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Syria Says Will Use Chemical Weapons If Attacked
AP via Yahoo News ^ | 23 July 2012 | Ben Hubbard & Paul Schemm

Posted on 07/23/2012 8:22:36 AM PDT by edpc

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi vowed, however, that Damascus would not use its unconventional arms against its own citizens. The announcement comes as Syria faces international isolation, a tenacious rebellion that has left at least 19,000 people dead and threats by Israel to invade to prevent such weapons from falling into rebel hands.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assad; middleeast; syria; wmd
"No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria," Makdissi said in news conference broadcast on Syrian state TV. "All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression."

While the statement Makdissi read out promised not to use the weapons against the Syrian people, he later noted that Syria is not facing an internal enemy in the rebellion, which the regime has described as being funded from abroad and driven by foreign extremists.

Well, there's his qualifier. The internal problem is due to external aggressors. Stay tuned.

1 posted on 07/23/2012 8:22:44 AM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc

Where did the Iraq weapons go?


2 posted on 07/23/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: edpc
They better be careful.
President ZERO will hit them hard with a real wet noodle. . . .
3 posted on 07/23/2012 8:30:21 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Proud2BeRight
Where did the Iraq weapons go?

Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says - Jan. 26, 2006

4 posted on 07/23/2012 8:31:37 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: edpc
My understanding is that the rebels are being supplied by Saudi Arabia and by Qatar.

But when Syria says it will use WMD against foreign aggressors, they are probably htinking of Israel.

5 posted on 07/23/2012 8:37:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: al_c
"Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says - Jan. 26, 2006 "

That'll be great when the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Syria!

6 posted on 07/23/2012 8:38:24 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: ClearCase_guy

I see the potential manifestation of Isaiah 17, referring to the destruction of Damascus. Israel takes preemptive action to prevent Syrian WMDs from ending up in the hands of Hezbollah, al Qaeda or any of those terrorist groups, Syria retaliates with chemical weapons against Israel, Israel nukes Damascus.


7 posted on 07/23/2012 8:40:59 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: edpc

Does this mean our drones will have to hold their breath?


8 posted on 07/23/2012 8:41:46 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

What is the shelf life of these things?


9 posted on 07/23/2012 8:44:40 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: Proud2BeRight

WMDs were moved from Iraq to Syria. Some of us here remember seeing a piece on the History Channel which showed night vision cameras recording the movement of trucks. Never could locate a link to that footage.


10 posted on 07/23/2012 8:47:41 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: edpc

So there were WMDs in Iraq? They were just moved right before the invasion.

...when the smartest people in the room are constantly proven to be wrong, why are they still considered the smartest people in the room?


11 posted on 07/23/2012 8:48:41 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: sarasota

” WMDs were moved from Iraq to Syria. Some of us here remember seeing a piece on the History Channel which showed night vision cameras recording the movement of trucks. Never could locate a link to that footage.”

Down the memory hole comrade.


12 posted on 07/23/2012 8:52:04 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: Proud2BeRight

They left Iraq in a Russian convoy right before the war started. If you do a search you might even find some of the many freerepublic threads that were following that convoy as it was leaving Iraq.


13 posted on 07/23/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: edpc

Isaiah 17:1

Damascus ceases to exist.


14 posted on 07/23/2012 9:04:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Mercat
What is the shelf life of these things?

It depends on who you ask. All of Saddam's pre-1991 munitions were considered "degraded" by MSM types. However, our chemical stockpiles at Redstone Arsenal and other locations are still monitored and considered extremely dangerous. They're a century old.

If Syria possesses binary chemical munitions, the ingredients are kept separate until the weapon is deployed. Under proper storage conditions, the shelf life would be significant, if not indefinite.

15 posted on 07/23/2012 9:14:43 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

Bye, bye, Jihad.


16 posted on 07/23/2012 9:22:51 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: edpc
Assad has to know that he is dog meat.

Pictures of his bloody and broken body being used as a ventriloquist doll are going to be plastered all over the internet in a little while.

If he doesn't quit, buy himself a little house on the beach somewhere, keep his mouth shut and live happily everafter, he is stupider than he looks.

17 posted on 07/23/2012 9:32:19 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Elections have consequences....)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Shucks they went to Syria!!! Looks like GW Bush and Dick Cheney had it right all the time relative WMD!!! America, Americans, where are your brains??? The Economy stinks, the Job Market stinks, the USA is going bankrupt, Obama’s radical Muslim Brotherhood is on the march unabated, in the Middle East, Americans are poorer then ever before, our POTUS is no American, our children are murdered in the movies, slaughtered like animals by either a maniac or clever terrorist, terrorists, while Obama looks the other way, Putin, Russia, China, Pakistan use and abuse Obama for the paper tiger and doll he is.

Oops, I get it now.....Obama wants to destroy thes United States. Go figure!!! America, you should be ashamed of yourselves, for being absolute fools and puppets abetting your own destruction!!! A vote for Obama is a vote to destroy this great nation!!!


18 posted on 07/23/2012 9:49:34 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Only the most hard core al Qaeda will be willing to endanger the Hajj as they, in fact, did. As a result, the Saudi have the ability to export their fundamentalism and at the same time, profit through their relationship with the West.


19 posted on 07/23/2012 10:05:17 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: edpc
he later noted that Syria is not facing an internal enemy in the rebellion, which the regime has described as being funded from abroad and driven by foreign extremists.

What he appears to be saying is that he's not going to use his chem/bio weapons inside Syria, he will use them against the foreign states who are providing support for the rebels.

20 posted on 07/23/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: edpc

So just to be safe it would be best to nuke them from space.


21 posted on 07/23/2012 10:21:39 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once a land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: edpc

Nah....they won’t use them, they don’t exist.

Right Democrats?

Right?


22 posted on 07/23/2012 10:33:44 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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They left Iraq in a Russian convoy right before the war started. If you do a search you might even find some of the many freerepublic threads that were following that convoy as it was leaving Iraq.

In fact I vividly remember it was exactly 11 Russian trucks in a convoy watched on satellite provided video. You won't find this anywhere on the web because it was scrubbed. Bush decided to take the "hit" for "making the mistake" that there were no WMD in Iraq so Russia wouldn't be implicated and end up causing the 3rd and final thermo-nuclear world war.

23 posted on 07/23/2012 10:37:27 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: edpc

Dusting off the old Robin Williams routine:

“This is a ‘Line of Death’, you cross it, you die!”

“Okay, you cross this line, you die.”

“Okay, you cross this line, you die.”

“This line, you die.”

“Okay, you’re knocking on my door, I’m not coming out. Naaaaah”


24 posted on 07/23/2012 10:41:22 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: DeaconRed
President ZERO will hit them hard with a real wet noodle. . . .

There are a lot of idiots who want war with Syria and Iran, and we have an election coming up....I don't think Obama has gotten the foreign policy distraction or brownie points he wants ahead of the elections, I would not put it past him to start something with Iran or Syria.
25 posted on 07/23/2012 7:16:23 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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