With tensions rising over Syria and the Chemical attack last Wednesday and military action to possible taking place on Friday, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem is vowing to strike back at any Western military lead attack with what he calls “surprise” defenses. He also stated the West is using allegations of chemical weapons as an excuse to attack.
He again denied that the Syrian government has used such weapons, and he challenged the United States and its European allies to show evidence. The United States has said it is known that the regime maintains custody of the chemical weapons in Syria and uses the types of rockets that were used to deliver chemical weapons on August 21 while the rebel forces do not.
The Arab League meeting in Cairo is also blaming the Assad government for the attack and is demanding that those responsible be put on trial. Britain, France, Israel and Turkey have all condemned the chemical attacks in Syria.
Russia, a key Syrian ally, also is warning against Western intervention in Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin Tuesday accused Western powers of behaving in the Islamic world “like a monkey with a grenade.”