The crisis in Syria raises many questions in regard to the United States’ role in the conflict, especially as the issue of chemical weaponry comes to the forefront. Tonight on “Piers Morgan Live,” the host speaks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, getting to the bottom of the question: What exactly are chemical weapons?
Gupta begins by explaining that, while there are many types of chemical weapons, it is suspected that sarin is the weapon of choice in Syria. Sarin is one of the most toxic chemical weapons that has been used in warfare.
“Just a fraction of an ounce of this stuff, of sarin, on your skin could potentially be fatal,” says Gupta. “It can be absorbed across the skin, it can be absorbed into the lungs, across the eyes. It’s pretty gruesome stuff.”
Gupta continues to explain why this toxin is incredibly dangerous:
“It is so indiscriminate. It is tasteless. It is odorless. You can’t see it. And, so you don’t even know that you’ve been exposed, necessarily, until you suddenly start to get sick. And then, it starts pretty quickly and can degrade pretty quickly as well.”
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he explains the effects of chemical weapons, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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