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    they do have chemical weapons. That's not a secret. They are moving them around. They also admit that. But why are they? That's a question with a number of answers. One answer could be to ensure that they remain secure. Assad's regime has to be concerned at the kind of people they are fighting. I would think they would be really terrified to have them fall into the hands of the rebels. So I am not ready to start panicking about this.

    Syria has stated repeatedly that they would not use them on the Syrian population. Oddly enough, I believe the regime. There are lost of reasons why it would be a stupid idea. If anything  would trigger foreign intervention, this would. Second, it wouldn't improve their security situation, quite the opposite. Third, I suspect that they feel that they are going to win the civil war by steady attrition. We'll see if they are right. But I would be amazed if there were any use of nerve gas. They'd be committing suicide.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:59:22 PM PST

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