Afew days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I received an unusual note on Twitter. A Syrian man introduced himself as Mustafa Kayyali.
“We are a group of medical doctors with specialization in paramedics, trauma, and war medicine,” Mustafa wrote. “We have suffered from the aggression of Russian forces for the last 8 years, and we trained people to deal with urgent cases, and how to save their lives. We would like to help Ukraine and its people.” He made it clear Syrian doctors had unique experience with treating victims of chemical weapons attacks. Chemical weapons have been used repeatedly against civilians in Syria by the dictator Bashar al-Assad’s army and the Russian forces that support him.