News Brief 8/27/2013, Elul 21, 5773
Syria: Was Chemical Weapons Massacre a Mistake?
While there is widespread agreement that a chemical weapons attack occurred last week near Damascus, killing over 300 people, what remains unclear is why the attack was carried out.
According to one Israeli expert, the devastating attack may have largely been a error.
“It’s quite likely that there was a kind of operational mistake here,” the unnamed senior Israeli source told the New York Times. “I don’t think they wanted to kill so many people, especially so many children. Maybe they were trying to hit one place or to get one effect and they got a much greater effect than they thought.”