"A bang rather than a whimper?"
Today from the DEBKAfile a full week of developments regarding the deployment of Syrian chemical weaponry from depot those nations in the region and those rebel forces in opposition to the despot Assad having a full understanding of what this might well mean.
Everyone in the area it seems MAKING READY for the final show down!
1. "Syria takes chemical weapons out of storage"
"13 July. Syria Thursday, July 12, test-fired advanced Scud D ballistic missiles capable of carrying chemical weapons and nerve gas and hitting targets deep within enemy territory as part of its war exercise . . . Chemical weapons have been transferred to Syrian units."
2. "Western sources: Israel in line for Syrian missile strike"
"14 July. not only Israel, but Turkey and Jordan should prepare for Syrian chemical missile strikes, after Syria missiles were test-fired this week against [notional exercises live fire of missile but and not real use of chemicals] all three . . . British officials report chemical weapons deployed at Homs, Latakia and Aleppo"
3. "More top Syrian generals desert Assad"
"15 July. Several high-placed generals bolted Bashar Assad's inner circle Sunday, July 17 [to include] . . . the former head of Syria's chemical and biological administration . . . Assad also received a last warning not to move his chemical weapons again or else they would be destroyed from the air."
4. "Chemical missile attack simulated in Israeli town"
"The exercise in Petach Tikva east of Tel Aviv was staged Monday by the Home Command, IDF, Magen David and the fire brigade."
5. "Haifa stages big home exercise for Syrian-Hizballah chemical attack"
"Wednesday, July 18, he Home Command launches its first large-scale preparedness exercise for an emergency arising from a potential Syrian and/or Hizballah chemical attack on Haifa, Israel's third largest town. The scenario simulates a chemical missile revenge attack by Hizballah"
6. "Syrian rebels to be issued with chemical masks"
"Free Syrian Army commander Colonel Riad al-Asaad reports information that government forces are armed with chemical weapons for use in areas lost to regime control. Preparations are under way to obtain protective gear for FSA fighters and defectors to their ranks."
"Jordan acts to ward off Syrian chemical attack"
"Jordan has taken precautions to ward off a possible Syrian chemical attack . . . reflecting concern that Syria might use such weapons if the uprising there threatens the regime."
7. "Israeli Defense Minister: Syria may send Hizballah advanced missiles"
"Ehud Barak warned that Syria is apt to transfer highly sophisticated missiles to Hizballah in Lebanon - and even possibly chemical weapons - for use in a campaign of retribution directed against Israel."
"US and Israel discussed IAF strikes to destroy Syrian chemical stores"
"US and Israeli officials recently considered an Israel Air Force operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stores."
As I have said, Israel has an unspoken but understood Samson Option [use of nuclear weapons] in the most dire circumstances to be employed against tormentors. Assad has such an option too but chemicals are the weapon of choice for the despot?