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"Western non-governmental organizations have stated they believe Syria has an active chemical weapons program. Syria is not a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, though it is a party to the 1925 Geneva Protocol which prohibits the first use of chemical weapons. In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq it denied that it had chemical weapons, but admitted it possessed such weapons in 2012. Syria is one of six states that have not signed and eight that have not ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. Syria reportedly manufactures Sarin, Tabun, VX, and mustard gas types of chemical weapons. Independent assessments indicate that Syrian production could be up to a combined total of a few hundred tons of chemical agent per year. (To provide context for this estimate, 190,000 tons were manufactured by World War I participants.)"
Originally posted by xMJRx
Syria had always denied they had chemical weapons, right up until 2012 when they admitted they do in fact have them and not only do they have them but independent assessments indicated that Syria also manufactures them to, these chemical weapons include Sarin, Tabun, VX and Mustard Gas, and now it seems that after being blamed for the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people, the Syrian Gov have stated that it is immoral to ever use their chemical weapons, and they don't want to use them, it is immoral!, so the most obvious question that springs to mind is why do they have them in the first place then?, and why do they continue to manufacture these weapons if they have no intention of ever using them?
Originally posted by snapperski
Look at it like this.
You have the world watching, waiting for you to F-up, with the west's unimaginable war machine on your doorstep foaming at the mouth.
You are clearly winning and pushing rebel lines back after a hard 2 years fighting, and sanctions.
What do you do.
I find it very hard to believe Assad would make such a stupid stupid mistake of using a chemical weapon, its absolute suicide.
Assad far from a idiot, his well educated and surrounded by intelligent people, and is clearly good on the war front aswell, so the question is WHY ?
A = Its a set up.
well Assad did it once before with no retaliation...so he assumed he could get away with it now.