For many decades governments around the world, especially in the USA,
have fired tens of thousands of rounds of CS gas at their own people
in an attempt to control “civil unrest”. The media falsely labels CS
gas as “tear gas” rather than calling it what it is, poisonous gas.
The original tear gas was relatively benign, irritating the eyes and
mucus tissues but was not poisonous. CS gas, on the other hand, will
kill you if you are exposed to enough of it.
CS gas is so toxic that it has been banned under international
conventions governing the laws of war. In other words the USA, or any
government signitory to these pacts, is not permitted to use CS gas in
wartime against soldiers or civilians. To do so would be a War Crime
or Crime Against Humanity. Yet these same governments commit Crimes
Against Humanity almost every day, not hesitating to use poisonous CS
gas against their own people.
In war or peace CS gas, or any poisonous gas, is mainly a weapon of
terror, to inflict fear on your “enemies”. It is used by governments
to punish their populations for opposing government policies and
daring to take to the streets in protest. By using poisonous gas on
their people the powers that be are trying to terrorise you, to hurt
you enough that you will cease and desist, that you will stop
resisting their control and kneel down in submission. This is a form
of state terrorism and must be identified as such.
I live in Eritrea, a country that is vociferously labelled a
dictatorial police state, a supporter of “terrorism” even, by the
human rights mob. Yet in almost 30 years of independence the Eritrean
government has never once used poisonous CS gas against the Eritrean
people. Not once. Eritrea is the only country in Africa, one of a few
in the world even, to have never done so.
The use of poisonous gas on the field of battle against soldiers and
civilians alike has been outlawed as a barbaric, inhumane act by
international treaty yet so called “democratic governments” use it
against their own people at the drop of a hat.
Recently a few brave souls in the USA have raised calls for the
abolition of the use of poisonous CS gas, “tear gas” as the media
falaciously calls it, by the police and army against the American
people taking to the streets to demand an end to police murders. As
expected even the so called “liberal” politicians are not willing to
support these efforts to end this inhumane, illegal practice. Under
the rules of “population control”, maintaining “law and order”, the
use of poisonous CS gas must and will be continued.
Its all about “protecting private property” as the hysterical ravings
of the media and politicians so aptly demonstrate. The militarized
police forces can kill with impunity, commit Crimes Against Humanity
by using poisonous gas on the people with little protest for years but
let a few protesters break windows or loot stores and their howls go
off the charts.
Back in 1990 a fearless journalist named Doug Valentine published what
is one of, if not the most, authoritative sources on the Central
Intelligence Agency. At the end of his book, entitled “The Phoenix
Program” which details how the CIA tried to use “population control”
in Vietnam to prevent a national liberation struggle from succeeding,
he predicted that one day the USA would see militarized police using
armored vehicles to suppress dissent just like the CIA has directed
around the world. Today that prediction has become everyday reality in
the streets of America, with rubber bullets, batons and poisonous gas
backed by armored vehicles being used against protesters on an almost
daily basis. These day just by looking you cant tell Bogota, Columbia
from Portland, Oregon.
When people ask me if I ever think about relocating from here in
Eritrea back to the USA all I have to do is turn on the TV and see
what the National Security Establishment has done in the USA, with
brutality and state terror in action across the country. No matter the
economic damage done to Eritrea by UNjust Sanctions or the damage done
by western industrial instigated global climate disaster the choice
for us is easy. We prefer to live in a humane country where our
leaders put the needs of the people, with the poorest coming first, at
the head of their agenda. No state terrorism in the form of poisonous
gas used against our people, not once.
Thomas C. Mountain is an historian and educator who has been living
and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be only be contacted at
thomascmountain at g mail dot com