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Chemistry of war

October 03, 2013 09:30

Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (Reuters/Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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As real dialogue replaced gunboat diplomacy, the world narrowly averted yet another catastrophic intervention. Syria opened its doors to international inspectors and committed to the destruction of its sizeable chemical arsenal. And yet questions remain about where, when and by whom chemical weapons may have been used. Is such a Herculean task even possible? Angela Kane, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, joins Oksana to discuss these issues.


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Neter 07.10.2013 10:15

There are also substances that can chemically mimmick Sarin.

They are used for military training purposes as they chemically react in an identical way to Sarin chemical tests, and detection units can train without real risks.
Since the rebels selected the "survivors" ; tested by UN personel, I wonder if they could have absorbed that "fake Sarin" before.


Neter 07.10.2013 09:53

The main points is that the UN representative admitted that it is impossible that Sarin would have evaporated so soon, considering that it contained stabilizators - and environmental samples did not contain Sarin...
The second is that autopsy of bodies and samples from bodies are objective evidence, while stories by survivors are not objective evidence.


justnfree 06.10.2013 09:18

The way I realized thanks to this program, actions of those so called investigators was choreographed step by step by those who wanted to convicted Syrian government. Not investigating dead bodies, not collecting enough samples, not bringing several of those so called alive victims out of the rebel held area for further questions in more comfortable condition, not counting the victims, not having plans for further real investigation. So I have simple question, what did they actually do??!!

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