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Lab equipment and chemical containers were shown. Some containers bore the Turkish chemical company Tekkim name.

An Arabic text wall poster read, "The Almighty Wind Brigade (Kateebat A Reeh Al Sarsar)."

A man shown begins mixing chemicals in a beaker. It emits gas. Rabbits in a glass box have convulsions, collapse and die. The audio states:

"You saw what happened. This will be your fate, you infidel Alawites. I swear by Allah to make you die like these rabbits, one minute after you inhale the gas."

Now they say they developed a toxic substance called Sunna 2. It can chemically pollute water, they claim. Two grams can kill an adult in less than an hour, they say. They threaten to use it.

Chemical weapons use fear-mongering continues. False allegations claim Assad may use them. On December 19, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) headlined "Preventing Chemical Weapons Use in Syria," saying:

It's "wrong to assume the (threat) is receding. Indeed, there are good reasons to believe it could grow in the coming weeks and months."

Syrian officials repeatedly stressed they won't use these weapons internally. Comments they make fall on deaf ears. They're largely ignored.

CFR shares guilt with others. Syria has a sizable arsenal, it says. It contains deadly Sarin nerve gas and other chemical agents. They've "been weaponized into bombs, artillery shells, and possibly warheads for delivery by missiles."

If "rebel forces progressively gain the upper hand," Assad may use them, CFR claims. No evidence suggests it. None shows insurgents made gains.

Their accomplishments include terror bombings, massacres, and other gruesome atrocities. Well-funded street gangs can commit similar crimes anywhere.

CFR urges aggressive preventive steps. "Military strikes" should be readied if "warnings," "securing loose weapons," and "information warfare" fail.

Iraq WMDs redux emerged. Secretary of State Colin Powell hyped nonexistent mobile weapon labs among other fraudulent claims. He said sound evidence proved it. He lied. 

He later called his accusations "the lowest point in my life." Mea culpas don't wash when they come too late to matter. The cradle of civilization was destroyed. It no longer exists. Syria's turn is now.

Alleged Syrian mobile weapons labs are hyped. Claims don't wash. They're no more credible than about Iraq. 

Washington Post contributor David Ignatius has close US intelligence ties. He openly favors arming Syrian death squads. He ignores gruesome atrocities they commit.

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