Tuesday, July 24, 2012

'Use of Chemical Weapons Would Be Suicide for Assad' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

People do commit suicide though…

On Monday, Syrian officials warned they would deploy chemical weapons in the event of any "external aggression." Western leaders have warned the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad against any such attack. One day later, a spokesman for Syria's Foreign Ministry assured that such weapons would never be used against Syria's own citizens and that they would only be deployed in the event of a foreign incursion.

But the threat made by Syria on Monday is also an indirect acknowledgment that the country does indeed have chemical weapons as has long been suspected. The CIA noted in a report last year that Syria is believed to have a chemical weapons stockpile "which can be delivered by aerial bombs, ballistic missiles and artillery rockets." Concerns are growing in the international community that, amidst the chaos in the country, that chemical weapons might fall into the wrong hands. Concerned the weapons might reach Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese group aligned with Syria and Iran, Israel is even publicly weighing the possibility of military action.

"Given the regime's stockpiles of chemical weapons, we will 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 President Barack Obama said in a speech in Reno, Nevada.

German Press Predicts Syrian Civil War will Cause Chaos in Middle East - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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