Clinton warns Syria not to use chemical weapons against its own people
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Clinton warns Syria not to use chemical weapons against its own people

Damascus : Syria | Dec 03, 2012 at 10:19 AM PST
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Syrian government forces raise their weapons while holding a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo

Syria said on Monday it would not use chemical weapons against its own people after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a strong warning to the Bashar al-Assad regime over the potential use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people as a means of ending 20 months of continuous popular revolution against the regime.

"We have made our views very clear: This is a red line for the United States," Clinton said in Prague.

"I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur."

However, Assad has been warned by Obama's administration and western officials that the use of chemical weapons would trigger direct military intervention against him from the West.

"Any proof that the Syrians were moving chemical weapons in a threatening way or planning to use them, would constitute a red line for us, that could provoke US intervention," US President Barack Obama said earlier. He added that such a move would change the calculus and equation of US policy.

Syria has stressed repeatedly that it will never, under any circumstances, use these types of weapons, if they were available, against its people. A statement reiterated that position.

Last July, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said that Syria will not use any chemical or other unconventional weapons against its civilians and will only use them in case of external aggression.

We note that in Syria's statement of today, it has not been proven or refuted that Syria possesses chemical weapons, but the Syrian foreign ministry spokesman was more explicit that Syria will use chemical weapons or other weapons if it was exposed to external aggression.

In related news, the Guardian, reported on Sunday that Turkey requested NATO Patriot missile defenses to be deployed last month, following intelligence that the Syrian government was considering using missiles and chemical weapons against its armed opposition, the Free Syrian Army.

Turkish officials reportedly told the Guardian they had credible evidence that if the regime's standard attacks on opposition areas failed, the government would consider using missiles and chemical weapons.

The officials claimed that while missiles would be aimed at opposition strongholds within Syria, they could easily stray across the border to Turkey.

"We have intelligence from different sources that the Syrians will use ballistic missiles and chemical warheads," a senior Turkish official told the Guardian.

However, the admission from Turkish officials follows a report in the New York Times that US and allied intelligence officials have detected activity around more than one of Syria's chemical weapons sites in the last week.

Opinion:

There is information stating that the spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Jihad Makdissi, has defected Assad regime. He is now in Turkey. As far as I know, he fled from Syria last night. Allvoices might be the first to publish this important news. I think this man holds many mysteries concerning Farouq al-Shara, as well as Walid Muallem. I will follow up this story through my own sources.

It's good that the Syrian regime is warned, from time to time, not to use chemical weapons, but why isn't there an urgent action from the international community against the whole Syrian regime? Observers of the US administration's statements notice that Clinton is warning Syria, for the sixth time, not to use chemical weapons. But it is known that the Syrian regime is now using cluster bombs to attack civilians. However, it seems that the international community is not interested enough to condemn this.

I guess if the Syrian regime decides to use chemical weapons, it will be only on Israel. The reason will be to change the rules of the game. Apparently, the US administration was aware of this plan, because they know very well that any war between Israel and the Syrian regime will raise the influence of the regime and will lead to sympathy of all Arab and Islamic countries towards the Syrian regime. In this case, the Syrian opposition would be considered traitors.

The question is: Is Assad brave enough to take that approach even though he knows, in advance, that the Israeli response would be very violent and may lead to clearing Damascus from the whole map.

Finally, it seems that Syria will witness many events this winter. Perhaps the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkey carries a lot of meaning besides talking about some movements on the Jordanian-Syrian border, with the knowledge that there are U.S. troops in Jordan. Therefore, will we witness an early end to the Syrian regime?

Sources:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/12/03/253100.html

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/12/03/253157.html

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/63124-clinton-warns-assad-on-chemical-weapons-syria-says-it-won-t-use-them

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/02/turkey-syria-chemical-weapons-fears

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/world/middleeast/clinton-syria-chemical-weapons.html

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