There is an eerie similarity to the number of Syrians allegedly killed by the Assad regime using chemical weapons, 1,429, and the number of Gazans, more than 1,400, killed in 2008-2009 when Israeli forces deployed white phosphorus.
Is white phosphorus a “chemical weapon”? It is described by what appears to be a chemical formula, is known as “diphosphorus pentoxide,” burns in air, inflicts gruesome wounds and lingering death, and has been banned by several international conventions. Israel first denied, then acknowledged use of a “chemical compound.” It was supplied by the U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry rightly says of …