Real cause of Syrian Gas Casualties

Failed fuel-air bombs disperse a highly toxic gas that produces exactly the symptoms reported in the Damascus gas attacks. Mix a few genuine bodies with mass hysteria and the Syrian national sport of lying and exaggeration and you have a glorious excuse for launching a war.

From a comment by Matthew Ashville at

1) at least one video from the attack (available on the brown moses blog) shows a concrete wall that is destroy 3 stories in the sky. The narrator says the damage was caused by the rocket. He also says that the field used to be covered with plants. Elliot Higgins doesn’t believe the narrator and thinks he is lying, but why don’t we believe him? Wouldn’t that be entirely consistent with a fuel-air explosive?

2) It fits much more logically with what we would expect the Syrian regime to use while the UN chemical inspectors were in the same city;

3) an undetonated or not fully detonated fuel air explosive would spread a deadly chemical cloud just like a chemical air burst (which it is) of whatever chemical fuel is in the weapon, often ethylene oxide. It is a deadly cloud to inhale, but not near as deadly as sarin, mustard, or vw, for example, which explains the reports of these attacks have not been nearly as deadly in the past as one of have expected from a chemical warfare attack. In fact, the symptoms of the victims fit perfectly with ethylene oxide inhalation, much more so than the symptoms and effects on first responders, etc., do with sarin.

Here is what the US Defence Intelligence Agency said about the fuel air explosive: “Since the most common [Fuel Air Explosive] fuels, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide, are highly toxic, undetonated FAE should prove as lethal to personnel caught within the cloud as most chemical agents.”

Finally, Ethylene Oxide, commonly used in fuel air explosives, can be deadly if inhaled in high enough concentrations and if inhaled can cause muscle twitching, flushing, headache, diminished hearing, acidosis, vomiting, dizziness, and transient loss of consciousness. It can irritate the skin but is not deadly to the touch. It is much less deadly than sarin or other common weaponized chemical weapons.


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