Technically not always. Burning the chemicals up in place may contaminate the immediate area, but that's about it.Aerial bombardment + chemical weapons caches is a recipe for disaster.
Excellent analysis and points. Thanks for offering your insights!Technically not always. Burning the chemicals up in place may contaminate the immediate area, but that's about it.
As for the possibility of war? At this moment, unlikely. Syria is too stretched to attack Israel, Lebanon won't, Hezbollah is still re-arming and the Turkish-Israeli relationship is under repair. Russia's only Mediterranean naval base is within Syria, and they are not anxious to lose that by taking unnecessary risks, or allowing others to do so. Unless another state steps into the mess or there is a major CBRN type attack, I doubt it will escalate. My two cents anyway.
It's considered good form to link to the source.A new defense deal between the US and Israel, after a year of secret negotiations, will give the Israel Air Force (IAF) a technological overhaul. The IAF will receive F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter bombers, the latest C-130J Hercules transports and cargo planes, both made by Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), and the Italian M-346 jet trainer, made by Alenia Aermacchi. The IAF will also receive the new Boeing KC-135 air-to-air refueling tankers, which it has only been able to dream about until now.
No one needs to give anyone orders to get stories like that. If you are a writer for a major Canadian newspaper you have likely inculcated the basic assumptions of Western power, otherwise you wouldn't be writing for a "major" paper. Fact is there are legitimate reasons to report all those stories - they ARE happening. The question is should these stories take the next step and advocate for Western intervention (though let's not forget that interviewing Conservative party members in government will give space for those kinds of stories to go that way as Harper/McKay and others will lead the stories in that direction).It seems to me that the publicists are working overtime to create a march to war treadmill to backstop our governement and the US governement's decision to send troops, guns, bombs, or money to overthrow the regime in Syria.
First it was the human rights abuse stories, then it was the refugee camp stories, then it was was a raft of stories about how the rebels were not linked to al qaida (that seems to be true), now there are stories about Syria using chemical weapons. Will this story be the mushroom cloud that galvanized the West into another invasion?
Yep I agree!For a long time now, Canada's 'peacekeeping' seems to have been more about bombing as part of US led 'coalition' type campaigns, than classic blue helmet opperations with broader global support.
Sing along everyone!Beinart w/ an amazing piece on Syria, asking people advocating for intervention in Syria ...
D'oh! Wait it isn't supposed to happen like that! Let's do it over again!.. why they aren't advocating to "intervene" in Iraq again