What is sarin gas?

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If you’ve been following the news, you would know that on Monday, President Obama warned Syria’s dictator, Bashar Assad that using chemical weapons against the Syrian rebel forces is “totally acceptable” and that he will face consequences if he does so. Despite this warning, the Syrian government has already begun loading components of sarin gas into bombs near airfields. Sarin is a highly toxic man-made nerve agent, and as a gas, can pose risks to a great amount of people. According to the CDC, even a small drop of liquid sarin on the skin will cause sweating and muscle twitching on contact. It is extremely dangerous to anyone that comes into contact with it.

“Within a few seconds of sarin gas exposure, victims will start to experience eye pain, drooling, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and irregular heart rates.” – TIME Health & Family

“If exposed to a large amount of sarin in either gas or liquid form, victims can experience more severe and painful symptoms such as convulsions, paralysis, loss of respiratory functions and even death.” – TIME Health & Family

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If Assad should decide that he will use these weapons against the Syrian rebel forces, there is no doubt that the U.S. will intervene and make him pay for the destruction and loss of lives that these chemical weapons are expected to cause.