Enduring America reports that scientists have confirmed that Assad used chemical weapons in a recent attack on Homs civilians. Further confirmation comes from a defecting Syrian general who was directly involved in the incident.
What a blunder! What did he gain militarily in the above case? Zero. It can only be explained by the theory that Assad puts all faith in the power of intimidation. Events in Syria over the past tow years show that---while intimidation works up to a point--once people have been pushed too much it loses its power to frighten and becomes instead a prime driver of rebellion.
For the report on chemical weapons and my analysis of potential repercussions (all unfavorable to Assad) see the followin article and my subpost.