Right now Trump is doing a victory lap over a limited airstrike in retaliation for what he believes is the Syrian government bombing people with nerve gas. That’s about it.
British companies sold chemicals to Syria that could have been used to produce the deadly nerve agent that killed 1,400 people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today.
Between July 2004 and May 2010 the Government issued five export licences to two companies, allowing them to sell Syria sodium fluoride, which is used to make sarin.
The Government last night admitted for the first time that the chemical was delivered to Syria – a clear breach of international protocol on the trade of dangerous substances that has been condemned as ‘grossly irresponsible’.
The sales were made at a time when President Bashar Assad was strongly suspected to be stockpiling the chemical weapons that have caused an international crisis.
The UK firms delivered sodium fluoride to a Syrian cosmetics company for what they claim were legitimate purposes. But intelligence experts believe President Assad’s regime uses such companies to divert chemicals into its weapons programme.
Last export license was 2010.
So the embarrassing question to the Brits would be how much of the chemical weapons used against children were created out of supplies sold to Syria by them?
Not to mention the old theory that Saddam sent his stuff to Syria to avoid being caught with it after the invasion in 2003.
Some old conspiracy theories (and frankly after what we have learned in the past few years maybe no so conspiracy-ish) have the Brits and maybe our CIA planting gas attacks in order to convince Obama to attack. Then again, we have ISIS seizing chemical weapons from Mosul and used them.
ISIS militants used chemical weapons during the battle for the city of Mosul last week, injuring a number of civilians, according to a senior Iraqi security official.
The official’s assessment comes after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), issued a statement last week saying that their workers had treated patients from Mosul who were suffering from symptoms consistent with exposure to a toxic chemical agent.
Over a number of days last week, the ICRC said it treated 15 such patients.
“The first cases who arrived were a mother and her five children, aged from 1 month to 11 years,” Iolanda Jaquemet, an ICRC spokeswoman, told NBC News.
“It was certainly [the result of] a toxic chemical agent, because their symptoms were absolutely clear. People had blisters, they vomited. They had irritation in the eyes and coughed,” she added.
The World Health Organization said in a statement that it was “extremely alarmed by the use of chemical weapons in Mosul, where innocent civilians are already facing unimaginable suffering.”
The statement added that “the use of chemical weapons is a war crime.”
Both the WHO and ICRC said that the patients’ symptoms were consistent with exposure to a blistering agent.
A senior Iraqi security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NBC News Monday that the official believed that the chemical agent used in the attack was mustard gas.
So who is gassing whom?
In that mix comes the open distrust of our intelligence agencies. How do we know they are telling the truth, or if they KNOW the truth. They may be biased by agenda or stunted by incompetence. That is scary.
Trump should tread lightly, regardless of the love being shown him by the Syrians on social media. We know he craves the attention, that he is getting, and will respond, but he’s President, and his thoughts, words and deeds affect the world.
Arabs on social media are praising President Donald Trump for ordering the first direct U.S. military action against Syrian government forces, and they’ve even invented an honorific title for him: “Abu Ivanka al-Amriki.”
“You what!? Good morning.. How big you are Abu Ivanka,” wrote Moussa al-Omar, a Syrian journalist living in London.
The full title — Abu Ivanka al-Amriki — means, “Father of Ivanka the American,” the BBC reported.
The Guardian‘s Kareem Shaheen, a Turkey and Middle East reporter, shared this hilarious photo of Trump with the title in Arabic, complete with full blonde beard.
He needs to figure that out, or it is going to a long four years. Pinched between Trump haters and Trump’s own impulsiveness, he will struggle. Which is too bad. I like the way he is shaking things up.
Trump sent the missiles. Now he must use his brain, not his emotions, for the next move.