I don't think it was the Syrian government responsible, because using nerve gas would be to shoot themselves in the foot. A dude whose family has been in power since 1971 may be mean, but he's not stupid.
But, why not nerve gas? If it was mustard gas or phosgene, why not just call a spade a spade?
I agree people would be all twisted up at first from nerve gas, but I don't think they'd stay that way once they were dead.
If not nerve gas, then what? And why? It would be easier to actually do it than fake it.
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