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Will Syria go chem?

Will Syria go chem?

It has been much discussed since the beginning of the uprising.

There have been reports of suspicious activity at chemical weapons sites, but who knows what it real and not real.

One thing is for sure, chemical weapons cannot save Assad.  The second he uses chemical weapons all bets are off with the Israelis, Turks, NATO, and the U.S.

Via NY Times, Obama Administration Warns Syria Against Using Chemical Weapons:

 The Obama administration said Monday that it is worried that Syria’s embattled government may be preparing to use chemical weapons against the opposition and warned that doing so “would cross a red line for the United States” and prompt American action.

The White House said that some recent actions by the government of President Bashar al-Assadwere indicators that such weapons could be deployed soon, following earlier reports that intelligence agencies had noticed signs of activity at chemical weapons sites.

Syria announced again today that it never would use chemical weapons internally:

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Damascus “would not use chemical weapons, if it had them, against its own people under any circumstances.”

The statement was reported on Syrian state television and Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Which leaves open the possibility of using them against the Israelis, or transferring the weapons to Hezbollah or other proxies, which likely would result in an Israeli response.

Meanwhile, the U.N. is pulling out of Syria, citing instability.

With Syria having to bomb the suburbs of Damascus because of rebel advances, one wonders whether Assad can hold on.


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Midwest Rhino | December 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Well, we know WMD’s don’t exist, unless Obama talks about them. I guess they never confirmed whether all those trucks leaving Iraq long ago were relocating their chemical weapons to Syria.

Some of Ghadaffi’s rockets seem to have found their way to al Qaeda, thanks to Obama’s reluctance to go in to Libya in the earlier stages. We know Saddam had chem weapons at some point. We know Syria has them now.

What a mess. Bolton (on FOX with Megyn today) seemed to think Assad wouldn’t hesitate to use chemical weapons on his opposition, or that terrorists would relocate them for terrorism. He said if Assad felt it was the end of his regime or his own end as well, “it would be second nature for him.”

TrooperJohnSmith | December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Yeah, if Assad uses chemical weapons, Susan Rice will probably show up on all the Sunday shows and argue that it was an accidental release from an industrial facility, like Bopal. Or, she’ll side with the Palestinians, who will no doubt argue that it was actually those nasty ol’ Jooooooooooos who did it.

But at the end of the day, what can anyone really do about it, short of dropping the Third Herd in MOPP gear on top of the facilities and securing them? Bomb them, and you’ll release no telling what.

The crucial question:

What does Bob Costas think?