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No chemicals sent to Syria from the UK

Syria mapAccording to the Independent, Vince Cable is under pressure over some export licenses that were issued by his department in January 2012.

The licenses were for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride. both of which can be used to manufacture sarin gas, which we now know was used in the chemical attacks in Syria. But further down the article we can read that:

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills insisted that although the licences were granted to an unnamed UK chemical company in January 2012, the substances were not sent to Syria before the permits were eventually revoked last July in response to tightened European Union sanctions.

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Opinion: the case for intervention in Syria

Being up all night does give me somewhat of an advantage as far as news goes. As I’m writing this even the BBC has not yet covered what’s been seen on NBC, CNN, Russia Today and others. Namely, the reports that Assad has had chemical and biological weapons prepared for use. Obviously, at this point we’re unable to establish if this is fact, what we do know however is that Syria is in possession of these weapons and Assad’s regime is clawing along on its last breaths.

I don’t need to establish how devastating chemical and biological weapons like these can …

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  • User AvatarATF 22nd Aug - 2:25pm
    @Martin They are you using Lord Adonis' book as the basis, so a balanced account is hardly likely given that book argued that, in effect,...
  • User AvatarTony Dawson 22nd Aug - 2:20pm
    There are several common denominators. But they must remain nameless. :-(
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 22nd Aug - 1:47pm
    The problem I find as I read this is that the article does not refer to any significant section of the Arab population that is...
  • User AvatarGareth Edwards 22nd Aug - 1:34pm
    Willie, you can scare-monger via the Express (a very right-wing paper) as much as you like, but North Sea oil revenues should be kept in...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 22nd Aug - 1:31pm
    A lovely idea but I just can't see it happening. Europe post World Wars was a small continent with developed though ravaged economies, lots of...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 22nd Aug - 1:23pm
    What Martin said