Alex Thomson isn’t too impressed by the various Syrian Chemical weapons stories going around
Once more, weapons of mass destruction could become weapons of mass deception at screaming high volume these past few days. From the western media who, in the heated atmosphere pre-Iraq and under pressure from Bush and Blair, brought us the Baghdad WMD story, now we have the “Damascus chemical weapons threat”.
I think there may be an intervention of some sort planned around the existence of CW agents in Syria, but the evidence that Assad is anywhere near using them is so thin that it looks to me more like an attempt to insert into the public mind the necessity of post-Assad intervention in case the chemical cocktails 'fall into the wrong hands': a bit of airpower to get the right rebels in power when the time comes to make the final rush on the presidential palace; the pretext for what will be billed as peacekeeping by NATO and/or regional forces; or a standoff arming of local proxies, Libya style. Whatever's right. In other words, we’re in prepping for phase two of the Syrian civil war. Among other things, it’s kind of the obverse of the interventionist mentality. The locals aren’t going to be allowed to do it for themselves.