Dr. Jill Dekker is a consultant to the NATO Defense Establishment in bio-warfare. She may be alarmist, but other sources amply confirm the existence of Syrian chemical weapons and their delivery systems.www.newenglishreview.org/Jerry_Gordon/Syria%27s_Bio-Warfare_...Contrary to how the US State Department and other agencies tend to downplay the sophistication of the Syrian biological and nuclear programs, they are very advanced. Syria has always had the most advanced chemical weapons program in the Middle East. The US and other western agencies have in a sense been distracted by this, but their biological programs and the “concept of use” are robust.Syria’s biological weapons capability today is closely tied to the former and current Soviet and Russian programs respectively, the DPRK, Iran and the former Iraq regime....Syria has extensive expertise in the industrial cultivation of germs and viruses for the civilian production of anthrax (and smallpox) vaccines. It also noted that Russian experts, contracted by Syria, are apparently helping them to cultivate a highly virulent anthrax germ for installation in missile warheads. Their pharmaceutical infrastructure is fully integrated with their defense structure. Syrians cannot reach parity with US and Israeli conventional weapons. However, they view their bio-chemical arsenal as part of a normal weapons program. This is a huge shift in thinking by the Syrian military. It means they condone the use of biological pathogens as ‘offensive’ weapons. NATO and the United States should be very concerned about that re-designation....Well they’ve mastered micro-encapsulation which is necessary for aerosol dispersal. They have experimented with parachute dispersal techniques for orthopox based on Soviet methods. They are also developing micro aerosol dispersal technologies which have no military application. This is probably the most alarming as it is designed for terrorist use.DB2
Meaning...what, Steve?Meaning the powers that be want war, and twist the media to promote excuses.Steve...not buying it
Steve...not buying itYou're not required to.From Jane's:Production Capability (Syria), Biologicalhttp://articles.janes.com/articles/Janes-CBRN-Assessments/Pr...Although allegations have been made of an active offensive BW programme in Syria there is little evidence of the existence of dedicated production facility or reserve system to generate weapons....There is no convincing evidence that Syria has developed BW but the possibility cannot be discounted.DB2
There is no convincing evidence that Syria has developed BW but the possibility cannot be discounted.So we go to war because Syria can't prove a negative, just like Iraq. Maybe the US would like to dust off those "genuine" artist's impressions of "mobile bioweapons labs" that Colin Powell used to freighten the UN.I have been proposing, since last spring, that the US' interest in Syria has nothing to do with the civil war, but is to clear a flight path to northern Iran as most of that country's nuclear facilities are clustered in and around Tehran, and the safest flight path to Tehran is to overfly Syria and Iraq. Iraq'a air force was destroyed years ago, and a chaotic collapse of the Assad regime would ground the Syrian Air Force.Steve
Dr. Jill Dekker is a consultant to the NATO Defense Establishment in bio-warfare. She may be alarmist, but other sources amply confirm the existence of Syrian chemical weapons and their delivery systems.http://world.time.com/2013/02/01/the-fallout-from-the-air-ra...Israeli warplanes struck several targets inside Syria overnight Tuesday, including a biological weapons research center that was reportedly flattened out of concern that it might fall into the hands of Islamist extremists fighting to topple the government of Syrian president Bashar Assad, Western intelligence officials tell TIME.So far only two airstrikes have been publicly reported, amid a flurry of conflicting initial reports. Syria officially complained of the destruction of the Scientific Studies and Research Center in Jamarya northwest of Damascus. And a variety of news organizations reported that Israeli jets hit a convoy carrying advanced anti-aircraft defense systems toward Lebanon’s Bakaa Valley, presumably for delivery to Hizballah, the militant Shi’ite group closely allied with the Assad regime. If they had been deployed, those SA-17 ground-to-air missiles would intimidated Israeli pilots who now operate over Lebanese airspace with impunity, forcing them to higher altitudes and other operational precautions.DB2
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