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  •  This really is an extraordinarily dangerous (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, Cynical Copper

    situation.  The presence of chemical weapon stockpiles is the wildcard.  I have ringing in my head the Assad regime's promise from this Monday not to use its chemical weapons unless attacked externally.  Of course, any international participation from the operation of refugee camps in Turkey to slowing down weapons shipments can be claimed as external aggression.

    This passage from the Guardian article really made me shudder.

    "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 in news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV. "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."

    While the statement Makdissi read out promised not to use the weapons against the Syrian people, he later noted that Syria is not facing an internal enemy in the rebellion, which the regime has described as being funded from abroad and driven by foreign extremists.

    Syria is believed to have nerve agents as well as mustard gas, Scud missiles capable of delivering these lethal chemicals and a variety of advanced conventional arms, including anti-tank rockets and portable anti-aircraft missiles.

    Israel has said it fears that chaos following Assad's fall could allow its enemies to access Syria's chemical weapons, and has not ruled out military intervention to prevent this from happening.

    With international attention focused on London tomorrow, a regime that has just lost its security and intelligence hierarchy to rebel bombing attack may take an opportunity to unleash truly unspeakable terror.  

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 12:15:23 AM PDT

    •  The triple Washington-London-Al Qaeda alliance (2+ / 0-)

      -- bankrolled by Saudi Arabia -- is a great menace the to the entire world.

      But it keeps our defense industry rolling in dough and promises to transform Muslim power from Shiite to Sunni -- which is really the only game the Middle East has ever been playing. The US is being rickrolled, as per usual.

      The Assad regime began directly supporting Al-Qaeda as the U.S. invasion of Iraq neared, though the Hezbollah networks supported by Assad worked with Al-Qaeda before that.

      Now, Al-Qaeda in Iraq has turned its sights on its former sponsor, just as General David Petraeus predicted. One low-level Al-Qaeda operative in Iraq says, “Our big hope is to form a Syrian-Iraqi Islamic State for all Muslims, and then announce our war against Iran and Israel, and free Palestine.”

      The US needs to mind its own business and stay the hell out of the Middle East. It just lost two wars there and bankrupted the American people as a result of its self-destructive foreign policy.

      Enough already.

      •  You have no idea what you're talking about. (3+ / 0-)
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        The sole CIA involvement has been to try to steer Saudi and Qatari weapons shipments away from al Qaeda.

        This is widely known among people who are actually paying attention to the facts on the ground, as opposed to repeating their favorite narratives and assuming the facts will fit them.

        BTW, when, exactly, did you start shouting about Skeery Al Qaeda Mooslems, anyway?

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 08:22:49 AM PDT

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        •  Your source material is hopelessly dated (1+ / 0-)
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          This week German intelligence revealed that FSA is largely al Qaeda, in the employ of the Saudis.

          Ya gotta keep up if you want to play this game.

          •  My source material is from four weeks ago... (0+ / 0-)

            and your reply is completely off topic.

            How, exactly, did you manage to read

            The sole CIA involvement has been to try to steer Saudi and Qatari weapons shipments away from al Qaeda.
            and think that noting the presence of al Qaeda figures in the opposition somehow contradicts that statement?

            If there were no al Qaeda involved, why would anybody be working to steer weapons away from them?

            You claimed that the US was allied with al Qaeda.  I provided information - which you can't contradict - demonstrating that the US was, in fact, working in opposition to al Qaeda.  And you're dong a little superior dance over an imaginary claim that there were no al Qaeda in the country?

            Art is the handmaid of human good.

            by joe from Lowell on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:11:45 PM PDT

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    •  Good catch. (1+ / 0-)
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      I saw the Syrian government's statement about only using chemical weapons against a foreign attack, but I didn't realize they (like the people who come here and repeat the latest from the regime's propaganda outlets) were characterizing the rebellion as a foreign attack.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 08:20:13 AM PDT

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    •  The US, Israel, Jordan and other ME countries (0+ / 0-)

      have all stated (other than a few war mongers trying to use this as propaganda for military intervention) that they were more worried that the WMD's could end up in the hands of Al Qaeda, global jihadists, or other radical Islamic insurgents should the Assad regime collapse suddenly.

      BTW, you are really stretching by saying the Assad regime could use the Olympics as 'cover' for a WMD attack within the country.

      I'm certain the world (yes, even the US) can follow more than one event at a time. Of course, if some pop star decides to let a nipple slip, all bets are off.

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