This was a comment from Britain’s Foreign Minister, William Hague, in response to Syria saying it would never use biological/chemical weapons against its own people no matter what the circumstances, but might use them against foreign aggression.
Hague’s comment is relying on people only seeing what is fed to them by pop media. Trying to state that there is no aggression from anywhere else in the world, with what he would know, is a straight out lie.
I’m not as well informed as someone like Hague and yet I know that Syria and Qatar have been supplying weapons to the rebels with Turkey’s assistance across the Syria/Turkey border. This morning on one of our radio stations I listened to a reporter embedded with a rebel group made up of returning Syrians and other Arab fighters crossing the border from Turkey into Syria via hill country. It’s no secret there are foreign fighters in Syria working against the regime.
The desire right from the start that the West has expressed for Assad to step down could also be a signal of foreign aggression. Alongside that, the reports of Israel, the US and Jordan discussing military intervention have not been secret. I would imagine that it is public reports of the latter that have sparked the comments from Syria. The regime will be entirely interested in holding off foreign aggression while trying to secure itself internally. If they need to threaten such things to maintain that security, it’s an understandable ploy.
With all that in mind, his comments make Hague look like a peacock ruffling his tail feathers.
All that said, any of use of chemical weapons by anyone against anyone else is and would be abhorrent - as is the use of many weapons currently used in warfare.