google.com/search?q=images+Syria+chemical+weapon+attack&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=71sdUpTAMYmO2wXOtoHwCQ&ved=0CCsQsAQ < images of the results of the attack. Caution, some are more graphic than the one above.
The fact of Syrian use of chemical weapons should call the conventional wisdom about Iraq into question. The two countries were linked by their ruling Baathist parties and, as neighbors, engaged in trade, both legal and illegal, before the war.
In 2006, Georges Sada, a former general of Saddam’s air force, detailed in his book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” how Saddam had secretly moved much of his WMD material to Syria before the U.S.-led invasion under the cover of providing relief to Syrian earthquake victims. Sada’s claims were detailed in Examiner in 2011. Sada’s claim was be supported by other sources as well.
In 2004, a Syrian defector, Nizar Nayouf claimed that Iraqi WMDs had been hidden at three sites in Syria. Nayouf’s story appeared the Dutch paper Der Telegraaf and is summarized on WorldThreats.com. Satellite reconnaissance photos from 2010 published in Israel’s Haaretz show Syrian military facilities in the same areas that Nayouf fingered.
The same sites were identified in the 2004 book “End Game” by General Thomas McInerney and Paul Vallely as well as another former Iraqi general, Ali Ibrahim al-Tikriti. If the U.S. launches airstrikes against Syria, these facilities are likely to be targeted.
References made about Saddam’s purported WMDs (and his blocking of UN inspectors which broke the treaty that ended the 1991 war that saw Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and its
destruction of oil fields that represented one of the worst man made ecological disasters of our time) were a big part of the 1998 “Iraq Liberation Act” initiated by and signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.
President Clinton stated in February 1998:
Iraq admitted, among other things, an offensive biological warfare capability, notably, 5,000 gallons of botulinum, which causes botulism; 2,000 gallons of anthrax; 25 biological-filled Scud warheads; and 157 aerial bombs.
With Saddam admitting he had WMDs, and the UN inspectors thwarted from inspecting them, President Clinton made these statements indicating his belief (or actual knowledge) that such weapons EXISTED in Iraq … and were part of the justification for the act being signed into law.
Now, let’s imagine the future. What if he (Saddam Hussein) fails to comply and we fail to act, or we take some ambiguous third route, which gives him yet more opportunities to develop this program of weapons of mass destruction and continue to press for the release of the sanctions and continue to ignore the solemn commitments that he made? Well, he will conclude that the international community has lost its will. He will then conclude that he can go right on and do more to rebuild an arsenal of devastating destruction. And some day, some way, I guarantee you he’ll use the arsenal… President Clinton ~ 1998
The USE of WMDs (I would consider this chemical warfare such anyway) versus just the suspicion of a country having them – is a thing that needs addressing.
WHO did this is the latest “controversy” … with Syria claiming it was the rebels, but
per this headline, the Obama administration acting as if it certainly knows it was Assad’s regime. HOW did whoever did it GET such weapons?
Well. One theory is that Assad got them from Saddam (which might be part of why the US couldn’t find them after having defeated Saddam’s army.
I didn’t know Syria had such weapons before. Or al-Quaeda (if it was THEM)?!
I hope this is the last story we see on such weapons being used. But I suspect it won’t be.
And I suppose it doesn’t matter much NOW if such weapons were once Saddam’s or not.
Except that if that turns out to be true … people will know that the US didn’t just trump up a war on a made up story. By now the world should admit that the US didn’t take over Iraq just to seize all of its oil … as was speculated … because the US didn’t seize that oil, is gone from Iraq, and it in fact continues to import oil from that and many other countries.