Syria’s Shifting Chemical Weapons Stockpile
By Absolute Rights Contributor on December 3, 2012
Reports are flying that Syria is shifting some of its arsenal of chemical weapons. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton warned Syria about the strong U.S. stance on the use of such weapons. “This is a red line for the United States,” she said on Monday in Prague.
Clinton reiterated that the U.S. would be forced to get involved if the embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad were to use chemical weapons against Syrians. “There is a line between even the horrors that they have already inflicted on the Syrian people and moving to what would be an internationally condemned step of utilizing their chemical weapons,” she said.
In the past week, the U.S. and its allies have noticed Syria moving around some of its weapons. Exactly what the U.S. plan of action would be, should Syria cross the “red line,” is unclear. Military analysts have said that potentially entering Syria to halt the use of the weapons would require a gigantic ground and air operation involving tens of thousands of troops.
Clinton’s warnings against Syria’s use of the weapons echoes President Obama’s stance on the issue. In August, Obama warned that Syria’s use of their arsenal would prompt the U.S. to “change its calculus” and intervene.
Clinton refused to “telegraph any specifics” about what the U.S. intervention would look like.
The possibility exists that Syria is moving their weapons to protect themselves against rebel forces. Currently, rebel forces have been attacking Syrian military bases near the capitol, Damascus.