now, just where do you think syria got those chemical weapons?
there are only so many possibilities.--
russia and/or china. i do not think this likely, because i don't think either would trust such things to knot heads. (hint: that's why they sell the arabs outmoded tanks, and fighters.)
"homemade." i do not think this entirely likely, as they don't seem capable of making much. and, if they did make them at "home," it is quite likely the israelis would have done something about a long long time ago. as with iran, plants would suffer explosions, and scientists would blow up in car bombs, and the like. this has not happened so far as i know. (not that i am saying that israel does stuff like that, ... , but, stuff like that just seems to happen w/ people who dink around w/ israel.)
from saddam hussein, in trucks. if you will remember, just prior to the launch of the 2nd invasion into iraq by the george bush led united nations coalition, (look it up, if you are intellectually lazy and don't remember details very well, ... , e.g., you are a liberal w/ the liberals meme on the topic), the iraqi's were shipping everything that wasn't nailed down to a concrete foundation into syria by truck.
a constant, heavy stream of trucks, just about ceaseless.
from one baathist regime, to another baathist regime, from one dictator to another.
this seems to me the most likely source of the gas weaponry that assad is trotting out to threaten the world, though it is to be doubted that he has the tactical capability to deploy it very effectively. i suspect that his troops cannot arm weapons with it, nor, in all probability, can they make it go "boom" properly.
the stuff is tricky. you remember when the japanese terrorist types tried to commit mass murder by releasing sarin into the japanese subways? well, they killed a few, made more very sick, but they really were incapable of disseminating the stuff in sufficient concentrations to make it lethal.
gas. nerve agents. chemical weapons. biological weapons. all of these things require skill and calculation in their distribution and use in order to be lethal on any kind of large scale.
we'll see. i believe the fellow that barbara walters described as a nice friendly eye doctor will use the stuff to try and stay in power. i don't believe he'll be any better at it than he's ever been at anything else, and i believe he will die at the hands of his opposition.
and, deservedly so. (if i were his american born wife, i would be clearing out of dodge with all the jewelry i could stuff into the pillow cases, ... , else she dies on the gibbet, as well, if she's lucky.)
but, all that aside.
i think assad got the gas from saddam hussein. (you remember any syrian american-trained bio-chemists named "doctor death," now, do you?)
you got a better explanation? can you point to the plants where it was manufactured, to the places where its storage was devised, and to the systems designed to charge the necessary armaments with the stuff?
john jay @ 12.06.2012
p.s. bush didn't lie. the god damned democrats lied, and, after they initially sponsored the invasion, too. oh, yeah, i dislike the bastards intensely.