army in the region of the Rif in North Morocco during thr 40's of the last centry. Until today this region is still suffring from the occuption Armies attacks, the Rif have the highest rate of people having cancer in Morocco

  23. Israel used white phosphorus in 2009 and the US used Napalm in Vietnam…why so coy about it?

    Oh, right.

  24. Yet america was the one supplying Saddam with all sorts of weapons including chemical, and USA is the nation with the largest stockpile of chemical weapons inthe world.

  25. Shameful, they don't even mention the use of chemical weapons in Korea, Indochina and against US political dissidents

  26. Chemical weapons are banned on the battlefield because they are ineffective. They blow away, they blow back on your own forces, they leave many people injured not killed – they don't work like bombing. The US retains the right to use conventional bombs and nuclear weapons which allow it to retain its control over the rest of the world. Perhaps you should do a video titled "who has used nuclear weapons ?" we all know the answer to that one – the USA.

    By the way, isn't a conventional bomb a chemical weapon. A chemical reaction takes place resulting in an explosion which kills people but that's ok, it's the US's weapon of choice. Here is a list of nations bombed by the United States but its ok, they weren't using chemical weapons.

    Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War)

    Guatemala 1954

    Indonesia 1958

    Cuba 1959-1961

    Guatemala 1960

    Congo 1964

    Laos 1964-73

    Vietnam 1961-73

    Cambodia 1969-70

    Guatemala 1967-69

    Grenada 1983

    Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets)

    Libya 1986

    El Salvador 1980s

    Nicaragua 1980s

    Iran 1987

    Panama 1989

    Iraq 1991 (Persian Gulf War)

    Kuwait 1991

    Somalia 1993

    Bosnia 1994, 1995

    Sudan 1998

    Afghanistan 1998

    Yugoslavia 1999

    Yemen 2002

    Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK on regular basis)

    Iraq 2003-2015

    Afghanistan 2001-2015

    Pakistan 2007-2015

    Somalia 2007-8, 2011

    Yemen 2009, 2011

    Libya 2011, 2015

    Syria 2014-2016

  27. Yeah, Assad is almost over the finish line, and have almost won the war, then he uses chemical weapons on his own people because that is a really good idea to keep the us out.
    People have to be stupid to think that Assad is responsible for the latest chemical attack on civilians.

    People who hear stuff like this from the legacy media, you really Have to ask yourself, who benefits from it and you will draw some use ful conclusions from the information instead of just swallow what you are told to think?

  28. America used chemical weapons in Vietnam War the chemical weapons used by Iraq wasn't home grown they are given to them by American to use against Iran because they consider Iran a greater theat than Iraq

  29. You are pure propaganda.

    How convenient that you left the US out of that list. They used chemical weapons. They even helped Saddam Hussein get chemical weapons that he used against Iranians

  30. 🔴I'm sure that you guys just overlooked the phosphorus attacks in PALESTINE. Do a Google search if you need to, EVERYONE else knows about it so let's see you cover how it was fired at schoolchildren. I'm sure that you won't but WE can Google it. 🔴

  31. This channel is totally biased channel. They tell you that about bad things other countries did but wouldn't say a thing about US (like they used chemical weapons to kill people and destroyed forest during Vietnam war).

  32. I like it how the Americans didn't use Agent Orange to spray down hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people in this video.

  33. America is the biggest hypocrite in the world. This selfish and hypocrite country discourags others from using wmds. However, they were the ones to use nukes or Agent orange.

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