If Syria is to come under chemical arms scrutiny, so must Israel: Analyst

An American analyst says the Israeli Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) must come under scrutiny the same way Syria has been subjected to such a measure, Press TV reports.

“Israel should be brought under the same microscope as Syria; [until] Israel is forced to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and … they open their nuclear, chemical and biological capability to international inspection and sanction, we’re going to continue to have problems,” said Mark Dankof, a Texas-based broadcaster and analyst in a Press TV interview.

Dankof described as inaccurate US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent claim that Syria owns the largest chemical weapons arsenal in the Middle East, adding that it is in fact the Zionist regime that is the record holder in terms of the amount of WMDs possessed.

“That honor,” he said, “belongs to Israel along with their nuclear weapons, some 300 warheads that are known to exist, along with their biological agents that are a part of the Israeli arsenal.”

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari stated last Thursday, “The main danger of WMDs is the Israeli nuclear arsenal,” stressing that the Tel Aviv regime also possesses chemical weapons but “nobody is speaking about that.”

The Syrian envoy further described his country’s chemical weapons as “a mere deterrence against the Israeli nuclear arsenal” and other WMDs, referring to a recently declassified CIA document that Israel had stockpiled chemical weapons decades ago.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday: “It’s well known that Syria has a certain arsenal of chemical weapons and the Syrians always viewed that as an alternative to Israel’s nuclear weapons.”

Dankof also slammed the US for its dual policies in taking different governments to task for their possession of WMDs, arguing that unless all nations, “including the United States, whose track record on weapons of mass destruction goes back to the mass murder of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945,” are held accountable to the same standard, the global problem of WMD possession will remain serious.

Further elaborating on the US double standards, Dankof pointed to the massive use of chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980’s by executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and said, “This was done with the complete approval and sponsorship of the United States, which was egging Saddam Hussein on to attack the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is a matter of public record.”

He then censured the unfounded US allegation that the Syrian government was behind the recent use of chemical weapons in the country, saying the official UN inspection team has yet to release its report on the case.

Citing assertions by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, among others, the American analyst rejected US claims of the use of the lethal weapons by Damascus and emphasized that all existing evidence indicate that the Syria chemical attack was “a false-flag” operation undertaken by “Wahhabi extremists who are being supported by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel against the [Syrian President] Assad regime.”

On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov clinched a deal over Syria’s chemical weapons following three days of talks in Geneva, Switzerland.

Based on the agreement, Damascus has one week to provide international inspectors with detailed information on its chemical weapons stockpiles.

The talks in Geneva came following a proposal by Russia to Syria that the latter put its chemical weapons under international control. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Muallem said on September 9 that his country “welcomes” the Russian offer.

The war rhetoric against Syria gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus.

The Syrian government categorically rejected the allegation, saying the militants carried out the attack to provoke foreign military intervention.

By Press TV


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