Since the beginning of December, military gas (sarin, a nerve agent) has claimed a major place in discussion of the civil war in
According to Natalie Nougayrede of the sober French newspaper Le Monde, a dinner last week in
In the past, the accusation of WMD possession has been the usual formulation when threatening foreign intervention or an attack. We heard the same thing after 9/11 concerning a U.S. invasion of
Is this Syrian story another hoax? In the
The American position on the Syrian rebellion usually heard is that
It is not clear in my mind how you arrange minimal risk for anyone dealing with sarin gas, trying to sequester the munitions and evacuate them, while neutralizing the risk that the Syrian forces guarding them could not make preemptory use of them (or trigger their use elsewhere).
Sarin gas is an agent that attacks the nervous system and paralyzes the heart muscles, thereby killing by suffocation. It has been used operationally in the 1980-'88
Various military and intelligence sources assert that
There have been reports floated on the Internet accusing the U.S. and
It has gone along reasonably peacefully with
The most convincing reason I can see for the insurrection is popular contagion from the "Arab Springtime": intolerance for corruption and increasing hostility to hereditary family dictatorship enforced by the usual Arab dictatorship's security apparatus.
Why then is
According to Le Monde, the German and Dutch foreign ministers,
The French also asked what collaboration
What would trigger
Clinton's silence is interesting.
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