Oops! This is what happens when badly-behaved children play with the big boys’ toys:
Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane’s Defence Weekly report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.
According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.
Reports of the accident were circulated at the time; however, no details were released by the Syrian government, and there were no hints of an Iranian connection.
Syria’s well-known to have an extensive chemical-weapons program, though lately it seems they’ve been trying to branch out. And an Iranian connection shouldn’t surprise anyone: Syria is Iran’s client. Ruled by Alawite clans, resource-poor Syria has come to depend on Iran for money and weapons, and in turn helps Iran any way it can: funneling money and weapons to Hizbullah (which is little more than an arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard), for example. And their common hatred of Israel makes their cooperation even more natural.
So the idea that they would cooperate on WMD programs isn’t a reach, by any means. A few more incidents such as these, however, and the Israelis won’t have to bother themselves with destroying them.