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Syria Completes Destruction of Chemical Weapon Producing Equipment 97 97

rtoz writes "Chemical weapons watchdog OPCW has declared that Syria has rendered inoperable chemical weapons production facilities and mixing/filling plants. This operation has been completed just one day before the deadline (1 November 2013) set by the OPCW Executive Council. The Joint OPCW-UN Mission has inspected 21 of the 23 sites declared by Syria, and 39 of the 41 facilities located at those sites. The two remaining sites were not visited due to safety and security concerns. But Syria declared those sites as abandoned and that the chemical weapons program items they contained were moved to other declared sites, which were inspected."
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Syria Completes Destruction of Chemical Weapon Producing Equipment

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 01, 2013 @10:05AM (#45299777)

    Jesus, you people will just believe any old kayfabe that gets shoved in front of you, won't you? "Oh, Obama was trying to start a war and the brave Republicans in Congress were stopping him and then that swiftboater Kerry made some slipup in a press conference and Putin called him on it!" Ugh, you idiots.

    Look, when Obama wants to start blowing shit up somewhere, he doesn't bring it in front of our dysfunctional craptastic Congress first, he just fucking does it, and tells the public afterward if at all. See also Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and so forth. So, therefore, bringing the Syria fight to Congress was an obvious stall for more time, because who the hell wants to piss away another trillion bucks in the middle east right now? We have to piss that money away at home, ffs!

    Putin and Kerry were discussing the whole setup with each other ahead of time while Congress congressed, and then came out publicly and played good cop/bad cop with Assad. Putin got to keep his only Mediterranean naval base, Obama got to get the chemical weapons away from Assad (and the terrori-- sorry, "rebel alliance" who may well take over Syria), Assad gets to keep killing the people trying to overthrow him, only he has to do it with bullets. The only people who are screwed are the rebel groups, but half of them are Al-Qaeda under a cover name, so fuck 'em. (And the Syrian people, but honestly, they're screwed no matter what happens.)

  • by jbolden (176878) on Friday November 01, 2013 @10:10AM (#45299845) Homepage

    The US did destroy about 90% of their stockpile. The remainder which we haven't destroyed are out of commission and at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado and Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky. Both of which are disposal facilities. We are doing it and have been for decades.

    Syria is going to ship their stable stuff to Russia for destruction and if they have unstable / weird stuff everyone is going to have to figure out what to do.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson