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Friday, August 30, 2013

Bombing Chem Sites: More Harm Than Good?

The Associated Press, not always exactly bold, has had a few tough-minded piece on the Syria crisis this week, capped today by this one, which they have headlined at their own site:  "Experts:  Don't Bomb Chemical Weapons Sites in Syria."  A welcome shift from the usual he said/she said.  Mike Calderone at Huff Post with eye-opener on possibly why AP has been tough:  reporters were reminded of Iraq WMD failures.  Latest from AP opens:
You simply can't safely bomb a chemical weapon storehouse into oblivion, experts say. That's why they say the United States is probably targeting something other than Syria's nerve agents.  But now there is concern that bombing other sites could accidentally release dangerous chemical weapons that the U.S. military didn't know were there because they've lost track of some of the suspected nerve agents.
Bombing stockpiles of chemical weapons — purposely or accidentally — would likely kill nearby civilians in an accidental nerve agent release, create a long-lasting environmental catastrophe or both, five experts told The Associated Press. That's because under ideal conditions — and conditions wouldn't be ideal in Syria — explosives would leave at least 20 to 30 percent of the poison in lethal form.

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