The West’s Hypocrisy On Chemical Weapons

Western governments using chemical weapons to achieve their political aims


Western governments have been using chemically developed weapons to help achieve their political aims in recent years. The first example of this was to help get rid of the dictator Saddam Hussein from Iraq in 2003. 

Western governments wanted to invade Iraq to get rid of Saddam for other reasons. However since Saddam used chemical weapons against his people over 20 years ago, the West used it as one of the excuses to invade Iraq in 2003.


Chemical Weapons were again used as a reason to get rid of the Libyan dictator Gaddafi in 2011. Again this was many years after Gaddafi had used chemical weapons, it was merely an excuse to invade Libya. 


The chemical weapons excuse tactic was also used to try and get rid of the dictator Assad from Syria. When there were reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, all Western media groups blamed it on Assad without any investigation being carried out.

It was later found that the chemical attacks were carried out by the Free Syrian Army rebels that had joined ISIS, who were being supported by Western governments.


Chemical weapons was not used as an excuse to get rid of and to put pressure on the Iranian government. Instead Nuclear weapons was used as a scare mongering tactic to sanction Iran’s government.

This is despite Iran stating thousands of times that it is enriching Uranium for Nuclear energy. Meanwhile the US government keeps quiet on North Korea who actually have Nuclear weapons and has actually threatened the US.

Example of a Western government using chemical weapons

Agent Orange on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Agent Orange is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.

The United States military sprayed nearly 20 million U.S. gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia. 

US planes spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam

It seems very hypocritical of Western governments using chemical weapons as a reason to bomb third world countries or to support extremist groups to destabilize their countries. Particularly since Western governments are guilty of using chemical weapons themselves.

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