foxdemon wrote:We are unlikely to ever know what really happened. Could have been the ground crew were about to load up the jets with another bomb load only to discover they had run out of high explosive bombs. So some bright spark wheels out some rusty old bombs from the back of the ammo dump, without bothering to check what the code on them means, and says “hey, I found some more bombs. Load’em up”.
In any case, it makes no sense for Assad to have been involved. It's easy for people here in this thread and elsewhere to be naive and conclude a two-dimensional view of the situation as evil dictator (I don't mean you), or that he's just insane, and all the cartoon villain stereotypes people seem to ascribe to secular dictators like Assad. Playing any role, whatsoever, in using chemical weapons is something he knows, full well, would enable his enemies to do anything they want without any other justification, including trying to kill him.
It doesn't matter if people support Assad or not. The US government has already admitted we've been involved in Syria with the rebels since the early days of the conflict, and we and other countries have been actively involved in providing arms and training directly, or through training camps in Jordan and elsewhere, etc. For Assad to then decide to use chemical weapons, knowing the US has been desperately seeking any excuse for significantly expanding its actions in Syria, is ridiculous.