Global "chaos" may ensue if US strikes - Syrian official
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad expressed his thoughts that a possible "chaos" in security and peace worldwide would happen should the United States or any international state would pursue action against his country. In an interview with Associate Press in Damascus, Mikdad spoke in response to allegations about troops of President Bashar Assad using chemical weapons against civilians last August 21. About 100 people were reportedly killed in the attack.
The Syrian government had earlier disowned the attack and said that the rebels were behind the fatal incident. The government had also allowed representatives from the United Nations to check the site of the crime, located in eastern Ghouta, in order to validate if the said attack did occur.
'According to CBS News, President Obama has been conducting closed door meetings with his cabinet to determine if the US and its allies, namely the UK, France and Germany should conduct military operations against Syria for the use of chemical weapons on their countrymen. US's top administration officials had earlier said that such actions would only mean to penalize the prolification of biological warfare.
Mikdad stressed that Syria would counter attack if the US and its allies attack first. "They will bear the responsibility for such an attack, which will result in killing thousands of innocent people, as happened in Libya, and committing criminal actions against a sovereign country," Mikdad added. "Syria will not be an easy target."
In a 1996 white paper by the Committees of North Atlantic Assembly published on the Federation of American Scientists's website, development of biological weapons cost under USD100,000 and could be done in a few weeks with a team of five biologists. Russia, at that time needing to destroy their stock of chemical weapons, had estimated expenses of up to USD5 million to do so.