By Barry M. Lando (excerpts chosen by IsraelSpy.com)
Below are excerpts from a new blog post by a former producer for CBS News’ “60 Minutes”, the Paris-based Barry Lando. Titled “Why Did Syria Want CW Anyway?”, at BarryMLando.com
[[[[[ a study published by the European Union’s non-proliferation consortium in July 2012, concluded,]]]]] [[[[[[“Syria’s CWs are not tactical or battlefield weapons, but rather a strategic deterrence against Israel’s conventional superiority and its nuclear weapons arsenal.”]]]]]][[[[[While Israeli leaders have always portrayed their country as an embattled David, confronting an existential threat from an Arab – and now, Iranian— Goliath, Syria’s perspective has been totally different.As the rulers in Damascus have seen it, Israel, thanks to its sophisticated industrial base, and unwavering financial and political support from the United States, has been able to develop by far the most powerful military forces in the region—with its own nuclear trump card.]]]]]The Syrians, on the other hand, have suffered one humiliating setback after another, from the failure to defeat Israel in 1948, to Israel’s on-going occupation of the Golan Heights, which they took in 1967, to Israel’s repeated forays into South Lebanon.