Talk:Alleged Chemical Attack, December 22, 2012

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Sarin Attack?

Never discussed this yet? Chlorine is unlikely to kill in under an hour, though it can kill in minutes, if you're trapped in a plexiglass cage with the stuff. 7 soldiers dying within an hour sounds a bit more like a sarin type attack. Details are scarce. The gas is yellow. Khan al-Assal's cloud was said to be yellow-green, caused itching, and it was impure sarin. The basis for the OPCW conclusion a non-persistent irritant like chlorine was to blame is not explained, and may mean nothing but a desire to downplay the episode. The only details they suggest they gathered are the same couple we already knew. They made it as boring as possible. No one mentions if there was or wasn't a smell, or if it was irritating or ... ok, they suggest it was. This is interesting. The nasty sarin is non-persistent irritant, but not much like chlorine, except maybe by color too. I always wondered and now strongly suspect this was the first use of Assad's signature dirty sarin with the hexamine and the burning eyes, rotten foul smells, and pulmonary edema. Back on December 22, 2012, the day before some allies managed to change the subject / shift the blame up in Homs with 7 non-soldiers killed (Alleged Chemical Attack, December 23, 2012). --Caustic Logic (talk) 15:56, 18 November 2017 (UTC)