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who didn't want powerful leaders like Saddam
Assad may be a lot of things, but he’s not stupid.
originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
Why would Assad use chemical weapons?
originally posted by: xstealth
He is stupid, are you kidding me?
Would you allow over 400,000 of your fellow countrymen to die so you could hold power?
He holds fake elections to claim he's an elected leader but twice the elections he had he was the only one on the ballot, the most recent one there were two others on the ballot but no one has heard of them and only pro-Assad areas were allowed to vote.
He could have resigned and kept his country together.
Yes he'd use chemical weapons, he was stupid enough to have a picture of the canisters sitting out in the open.
He's not scared of US intervention until now, so what did he have to lose by using chemical weapons? Nothing.
He knew the US wouldn't invade, he knew Putin had his back, he got to learn how the new administration would respond and he caused more fear in the population causing more refugees to flee into the west, which is Putin's number one objective in Syria.
Quit believing the Russian/Syrian propaganda. It's absolutely unbelievable that so many Americans believe the enemy of us over us.
Meanwhile, the stocks of the military contractor Raytheon surged following the missile attack, which used 59 of the company’s Tomahawk missiles, estimated to cost $1.4 million apiece. As stocks surged, Raytheon added about $1 billion to its market value Friday morning. According to financial disclosure filings, President Trump personally invests in Raytheon, meaning he profited directly from the attack.
Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the US-based Middle East Institute, also rejected the Russian account of what happened as "laughable."
"First of all, nobody in their right mind would ever store both both components of a binary nerve agent in the same building. And secondly, even if they were stored together and then targeted, blowing them up would not result in any active nerve agent -- it's chemically impossible," he said.