The fruits of inaction: ISIS is now reported to be “aggressively” attempting to create chemical weapons. The AP:
[The group is] setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.Their quest raises an alarming scenario for the West, given the determination to strike major cities that the group showed with its bloody attack last week in Paris. U.S. intelligence officials don’t believe IS has the capability to develop sophisticated weapons like nerve gas that are most suited for a terrorist attack on a civilian target. So far the group has used mustard gas on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria […]Still, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday warned that Islamic extremists might at some point use chemical or biological weapons.
What the White House wants us to think of as its “masterly inactivity” in Syria continues to produce disaster. What we’ve seen so far in Syria is nothing like as bad as things can get. Day by day, President Obama’s decision to stand aside and let Syria fall apart is looking less and less like a wise restraint and more and more like a decision that could cost the West dearly, in lives and blood as well as economic unrest and political dysfunction.