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Syrian chemical weapons

Reuters Decoder examines Syria's chemical weapons capabilities. The regime of Bashar al-Assad has begun transporting some chemical weapons from storage facilities, according to US intelligence officials.

READER COMMENTS: "Syrian chemical weapons"

Posted by Chris Ferrell at December 8, 2012 11:28 PM ET:

This video explains what Sarin gas is. Swell. I hope that the US does not use sarin gas bomblets against families in Waziristan, and I find that more likely than the Syrian Army using Sarin on its people. The Syrian Army has (had?) Sarin as a deterrent against an Israeli invasion.

There is no evidence that has been given to to the public about Syria mixing components, and I doubt that if that were the case that there would be any way for Western intelligence to know. It is just the same game they always play, scare people into accepting western (American) intervention.

Posted by Bill Baar at December 9, 2012 8:33 PM ET:

I suppose it depends Chris Ferrell on how what's left of the Syrian Army considers "their People" Chris. Their people may not quite fit your mold. The Alawite rump may have its own notions of who are their people and who are their people's foe.

Posted by David at December 10, 2012 11:00 AM ET:

@Chris Ferrell

If Obama had wanted to intervene, he has had plenty of legitimate reasons to do so, without making things up. Like 40,000 dead, more on the way, indiscriminate bombings, etc.

I think you need to face the fact that Obama genuinely doesn't want to intervene, at least not directly, militarily. On the other hand, at the level of helping or supplying the rebels or the regime, just about everyone has -- Russia, Iran, Saudi, Qatar, Turkey, France, the US, etc.