July 24, 2012

Chem Weapons & War Planes

Chemical weapons and fighter jets, i.e., two things Syria possesses and two things currently on the move.

The Syrian regime announced yesterday that chemical weapons would only be used if Syria is exposed to "external aggression.” Besides being the first time Syria actually admitted to having chemical weapons, statements from Arab/Muslim despots usually require the willing suspension of disbelief (a phrase Hillary Clinton likes to use when confronting American patriots, e.g., General Petraeus).

Syrian President Assad, et al, would have you believe it all depends on your definition of "external aggression,” sorta like the statement Islam forbids the killing of innocents, depends on your definition of “innocents.”

Wanna know the definition of “external aggression"? Thousands of secret emails obtained some months ago from Assad’s private email account reveal the kind of advice Iranian officials and others were giving him about “external aggression.” Officials advised him to focus on Israel in order to divert attention from the mess in Syria. And one advisor, i.e., Lebanese businessman Hussein Mortada (known for his links to Iran), told him to stop blaming al-Qaida for Syrian opposition attacks:

"It is not out of our interest to say that al-Qaida organization is behind the operation because this claim will [indemnify] the U.S. administration and Syrian opposition. …I have received contacts from Iran and Hezbollah in my role as director of many Iranian-Lebanese channels and they directed me to not mention that al-Qaida is behind the operation. It is a blatant tactical media mistake."

No surprise (at least to us) for rarely if ever is there any connection between statements by Arab/Muslim despots and the TRUTH.

As for Syria’s fighter jets, logic would dictate that these too would be reserved for “external aggression,” except reports are that Syrian fighter jets bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo today.

Yet Syria would never use war planes or chemical weapons against its own people, right? Or give chemical weapons to Hezbollah or al Qaeda, right?

The Times of Israel  |  July 24, 2012

Assad Has Been Moving Chemical Weapons To 'Airports' On Borders, Rebels Claim

Free Syrian Army leadership says regime began transferring stockpiles months ago

By Ilan Ben Zion

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A sarin gas chemical warhead for the US Honest John rocket. It was designed to break apart and disperse the spherical bomblets of nerve agent. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Syria is moving chemical weapons to “airports” on its borders, the Free Syrian Army claimed on Tuesday, a day after Syria acknowledged for the first time that it maintains an arsenal of chemical weaponry.

“We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons,” a statement from the FSA said.

“We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border.”

“According to our information, the regime began moving its stocks of weapons of mass destruction several months ago … with the goal of putting pressure on the region and the international community,” the FSA said.

There was no independent confirmation of the FSA claim.

A Syrian army defector General Mustafa Sheikh, citing rebel intelligence,  told Reuters on Saturday that the Assad regime “has started moving its chemical stockpile and redistributing it to prepare for its use.”

Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi triggered a tidal wave of international condemnation on Monday when he said his country’s chemical weapons arsenal was secure and would only be used to deter a foreign assault. His comments marked Syria’s first acknowledgement of a chemical weapons capacity.

“No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria,” Makdissi said. “All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression.”

President Barack Obama said that the United States would “continue to make it clear to Assad and those around him that the world is watching,” and that “they will be held accountable by the international community and the United States should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons.”

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that “any possible use of these kinds of weapons would be completely unacceptable.”

President Shimon Peres on Monday condemned Damascus’s statements about deploying chemical weapons in the event of a foreign attack, and said Israel would do whatever it takes to eliminate the threat these weapons pose to the Jewish state.

IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz warned Tuesday that although Syria’s chemical weapons have not yet moved into “undesirable hands… that does not mean it will not happen.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have both indicated in recent days that Israel will not allow chemical weapons to fall into the hands of Hezbollah. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that, were any such transfer of weaponry to begin, Israel would regard it as a “clear casus belli.”

“In the moment we see that the Syrians transfer chemical and biological weapons to Hezbollah, this is a red line for us, and from our point of view it’s a clear casus belli,” Liberman said at a press conference in Brussels. “We will act decisively and without hesitation or restraint. It will be a completely different ballgame. And we hope for the understanding from the international community and we hope for cooperation.”

Original article here.


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