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Response to David__77 (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 28, 2013, 07:30 AM

8. "...it's a tactic that is consistent with their many car bombings, shellings, etc., all designed to

cause terror and disintegrate normal life." - I think Assad's use of aerial bombs, missiles, tanks and artillery have caused more 'terror' and done more to 'disintegrate normal life' than the car bombs and shelling from the opposition. The government has access to much more powerful weapons and has shown little reluctance to use them on urban neighborhoods. Whether civilians were directly targeted to cause terror or were the victims of 'collateral damage' does not matter too much to those affected.

You are right the gas used in Aleppo (which both sides deny responsibility for and the government has refused to allow the UN in to investigate) was not sarin. It does not prove that the opposition has access to sarin. If (a big IF, at this point) sarin was used elsewhere that will be a f------ big deal. There may still be nothing that the US or the UN can do about it, particularly if Russia blocks UN efforts and continues to supply heavy weapons to Assad. Even Russia has warned Assad not to use chemical weapons and supports an investigation into the possibility (perhaps just for PR reasons, but they do support it).

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