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So, What Are We Doing About Syria’s Other WMD Program?

October 27th, 2013 - 12:14 am

A Sept. 30 article in Foreign Policy warned that “The World Hasn’t Tackled Syria’s Real WMD nightmare” — adding, “Forget the nerve gas. It’s Assad’s bioweapons program that should keep you up at night.” And in report released just this month, on “Al Qaeda’s Biological Weapons Program,” the London-based Henry Jackson Society warned that “while the world has been focusing on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles, President Bashar al Assad’s biological weapons program is in fact a far greater danger that has not been tackled.” The HJS report warned that Al Qaeda’s Al Nusrah affiliate in Syria may already have access to “biological pathogens or weaponized agents either of which would pose a threat to the international community.” More specifically, this report cited an unnamed but “very credible source” who said he had seen “near Aleppo, a looted pharmaceutical laboratory, which was probably a cover for a biological weapons production site.” For yet more alarming specifics, there’s a 2007 report published by the New English Review that goes into some detail on Syria’s collaboration with Iran, North Korea and Russia, and alleges that “the US Intelligence Community negligently underestimates and denies the sophistication of the Syrian biological weapons programs which is very unfortunate.”

By all means, let us wish UN agencies, and anyone else who wants to get involved, the best of luck in containing Syria’s suspected polio outbreak, and vaccinating millions of Syrians against that terrible disease. That, at least, is a plan. On the matter of Syria’s biological weapons programs… is there a plan?

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47 weeks ago
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So, polio vaccinations. Now all they have to do is figure out how to keep the rebels from killing the people sent to administer the vaccine.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Nothing to see here. Obama said so. Red Line has been erased. Move along.
48 weeks ago
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It amazes me how little attention people pay to bioweapon programs. The science is only in its early stages as far as lethality, but with the advances being made in genetics these weapons will have the ability to kill billions with a minimal investment.

Ignoring this is like ignoring the Japanese developments in carrier warfare before Pearl Harbor, only much, much, more deadly.

Interesting times.
48 weeks ago
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Me?
I am going to hope that Assad gets the lead out and starts making better use of 'em on the Al Qaeda and Moslem Brotherhood insurgents.
48 weeks ago
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Chemical and biological weapons, the poor man's nuclear weapons. We have never paid enough attention to the biological stuff, from the Soviet's "yellow rain" in Cambodia (was that ricin?) to the development by several Arab states.
I pray we won't regret it, but I fear we will, if not for use against us, then for tens of thousands of deaths elsewhere.
48 weeks ago
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Crap! One more restless night...

48 weeks ago
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Is there a plan?

The plan is surely to plan. Doing something is another matter.
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