Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AP: Libya's deadliest weapons not yet corralled


Now from the "here's something else to worry about" department we have this assessment from the experts that there are still a large number of WMDs floating around in Libya.

QUOTE: "No one can be sure who controls the Libyan government's weapons stockpiles, a stew of deadly chemicals, raw nuclear material and some 30,000 shoulder-fired rockets that officials fear could fall into terrorists' hands in the chaos of Moammar Gadhafi's downfall or afterward."

QUOTE #2: "U.S. and allied officials say chemical and nuclear stockpiles appear to be still under the control of what's left of the Libyan government despite rebel military advances into the capital. That may or may not be reassuring. It depends on whether Gadhafi loyalists, increasingly desperate, adhere to international agreements not to use or move the material."

With their backs against the wall there's no telling what desperate people might do.  At the same time, if these sinister weapons fall into rebel hands they could ultimately be passed on to some other nasty people.  
Interesting times, folks... 

1 comment:

  1. The other day I heard a piece on NPR regarding civilians with small arms in Libya. Basically NATO/UN views it as a problem.

    If my government was recently toppled (better or worse), that's precisely the time I would want to be armed. I understand the practical problems about trafficking, crime, etc.

    It is a dilemma from a R2KBA perspective.