Pass the Mustard, Mouammer

What’s this thing called “Mustard Gas”?

After a mustard gas attack, you might think nothing more about it for a few hours or even a day. But eventually you would see red spots forming on your skin that quickly turned into painful blisters. If you underwent a direct attack and inhaled mustard gas, it wouldn’t take long to feel pain and swelling in your nose and throat as the blisters developed, sealing your airway.

The longer the exposure to mustard gas, the greater the damage it causes. Conversely, if you had a brief encounter, your body would heal faster, giving you a greater chance for survival. In some cases, victims experiencing multiple exposures develop hypersensitivity to the deadly chemical agent.

You might experience some of the following symptoms after you inhaled or touched mustard gas:

  • Eyes: irritation, redness, burning, inflammation and even blindness
  • Skin: itchy redness that is replaced with yellow blisters
  • Respiratory system: runny or bloody nose, sneezing, hoarse throat, shortness of breath, coughing, sinus pain
  • Digestive system: abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomitin

Some of the more serious respiratory symptoms would take even longer to surface, needing anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to appear. This latent period played havoc with soldiers exposed during the WW!, rendering troops incapacitated, filling infirmaries, taking up valuable human resources, bogging down reinforcements and generally demoralizing soldiers.

Make no mistake, mustard gas can be lethal. But it doesn’t kill quickly. Rather fatalities primarily result from secondary broncho-pneumonia. Approximately 2 percent of all casualties who wore a respirator died from their injuries in World War I, compared to a death rate of 50 percent of those exposed without a respirator

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. The highest number of fatalities occurred after the third or fourth day of exposure, with the most extreme cases taking up to three to four weeks.

Kind uncle Gaddafi allegedly posseses tons of the stuff – and we’re worrying about whether it would be ethical to kill him or not!!!!!

Gaddafi is known to have around ten tons of mustard gas remaining from stocks that he had been destroying under the supervision of a United Nations body, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

 

What are you waiting for Nato? Neither China nor Russia would hesitate in simitar cirumstances!

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