Response to Syria WMD use would be big

2012-09-03 21:57

Paris - Any use of chemical or bacterial weapons by government forces in Syria would trigger a "massive and lightning fast" response from the West, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

"We talk about this, in particular with our American and British partners, and follow it closely on a day-to-day basis.

"Our response... would be massive and lightning fast," Fabius told BFM television, saying chemical weapons were a "big, big risk" in the Syrian crisis.

Paris and Washington have said that despite the deadlock at the United Nations Security Council over taking firm action to stem the crackdown by President Bashar Assad's army on a 17-month-old uprising, the use of chemical weapons would be justification for a military intervention.

Syria acknowledged in July that it had chemical and biological weapons, prompting US President Barack Obama to threaten "enormous consequences" if Damascus even moved such weapons in a menacing way.

Asked whether Western powers agreed on what form a response to the use of chemical weapons could take, Fabius said he believed they would be united.

"Russia has been very firm on this point and the Chinese have the same position," he added.

Assad, who is backed by Shi'ite Iran and its Hezbollah Lebanese proxy, has lost control of rural areas in northern, eastern and southern regions of Syria and is using helicopter gunships and fighter jets to try to subdue the opposition.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 02:34

    Sad that "the West" only draws a line at chemical weapons. What weak principles our leaders have. What mayhem and torture, sheer pain and brutality they allow. Unconscionable.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 21:10

      Everyone except Patrick, and especially the Free Syria Army, knows that the West unfortunately has weak leadership and is doing virtually nothing to help Syrians and their families.

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-09-04 06:38

    Here we go again; weapons of mass destruction! The magic twentieth century justification for war. And the picture adjecent to the article!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 08:02

      "Syria acknowledged in July that it had chemical and biological weapons".

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 07:02

    This assad psychopath has PROVEN time and again, he is a cruel bastard, who does not give a damn about 'his' people. Driven more in a corner , as he is, he is very capable of using WMD This monster, should be stopped, and if the Russians don't like it, to hell with them. As it is, they are a bunch of useless bastards !!

  • Final.Punishment - 2012-09-04 10:02

    GO RUSSIA!!!

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-04 10:29

      I will not lie...the Russian ground forces and navy give me goose bumps and they are a force not to be reckoned with ????? ?????? but their technology has been a bit dismal lately, having troubles getting a satellite up into orbit..?? come on.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-04 10:24

    Like I have said before..THE SATELLITES ARE IN POSITION....

  • faerrab - 2012-09-04 10:39

    Be afraid the colonial masters have spoken and will invade

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-04 11:27

      NO, the Syrian people have spoken, and they want this assad monster out !!!

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-09-04 18:24

    I'd be interested to know wonder where the Syrians procured their 'weapons of mass destruction'?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-04 21:12

      Assad has them produced in Syria. So did his father.

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