Syria’s Chemical Weapon Potential: What Is It, and What Are the Health Risks?
Syria continues to fight its civil war. The other day I had a discussion with another frequent poster here. His assertion is that Syria has no WMD’, as the weapons they do have are not destructive enough. I did some digging and there is no official definition. However, if you look at the UN treaties and many statements from officials, Syria is said to have chemical weapons that the UN classifies as WMD. I saw this article, and found it instructive as to what Syria does have. What is keeping some at the Pentagon up all night? Sarin. VX. And the bombs, artillery shells and missiles to deliver. Perhaps one of the largest stockpiles anywhere.
Whatever you call these weapons; tens of thousands of people are at risk from them in Syria. If Assad gets desperate and angry enough there could be attacks like what Saddam did to the Kurds, except with even more advanced weapons.
(CNN) — With the strength of Bashar al-Assad’s forces diminishing in Syria’s civil war, global fears are mounting that Syria might unleash chemical weapons to quash the country’s uprising.
The government insists it would never use chemical weapons on its own people. But world leaders say Syria’s desperation could lead to even more tragedy in the war-torn country.
So what exactly are chemical weapons, and what could they do to the human body? A primer: