Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Syria Plays With Sarin

Remember back during the Cold War, when from time to time a Soviet weapons test would go awry?

Sometimes word would leak out that a lot of people mysteriously died in some remote part of Siberia or Kazakhstan, as occurred after the anthrax “accident”. More than likely, though, no one outside of the CIA or NATO intelligence knew anything about it until after the USSR fell and the archives were opened.

The biggest incident, of course, was at Chernobyl in 1986, when Moscow tried to keep the lid on a nuclear accident for as long as possible. The radioactive cloud that passed over Poland and Scandinavia made that secret hard to maintain, however.

Something similar seems to have happened this past summer in Syria. Here’s the latest from the Jerusalem Post:

‘Dozens died in Syrian-Iranian chemical weapons experiment’

Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane’s Defence Weekly report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.

According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.
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Reports of the accident were circulated at the time; however, no details were released by the Syrian government, and there were no hints of an Iranian connection.

The report comes on the heels of criticism leveled by the Syrians at the United States, accusing it of spreading “false” claims of Syrian nuclear activity and cooperation with North Korea to excuse an alleged Israeli air incursion over the country this month.

This is pretty scary stuff. Iran and North Korea are already rogue countries, and Syria, like so many Muslim states in the Middle East, has only a single corrupt dictator and his clique standing between traditional despotism and a full-fledged Islamist regime.

It’s food for thought.


Mystery Meat said...

Great news! Have they scheduled any more tests?

John Sobieski said...

Ha ha. Can you imagine the US trying to cover up an accident like that? No way. I guess Allah thought it was time to gather some chemical martyrs.

falcon_01 said...
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falcon_01 said...

Sources should say safety is suspect since spineles sunna-studying Syrians seldom secretly smuggle sarin on scuds successfully since sunni scientists soon succumb. Suffice to say, security sucks.

ross said...

God 1, Allah 0

Wonder what Kucinich feels about that? In his little world, its Probably just propaganda put out by Cheney .

openplaza said...

It wouldn’t surprise me, if it'd turned out, that the C-Weapons used there in this incident came from Irak itself.
Anyone remembers General Georges Sada? He was a high-ranking (Christian) official in Saddam Airforce. After the fall of Baghdad he defected to the US and wrote a book in which he claimed, that just before the war, the Iraqis moves their C-Weapon stockpiles by planes to Syria.


Well, I want to make it clear, very clear to everybody in the world that we had the weapon of mass destruction in Iraq, and the regime used them against our Iraqi people...I know it because I have got the captains of the Iraqi airway that were my friends, and they told me these weapons of mass destruction had been moved to Syria. Iraq had some projects for nuclear weapons but it was destroyed in 1981. (When asked if there was any chance there were nuclear weapons or on their way to nuclear weapons when USA invaded, he said): Not in Iraq.

His book can be found here: Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied & Survived Saddam Hussein

And here is an Interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (Youtube) General Georges Sada on Iraqi WMD's

One day we will find out. the whole WMD story is not over yet.