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Fri Aug 30, 2013, 11:59 AM

Experts: Don't Bomb Chemical Weapon Sites in Syria

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Source: Associated Press

EXPERTS: DON'T BOMB CHEMICAL WEAPON SITES IN SYRIA

By SETH BORENSTEIN
Aug. 30 6:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) You simply can't safely bomb a chemical weapon storehouse into oblivion, experts say. That's why they say the United States is probably targeting something other than Syria's nerve agents.

But now there is concern that bombing other sites could accidentally release dangerous chemical weapons that the U.S. military didn't know were there because they've lost track of some of the suspected nerve agents.

Bombing stockpiles of chemical weapons purposely or accidentally would likely kill nearby civilians in an accidental nerve agent release, create a long-lasting environmental catastrophe or both, five experts told The Associated Press. That's because under ideal conditions and conditions wouldn't be ideal in Syria explosives would leave at least 20 to 30 percent of the poison in lethal form.

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"It's a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease," Kimball said. He said some of the suspected storage sites are in or near major Syrian cities like Damascus, Homs and Hama. Those cities have a combined population of well over 2 million people.

When asked if there is any way to ensure complete destruction of the nerve agents without going in with soldiers, seizing the chemicals and burning them in a special processing plant, Ralf Trapp, a French chemical weapons consultant and longtime expert in the field, said simply: "Not really."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/experts-dont-bomb-chemical-weapon-sites-syria

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:16 PM

1. no crap

itll be intelligence, communication, and radar type installations.. assuming that all the waiting we do doesn't allow them to start moving things inside and on top of civilians houses as countries we attack tend to do when faced with the prospect of a cruise missile attack.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:24 PM

2. Hello: they already announced days ago that cw sites would not be targeted

he Obama administration is targeting particular military units and bases in Syria seen as responsible for carrying out chemical weapon attacks against rebel forces in the country.
The entire target list drafted by U.S. military and intelligence officials includes no more than 50 sites inside Syria where forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are stationed, according to The New York Times.
Military planners at the Pentagon and White House are avoiding specifically targeting suspected caches of chemical weapons stockpiles, fearing that strikes would release the deadly contents of those stockpiles into nearby towns and villages.
nstead, the preliminary target list for a Syria operation includes locations of the specific military units and military headquarters executed the chemical attacks.
Long-range missile and artillery sites believed to have launched the chemical weapons into rebel-held areas around Damascus have also been targeted for U.S. strikes, the Times reports.
Other targets include key command and control stations, Syrian military airbases and several "conventional military targets," a U.S. defense official told the newspaper on Tuesday.


Read more: http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/319021-white-house-battle-plan-exclusively-targeting-military-sites-in-syria#ixzz2dTDYrdTA



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Response to frazzled (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:40 PM

5. "there is concern that bombing other sites could accidentally release dangerous chemical weapons..."

keep reading. The worry is that it will be inadvertant.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:34 PM

3. No shit! One doesn't have to be an expert to realise that. Bombing anything at all will only make

the situation worse. It's a civil war, FFS. Last thing Syria needs is military intervention from outside.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:35 PM

4. The only thing that would destroy the Chemical Weapons is a Nuclear Weapon

.. and I don't think the Administration would go there for obvious reasons.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 12:47 PM

6. How about we diplomatically isolate them instead?

 

A punitive bombing mission is only going to kill people and make us enemies, not friends. Not every international outrage requires bombing. There are non-military means that can serve too.

As for bombing, it is an act of war, and a half-assed one at that. If we are going to go to war, what are we trying to see as an end result?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 01:00 PM

7. We're going to lock this because it's analysis and not LBN.

Please feel free to re-post in GD or GR. Thanks.

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