Mission impossible? Securing Syria's chemical weapons wouldn't be easy
September 11th, 2013
05:54 AM ET

Mission impossible? Securing Syria's chemical weapons wouldn't be easy

Throughout much of the 1990s, U.N. weapons inspectors criss-crossed Iraq in search of Saddam Hussein's stocks of chemical weapons. It was a game of cat and mouse, as inspectors tried to reconcile what the Iraqi regime was telling them with conflicting intelligence from western governments.

In total, the inspectors of the U.N. Special Commission supervised the destruction of more than 40,000 chemical munitions, some 500,000 liters of chemical agents, 1.8 million liters of chemical precursors and delivery systems including ballistic missile warheads.

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  1. giggig

    Here what one of the FL Governor Candidates just concluded: Syria and Putin is a large fraud. There is no Al quada and there never was.Its justr a play,played by statists. Its a false play to make us (inclusive or exclusive Assad)believe ,there is a civil war and bad guys are on the opponent's side. Remember the Iranian (republican guard officers) "Pilgrems" who got caught near Damascus. There were thousands more infiltrated , to "play" Al Nusra and Al Quada forces,not one shot was ever aimed at them ! They just pretended they would be aside Gen Idriss ,the FSA, but all they did ,reveiling targets ,false play to them. And bluffing to be against Assad . When the time is right open friendly deadly fire . A horrifying Situation for the FSA .
    Once Hezbollah found out ,hoe this fooling and killing works,they joined in,Assad never asked them to do so.He will regret soon ,when the Hoax blows .The Hoax will blow this eve , in Geneva , when Russia has to answer certain questions.Saringas availability is endless, so what a cheap offer from Putin " we surrender the depots ,if you take down the threat(use of force) . Kerry can break away from these dishonest gang anytime at the latest Sunday.
    Force will have to be used,UN vote/mandate will never come (Evil setups will remain in the way),US Congress vote will
    come at the latest when the People exactly understand ,what deadly mechanisme is in place here. In the Russian,North Korean,Iranian Equation its calculated , US Congress would never make it possible for NATO(NATO + USA,Command-wise)to kick Russian foothold away from Syria. That's why the Armada got transported into Syria ,75 – times as much war gear as needed to avert a Rebellion.There are greater plans in the works . Their plan is to genocide Arabia , under the pretense of "Civil Wars" , get the heads rolling of these Kings and Sheiks and Sultans.Set a foothold at the straights of Hormuz. Sarin production is in NorthKorea ,slavelabor, and also genozidial killing of political inmates while prtoducing the weapons.Putin takes them over his Sibirian adjacent borders and prepositions them In Lebanon and Iran,certainly not
    on the spots offered to give them up,at best 12% or so. A joke,we should refuse to even talk about such offers ,since they can always lie , hide,replainish,refill,relocate etc etc.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  2. Ldryj Dfgjm


    September 12, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
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    September 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  4. Skorpio

    I believe is more effective to send them an army of "Jehovah Witnesses", "Mormons" and "Hare Krishna" so Muslims can be domesticated.

    September 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  5. Hfhjhu Dhufgjl

    Russia to sell improved S-300 missles to Iran calling it principaled 100% based on what Putin calls US protest of Assad gassing his own citizens not Russians or Americans or Chinas or Brittens or Frances citizens– SO FOLKS WHO IS PAYING FOR THAT...

    September 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  6. Tthjgj Bdhkh

    What is objective vs. what is subjective

    September 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  7. Tthjgj Bdhkh

    But wait there is more:
    Benghazi hit by blast on anniversary of U.S. Consulate attack
    By Samira Said. Jomana Karadsheh and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

    September 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  8. Alex279

    Just relax.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  9. Ktrds Fkjhf

    lots of acts of terror in syria today and other places in the region against christians & those related structures–this means there will be many acts of terror on the backside of 911, 2013.-compared to 2012 ect.

    September 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  10. Tired of my taxes paying for Middle Eastern wars and welfare

    Sounds like the UN is imminently qualified to perform the hunt and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. The US doesn't have a dog in this fight and should bow out gracefully.

    September 11, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  11. Nbvfg Frtyui

    Wouldn't be easy...whos fault is that...happy 911...was that easy...pest control 101 leave the House when you set off the bug fogger...the arab types were out like never before except for 911 last year except this year they had stuck on their faces gigantic toothy smilles after Obamas four point speach: where ever you go there you are, whatevers going to happen is going to happen, enjoy the movie & get a little taste of the heroin before giving up on the gateway drugs ...

    September 11, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  12. StanCalif

    Our Congress just got the reprieve they need! Our "do nothing" Congress can now relax! "We, the people of the USA" want nothing to do with Syria's problems. Our Congress doesn't listen to us, they only listen to money!
    Syria is Russia's "problem child", not ours. Just like North Korea is China's problem. When we finally told China to get their "problem child" controlled or suffer severe economic consequences, what happened? North Korea suddenly changed their belligerent stance!
    Same with Syria. Syria is Russia's problem, not ours! Keep in mind that Russia is no "democracy" just another country ruled by a powerful dictator! Nothing happens without Putin's consent! Our European "allies" are now so dependent on Putin's gas that they dare not support any US actions we propose in Syria! Anyone wanting to support the US in Syria will certainly get their gas shut off by Putin!
    Italy just became the next victim of Putin by recently signing an agreement to a "take or pay" gas deal with Russia! What idiots! Another European country lost to Russia! Putin doesn't need tanks nor nuclear bombs anymore, he has the gas that Europe needs! This is his new favorite weapon.

    September 11, 2013 at 8:26 am | Reply
  13. Random

    "We choose to do this not because it is easy but because it is hard"

    Thought you guys could use some inspiration. All we need to do is put our war machine behind getting it done asap. Surprise them by how efficient we are at destroying it. Right it wont be easy but its possible. And worth working hard for , many times more than killing people.
    Otherwise I totally support sending troops, starting with every single member of the house, and senate .

    September 11, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply

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