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article imageOp-Ed: Obama warns Assad against using chemical weapons

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By Eliot Elwar
Dec 8, 2012 in World
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The Middle East crisis continues as Syria may have loaded chemical weapons into bombs, while Obama warns Assad against using chemical weapons against opposition forces. And US warships arrive near Syrian coast in preparation for likely combat operations.
According to NBC news, the Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from fighter-bombers. Sarin is an extraordinarily lethal chemical agent. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces killed thousands of Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988. There's little the outside world can do to prevent Assad from launching a chemical attack on the Syrian opposition.
Recent reports about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile had to do with dangerous sarin nerve gas being loaded into bombs at Syrian airfields. Analysts believe that Syria loaded components of sarin gas into bombs near or on Syrian airfields. While the bombs were not loaded onto aircraft, it is assumed that this action is what the Syrians plan to do. Concern over the Syrian moves led to a strong warning from President Obama to the Syrian regime led by President Bashar Assad, according to ABC news.
US warships arrived near the Syrian coast recently during a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for combat operations are underway. While the Obama administration has not announced any decision for US-led military intervention into Syria, the US is now completely prepared to launch such action “within days” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decide to use chemical weapons against the opposition. If the US decides to intervene militarily in Syria, it now has at its disposal thousands of fighting men, numerous warships, and many fighter-bombers. The US warships are equipped with advance missile interceptors to shoot down any Syrian missile, according Blacklisted news.
Analysis
It appears very likely that Assad’s regime is coming to an end. While Assad will fight to the very end, he will eventually lose the conflict and either be killed or flee the country. Syrian President Bashar Assad has been contacting his friends for possible havens. If he flees from his disintegrating country, Venezuela and Cuba are possible safe havens. Chavez makes good sense because he had close ties with Iran and Syria's leaders for years.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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