So despite repeated denials that this is the case why now have these admissions been made?
I would suggest R2PWMDAQ.
R2PWMDAQ is the Responsibility to Protect WMD from al Qaeda.
In order to declare R2PWMDAQ there has to be a recognition that al Qaeda is there. There is no need to declare how they got there, only a recognition that they are there.
In Libya R2P morphed into R2PAQ (the Responsibility to Protect al Qaeda). BSF had been in Libya for months fomenting a civil war in Libya and guided the Libyan rebs to victory with the aerial power of NATO.
But the Syrian rebs are not as powerful as the Libyan rebs, as we have seen in the last week in Damascus and Aleppo, where the rebs got their arses kicked good and proper.
So now, following the debatable statements of the Syrian Foreign Minister about chemical weapons, the two, chemical weapons and al Qaeda, are being quickly injected into the global mind and mixed together. Add a sprinkle of a radical Islamic state waging war on Israel and you are creating R2PWMDAQ...but without mentioning previous and current relationships between al Qaeda, NATO, USA, UK, etc.
Even Con Coughlin is getting in on the act today, suggesting that the reason to start war on Syria has gone beyond R2P because of the presence of al Qaeda in not just Syria but also neighbouring Iraq. But as usual Coughlin fails to mention that the whole crisis has been manufactured.
Until now the priority of Western policy-makers has been to stop the fighting in Syria on humanitarian grounds. But a conflict that has so far claimed more than 17,000 Syrian lives could easily reach levels not seen since the worst days of Iraq’s sectarian violence – if, as now seems possible, the turbulence spreads beyond Syria’s borders. Rather than treating Syria as a humanitarian crisis, the West should see its troubles as a threat to the stability of the entire region, and act accordingly.[source : The Islamist terror that links Syria and Iraq, The Daily Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9426488/The-Islamist-terror-that-links-Syria-and-Iraq.html, 26/07/2012]
There is no need to invade Syria. Syria can deal with the Syrian al Qaeda rebs on its own...if the likes of the USA, UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar stopped their illegal interfering in Syrian affairs.