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Experts say that only America can destroy Iran's nuclear program. According to The Jerusalem Post, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a well-regarded Washington-based think tank, released a study saying that the United States is the only country that has the capability to carry out a successful, preventative military strike against Iran's nuclear program. The study went on to say that "Israel does not have the capability to carry out preventive strikes that could do more than delay Iran's efforts for a year or two" and that the regional security consequences will be "catastrophic."
A former Syrian army official says the regime 'will deploy chemical weapons as a last resort'. According to The Telegraph, the former head of Syria's chemical arsenal says that the Syrian regime plans to deploy chemical weapons against its own people "as a last resort." Major-General Ad-nan Sil-lu said he defected from the Syrian army three months ago after being part of top-level talks about the use of chemical weapons on both rebel fighters and civilians.
The drought of 2012 has many Americans comparing it to the Dust Bowl. According to CNN, nothing in U.S. history can compare to that calamity of eight decades ago, including the historic drought now gripping much of America. But that doesn't mean there isn't considerable suffering and devastation now in most of the United States. Or that dire conditions could well persist for several years -- compounding negative impacts of drought, thus ruining even more livelihoods and lives. This year, Hurricane Isaac helped alleviate the current drought in some places, but not in most, and certainly nowhere near enough to put a big dent in a phenomenon that is affecting millions.
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