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  •  ps--as far as whether those specific chemicals (2+ / 0-)
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    BoiseBlue, AoT

    were used in the Syrian chemical weapons programs, it is almost certain that they were not. The Syrians would not want their "weapons" stuff to be easily traced, so they'd use a whole series of cut-outs and false companies, and very likely trans-shipments through a number of different countries, to hide their tracks.

    With 99.99% probability, in my view, those chemicals were just plain ole ordinary industrial chemicals, the kind that are sold around the world every day.

    Indeed, I'd be awfully surprised if the Syrians were not manufacturing their OWN flourides specifically for use in the chemical weapons program, solely as a security measure. (And possibly a quality-control measure, since they would want to avoid the problems Iraq had with the impurities in their finished GB.)

    •  Yup (0+ / 0-)

      If you want to commit a crime, you don't make it traceable. Buying goods from a licensed exporter makes it blatantly traceable.

      The Syrian government may be wicked, but I have to doubt it's so stupid as to buy a ton of their ingredients through the market.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 02:36:11 PM PDT

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