Al Nusra manufacturing anti-freeze?
GSN reported on a nice story from Interfax here that stated that the much heralded 'sarin' that was reportedly in possession of the Al Nusra ground was in fact anti-freeze.
GSN reported on a nice story from Interfax here that stated that the much heralded 'sarin' that was reportedly in possession of the Al Nusra ground was in fact anti-freeze. It is part and parcel of the dreadful conflict in Syria that the claims of CWA use/possession are given far more oxygen that the subsequent rebuttal. A lot of these claims are so detailed here that they are quickly taken as valid, subsumed into the mythos, and then presented as a body of 'fact.' It is very difficult for many of the mainstream journalists, both in theatre and at 'home,’ to accurately judge the complicated claims and quasi-science that is offered to them. CBRNe World has had other news agencies getting in touch with us, asking our opinion on other 'exclusives' that they have been offered, and many of them fall into the same camp: a quantity of matter (soil, blood, urine) has been handed to them, that was entrusted to them by a 'Doctor' smuggled out of an area that had been attacked by government forces/Free Syria Army/Hezbollah (delete as appropriate). None of these have followed any attempt to follow a cold chain, or chain of custody and are in danger of being seen in the same way as red mercury was in Iraq. There is a significant difference however, there was no red mercury in Iraq (or anywhere else!), but there is definitely Sarin in Syria - the challenge will be knowing when it was used and by whom. Traditional media tend to believe that there is always a 'good' side in every conflict, and this need for duality is as damaging here as it was in the Balkan conflicts. Currently it is just as likely that both sides are using CWA as one side and this need to find a binary relationship to CWA - if they used sarin then they have to be evil - will, eventually, be unproductive. The current obsession with use of CWA being the 'red line,' the good old fashioned causus belli, will end up being as successful as nailing jelly to a wall.