Assad is mixingÂ chemicalsÂ to produce Sarin, a deadly gas used extensively during WWI andÂ which was subsequently outlawed in the 1993 Chemical Weapons ConventionÂ after Saddam stockpiled and usedÂ similarÂ deadly gas to attack his own people.Â Syria is one of six countries that neither signed nor ratified the CWC. And although the Convention has provisions giving those ratifying countries the right to inspect rogue countries producing and stockpiling chemical weapons, the UN has beenÂ remissÂ in its duties to enforce such provisions upon Syria.
Sarin is odorless andÂ colorless, which when delivered produces deadly consequences. SymptomsÂ includeÂ nausea, vomiting, muscular spasms, convulsions, and eventually cessation of breathing followed by death.
Sarin has a short life if produced inefficiently as we expect it to be in Syria (That knowledge comes from inspecting the crude methods used by Saddam), so if Assad is mixing the chemicals now, he may have only few weeks to use them. This is also an indication of how much the regime expects to last if it does not defend Damascus by using Sarin in shells to be fired on advancing rebels. The timing of the mixing is like an internal time clock for those interested in figuring out if Assad will survive to see 2013.
President Obama said theÂ followingÂ today in response to US intelligence about the intentions of Assad:
“Today, I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command, the world is watching, the use ofÂ chemical weaponsÂ is and would be totally unacceptable.Â If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”
Now those are good threats; but at the end of the day, they are words uttered simply to attempt to deter a mad man. The White House has notÂ orderedÂ any preparation of any sort inÂ anticipationÂ of Assad using WMD, the way Saddam before him did, and that is the only signal Assad is looking for to deter him.
Where are the gas masks the international community can ship to Syria to protect the civilians and those fighting Assad?
Where are the mighty American aircraft carriers to stationÂ themselvesÂ 50 yards off the international coastline off of Syria as a REAL deterrent?
Where is our own Syrian Flotilla similar to the one so many countries helped mount for Gaza just to allow more Israeli merchandise to cross the borders? A whole aid flotilla for the Islamists to fix their luxury cars, but not oneÂ effortÂ to help save thousands of Syrian lives from a certain WMD attack. What have the Syrian people done to anyone to deserve such anti-sympathy?
Mr. President, can we at least borrow some gas masks sitting in Government warehouses collecting dust?