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US President Barack Obama surmises that Damascus might have plans to use chemical weapons against foreign-backed militants in Syria.

On Monday, Obama, whose country is accused of being a key member of an international coalition attempting to destabilize Syria, warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against the militants.

There would be consequences if Assad were to use these weapons, Obama warned, adding that “the world is watching” you.

“The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable,” he stated.

Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that if the Syrian government uses the chemical weapons, it would mean that Damascus has crossed a US redline.

Commentators say the allegations are repeated attempts by the US to orchestrate an Iraq-like scenario against Syria.

Meanwhile, Syria has dismissed allegations that it intends to use chemical weapons to end the unrest, stressing that it will never use weapons of mass destruction against its own people.

“In response to the statements of the US foreign minister, Syria confirms repeatedly that it will never, under any circumstances, use chemical weapons against its own people, if such weapons exist,” Syrian state television quoted a foreign ministry official as saying.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have lost their lives in the violence.

The Syrian government says foreign-backed “terrorists” are responsible for the killings, and that certain Western states, especially the United States, and their regional allies are fueling the turmoil.

On November 28, The New York Times said the US administration “is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power.”

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  • Zharkov

    The qualifier in the Syrian statement is that the Syrian “Government” will not use chemical weapons but that assurance becomes meaningless if the weapons are already in the hands of the rebels. So who has custody of the weapons at this moment?

    This situation underlines the problem of government ownership of dangerous weapons. Governments cannot be trusted to not use genocidal weapons against their own citizens, as we have seen in America, Iraq, and elsewhere.

    In America, our founders wanted the citizens to possess weapons, not the government.

    As stated in the 2nd Amendment, the founders made it absolutely clear that armed citizens were to be the final protection against government tyranny. And their reason was that freedom for citizens was more important than the continued existence of the state.

    If the people of Syria had been as fully armed as citizens are in Switzerland, the idea that a government needed chemical weapons would not exist – armed citizens would be the final deterrent against invasion.

    When all dangerous weapons are controlled by a few people at the very top of an organization, then everyone’s life is at the mercy of those few, however insane they may be. Decentralization of weapons ownership actually protects citizens far better than monopoly control of weapons by a few elite.

    Self-defense is a “do-it-yourself” project that places responsibility for national security back onto the citizens, where it belongs.

  • News Flash

    News flash! Someone is already using flouride and GMOs on innocent, non-combatant civilians. Someone must take action! Hypocrites. Death is death. Whether a bullet, chemical, fire, blade or atomic/nuclear reaction, if unprovoked lethal action is used, you are a MURDERER!!!

  • Zharkov

    Governments have murdered over 200 million people in the last 100 years, so it goes without saying that governments are extremely dangerous regardless of what type of system they claim to be. Fluoride contaminants and GMO crops are slow-kill weapons that do damage over long periods of time. They will be gone someday as people realize they are more dangerous as adding lead to gasoline.

    Sarin or “nerve gas” means instant death. A single drop on the skin can kill anyone. Sarin eats right through chemical weapons protective gear within a few hours and gas masks won’t protect against it for much longer than an hour.

    There is good reason to worry about any government possessing such a weapon.

    Governments cannot be trusted with having a monopoly on deadly weapons.

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