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April 15, 2018

Not Even An Aspirin Factory?

Approximately as many as seventy five people in Syria died as a result of the use of poison gas, probably chlorine and, perhaps, serin gas, in an attack in the city of Douma, Syria, a week ago. It is believed that the Assad regime carried out the attack.

Putting the regrettable deaths into some perspective, in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of Syrians, seventy five deaths is regrettable but quite insignificant

I understand that the use of chemical weapons is against the Geneva Convention and a war crime. Many world leaders were incensed by this latest despicable attack. Te fact that the Assad regime doesn't seem to understand this is even more galling.

When Assad used chemical weapons against his people a year ago the United States unilaterally sent the Assad regime a message by targeting the aircraft that could deliver the outlawed weapons. Fifty-nine cruise missiles ultimately destroyed about 20% of the Assad regime's air force. A pretty good return on investment for the United States.

There have been reports of further use of chemical weapons this past year, but when pictures of the carnage of the latest chemical weapons attack were shown, President Trump was incensed and decided it was time to do something again.

The attack Friday night by the United States, France and Great Britain on Syria was meant to send a message that the use of poison gas is unacceptable and I'm sure that the message was received, but it was a very expensive message.

It is being reported that the allies used 108 cruise missiles to deliver their latest message, targeting what was believed to be a research center used in the production of chemical weapons and two storage facilities for said chemical weapons. Reuters is reporting that, if you can believe anything the Syrians or their friends say, it is possible that the buildings that were demolished in the attack on Syria were empty.

A senior official in a regional alliance that backs Damascus told Reuters the sites that were targeted had been evacuated days ago thanks to a warning from Russia.

You can read more about this here<.

This also raises the question of how the Russians knew what the targets were going to be.

If the building were, in fact, empty, and you consider the cost of just the missiles that were used in the attack was well over $100 million dollars, not to mention the cost of the ships, planes, and military personnel from the United States, Great Britain, and France, this attack did not have a very good return on investment.

If this is true and the buildings destroyed Friday night were completely empty, it makes Bill Clinton's attack on the aspirin factory in Sudan look pretty good, considering it only took a handful of missiles and the payout of $50 million dollars to the businessman whose business was mistakenly destroyed.


Posted by Rick | April 15, 2018 02:53 AM | Political Science

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