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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I hope everyone knows where their gas masks are!

We're almost there.

The news over the last 24 hours has been full of reports that Syria has not only begin moving their stores of chemical weapons ingredients, but has actually begun combining chemicals in order to create weaponized Sarin (nerve) gas.

The US is wagging a stern finger, and has declared that the use of chemical weapons would 'cross a red line'.  I'm sure that has shaken the resolve of the Syrian regime.  [not!]

Me thinks that Israel's 'red line' trigger for initiating a pre-emptive strike to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles is considerably shorter.  Like 'now' shorter.

I hope everyone knows where their gas masks are.

Posted by David Bogner on December 4, 2012 | Permalink

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...and the number one reason not to make Aliya is...

Posted by: Fred | Dec 4, 2012 1:08:49 PM

Fred... The same atitude kept the majority of the world's Jews in Babylonia way back when. With your 'help' the results could be the same.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 4, 2012 1:27:12 PM

you cant argue both sides of the issue. you cant tell me how great life is in israel, and tell me you exist under an existential threat.
i dont get your babylonia reference. the jews of babylonia produced the talmud.

Posted by: fred | Dec 4, 2012 3:31:45 PM

Fred... Jews in the Diaspora exist under a different existential threat. I might, G-d forbid, lose my life (or my children's life) to the violence of our enemies. Those in the Diaspora might lose their children to assimilation and intermarriage. Statistically speaking, the threat to the Disapsora is much more likely to become a reality.

My reference to Babylonia is meant to point out that if all of the Babylonian Jews had returned rather than just a small number, we might never have been exiled a second time. Life was rish and comfortable in Babylonia... and yes, it was the center of Jewish scholarship at the time. But when we, as a peaople, are given the chance to return from exile, and the majority of the exiles say, 'No thanks... we like it here in Teaneck and Woodmere', well, it weakens the chances of the returnees making a go of it. I'm just sayin'...

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 4, 2012 3:39:47 PM

The only problem is that gas masks won't work against some of Assad's weapons (at least according to my personal military counselor). Modern chemical weapons also attack the skin.

Posted by: Lila | Dec 4, 2012 3:49:31 PM

And up until reading this post I had been engaged in such a nice game of world-news-avoidance..... [gah!]

It's true... ignorance IS bliss!

Posted by: zahava | Dec 4, 2012 4:17:18 PM

Lila... Yes, Sarin can be easily absorbed in lethal doses via the skin. Gas masks will be of little use if they use that gas against us.

Google 'Ronald Maddison' if you want to lose all respect for the British Government while confirming that even minute exposure to the skin will kill you.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 4, 2012 5:02:33 PM

trep, your stats for assimilation and intermarriage are accurate, but not for the orthodox world, such as the orthodox communities in teaneck or woodmere. i doubt the intermarriage stats in efrat are very different from orthodox strongholds in the us. (in fact, the religious attrition rates are probably worse in places like efrat than they are in many orthodox bastions in the us. just sayin...)

Posted by: fred | Dec 4, 2012 7:27:37 PM

Ass-hat stockpiled Sarin, Tabun, VX, and mustard gas. You'd want a MOPP suit with that gas mask.

Posted by: Rashaba | Dec 5, 2012 11:50:26 AM

You can be sure that if Sarin etc. were used, Israel,or the opposition might be first,but Europe and the US wouldn`t be far behind once the red line was crossed. I hope I`m right that those in power(beyond the inner circle) don`t want to give their lives or futures for Assad and will force him from power before using gas.

Posted by: ED | Dec 5, 2012 8:30:37 PM

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