Quick thoughts on those Syrian Rebel Sarin Use Claims
This is doing the rounds at the mo; reports of the gassing atrocities in
Syria being on the rebel side (and an accident when they tried to move
a... well, what? A shell? A canister? A bottle?). Call me a Neo-con
stooge but my instincts call bullshit on this one.
effectively use chemical weapons you need a sustained barrage. Sure, the
rebels could acquire sarin gas but they can't deliver it: they have no
heavy artillery (and if they did Assad would have counter-artillerised
it by now; tech the Syrian government DOES have). And, yes, they could
set a canister off after placing it but that would be utterly
inefficient compared to conventional (and cheaper and far more available)
explosives. They, or their foreign backers, would know this.
Look at a well-known use of Sarin- the Japanese subway attacks back in
the 90s. Killed thirteen people. In a contained space. How, then, does a single
canister kill hundreds, possibly thousands, of people over square miles in the open air? And, why,
(according to Medicin Sans Frontieres, a neutral source on the ground) were the majority of bodies in cellars? Doesn't that suggest they were hiding
from a shelling? A sustained shelling from a distant military force
possessing long range battery capability and the expertise to conduct
the highly complex act of effective chemical attack?
me wrong, I'm still as pissed off about misty WMDs and Iraq as anyone,
but we are allowing that to colour our judgement. Personally, all I've
learned from this story is that the 'alternative online media'--which is
all the rage right now, Greenwald etc--hate modern warfare so much
(which is very laudable) that they can't even get to grips with how it even
works (which is sloppy and should be called out now before it festers).
That is all. If anyone wants me I'll be on Fox News.