The report validates allegations by a human rights organization I had posted about in May in my post, Syrian Civil War Update: The Assad Regime Used Chemical Weapons Again: http://williamcinfici.blogspot.com/2014/05/syrian-civil-war-update-assad-regime.html. Chlorine, a deadly poison gas, is not classed under international standards as a weapon of mass destruction. The lethal weapon was first used by the Germans in the First World War.
I shall take this opportunity to note the significance of the removal not only of
Syria’s acknowledged chemical
weapons arsenal, but also their chemical precursors. Not only were weapons of mass destruction
found in Iraq after its liberation from the Baathist regime in 2003, in the form
of hundreds of artillery shells filled with lethal chemicals in their warheads,
but also their chemical precursors in the form of mustard gas, sarin and VX,
which are nerve gasses and blister agents.
The point is that even absent chemical weapons, both Iraq and Syria’s stockpile of chemical
precursors were dangerous, as they could have relatively easily been weaponized
by filling warheads with them. In
addition to chemical weapons of mass destruction and precursors, the Iraqi
Baathist regime under Saddam Hussein also possessed missiles of a longer range
than permitted under United Nations resolutions. Regardless, Syria’s use of chlorine underscores
that there are many dangers beyond WMDs from terrorist-sponsoring states that
commit crimes against humanity.