Do You Believe the Syrian Government Is Brain-Dead? Because That’s the Only Way the ‘Sarin Gas Strike’ Makes Sense

Thursday, April 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

It makes ‘perfect sense’ that Assad thinks Syrian civil war is too easy and wants to make it a lot harder for himself

Marko Marjanović

n August-September 2013 Syria came within inches of being bombed by the US. The reason? The alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

Obama only pulled back when his intelligence services told him the idea sarin poison gas was deployed by Assad was “not a slam dunk”.

Next Russia brokered a deal whereby Syria would give up its entire weapons stockpile. Damascus was freaked out enough by how close it got to being bombed that it agreed.

By June 2014 all declared chemical weapons were destroyed in a program supervised by US and Russia.

So then in 2017, with the battlefield situation looking far better than in mid 2013, in fact better than at any time since then, Assad pulled out some chemicals he had hid away to do the one thing virtually guaranteed to land him in a world of trouble? The one thing that very nearly got him bombed four years ago?

To be true after 2013 opposition accusations leveled at Syrian army that it was using chemical weapons never stopped. However these allegations failed to create the brouhaha (and the accompanying intervention danger) we are seeing now for two simple reasons. One is that opposition did not have a CNN-friendly video ready, and the other that the agent claimed to have been used was always chlorine.

Chlorine is a widely used industrial chemical that is not actually banned, albeit it can be made into a — rather crappy — weapon. It being readily accessible it was just too easy to think that if chlorine was indeed found at places the opposition was pointing at, it could have easily been put there by the said opposition.

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