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(National Geographic)   Chemical weapons attack in Syria is a repeat...from AD 256   (news.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 12
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2013-08-23 07:40:19 PM  
Chemical and biological agents have been used for hundreds and thousands of years.  The only limitation is controlling the release since deployment is so close to friendlies that inevitably there is some contamination of your own forces.  That being said, these weapons can be very effective if deployed properly.

Now the Syrian incident appears to be a chemical attack.  However, we don't know who initiated it?  The weapons struck a rebel held area, but the Syrian government has no need to deploy such weapons as they are winning in a conventional manner.  Why initiate a chemical attack that may bring your opponents aid by western governments or deter your own supporters in Russia from continuing their aid?  The rebel forces certainly have the capability of initiating a chemical attack as they have overrun many bases that had these weapons available.  They certainly would benefit from additional support from the west that their individuals being subjected to chemical attacks may bring.  Furthermore the rebel side is not a unitary command but filled with factions that are competing and even attacking each other so there may be other motives at work.

That being said the fact that the Syrian government is holding up a UN chemical weapons team from investigating can point toward their own forces being responsible.  If the Syrian government did engage in this attack, they are profoundly stupid for doing so as it can jeopardize their progress they have made if it increases western aid to rebels or there are attacks on Syrian government forces (cruise missiles, air strikes, drones, etc.)..  I don't see any stomach for a Libyan style air campaign due to the costs in money and lives and adverse conditions (Syrian air defense is much more capable as well as Russian diplomatic opposition).
 
2013-08-23 08:04:28 PM  
Toss a dead horse into their only well?
 
2013-08-23 08:10:21 PM  
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2013-08-23 08:22:14 PM  
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2013-08-23 08:42:15 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Toss a dead horse into their only well?


But what will that leave you to beat up on in space exploration and/or 3D printing threads?
 
2013-08-23 08:56:53 PM  
Assad to generals: "make sure you use the stuff Saddam had us hold for him, he won't be back to collect them anytime soon..."
 
2013-08-23 10:21:39 PM  
There are people out there too stupid to figure out the whole "this is not a repeat" thing.  Unbelievable.
 
2013-08-23 11:31:02 PM  

ad_rizzle: Quantum Apostrophe: Toss a dead horse into their only well?

But what will that leave you to beat up on in space exploration and/or 3D printing threads?


Reality.
 
2013-08-23 11:55:18 PM  
In AD 256, war was beginning...

/What happen?
 
2013-08-24 02:16:13 AM  

operatorJzigworthy: In AD 256, war was beginning...

/What happen?


Somebody set up us the bomb.
 
2013-08-24 03:07:55 AM  

rosekolodny: operatorJzigworthy: In AD 256, war was beginning...

/What happen?

Somebody set up us the bomb.


We get signal.
 
2013-08-24 03:16:30 AM  

ad_rizzle: Quantum Apostrophe: Toss a dead horse into their only well?

But what will that leave you to beat up on in space exploration and/or 3D printing threads?




Off topic:
I see you are jealous that you can't come up with your own shtick.

On topic:
Stop prodding the Russian bear.
 
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