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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

WMD found?

Channel News Asia:

Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region in June and killed dozens of people. The German daily Die Welt newspaper, in an advance release of its Wednesday edition, citing unnamed western security sources, said that injuries apparently caused by chemical arms were found on the bodies of the victims. It said that witnesses quoted by an Arabic news website called ILAF in an article on August 2 had said that several frozen bodies arrived suddenly at the "Al-Fashr Hospital" in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in June. Die Welt said the sources had indicated that the weapons tests were undertaken following a military exercise between Syria and Sudan.
Via Instapundit I don't know that I place a great deal of credibility in this article at this stage. It will be interesting to see if anything further develops from this. Syria has been a possible suspect, raised even before the Iraq war began, for the location of Saddam's WMD stockpiles. It is also possible that Syria has developed such weapons on its own if these reports turn out to be true. Personally, I have nothing against a regime change in Syria. It is another despicable Arab government, it has ties to terrorists, including supporting the insurgents in Iraq. In some ways, I expect it might be easier to rebuild and democratize both Syria and Iraq at the same time, rather than trying to do Iraq while Syria fights us there. Update: A commenter on Vodkapundit points out this article that contains the following tidbit:
The UN Security Council earlier this month adopted a resolution, drafted by the United States and France, calling on all foreign forces to leave Lebanon, militias to disband and foreign governments to respect Lebanese sovereignty. Burns' deputy Elizabeth Dibble was quoted as saying in an interview with the Beirut-based As-Safir that the U.S. is considering additional sanctions against Syria, in accordance with the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, if it ignores the UN resolution.


Blogger Aric said...

One war at a time. One war at a time.

-- Aric

9/15/2004 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I agree. The War on Terror. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria...all battles.

WWII we fought in Europe, the Pacific and Africa. Waiting to deal with Germany until we finished off Japan (or vice versa) would have been a mistake.

9/15/2004 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Cubicle said...

yea the comments on voka pundit were impressive on this topic.

basically we had to take out Iraq, and syria will fall easily.


9/15/2004 05:16:00 PM  

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