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Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Carried Out by Rebels, Says UN (UPDATE)

As the Syrian revolt continues to tear the country apart, the international community has been eager to condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even as it became clear that the rebels do not, in fact, represent a popular uprising against the oppression of the Assad regime.

According to UN diplomat Carla del Ponte, it appears that the recent April chemical weapons attack was carried out by the Syrian rebels and not the regime, as it had been widely assumed.

Graham Noble published in the Guardian Express this August 27, 2013 (with slight clarifications)

Speaking to a Swiss television channel, del Ponte said that there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels had carried out the attack. She also said UN investigators had seen no evidence of the Syrian army using chemical weapons, but that further investigation was needed.

UN in Syria

A spokesman for the rebels denied responsibility for the most recent attack, which allegedly involved the deployment of sarin nerve gas. He pointed out that the Free Syrian Army does not possess the missiles or shells necessary to deliver the chemical agent.

Sarin gas can be delivered in a number of ways. Additionally, while the rebels claim that the chemical agent was delivered by missiles or artillery, there is no evidence of a missile strike or shelling in any of the many videos that have been uploaded to the internet in the wake of the alleged attack.

After swift initial progress in the over two-year-old conflict, the rebel advance was stalled as Lebanon Resistant group Hezbollah sent fighters to liberate the town of Qusair (in Syria a nd 6 km from Lebanon’s borders) that was a strategic and shortest supply route to the Lebanese town of Arsal and on to reef of Damascus.

Whilst a number of towns have been taken and then retaken by each side, Assad’s forces have gradually gained the upper hand. With his army making gains and the eyes of the world upon him, it seems unlikely that the Syrian President would risk carrying out a chemical attack – particularly against an urban area.

The Syrian government has flatly denied responsibility for this latest alleged chemical weapons attack and, although not widely reported in the western media, there is broad suspicion that it was carried out by the rebels.

Ultimately, it may prove impossible for UN inspectors to determine who was responsible for the incident. Further, their investigation may be curtailed by the seemingly imminent military action – possibly in the form of cruise missile strikes – by the United States and the United Kingdom.

US President Obama has sent out mixed messages, regarding his intentions towards Syria.  Whilst he has stated that the US would not take military action against Syria without a UN mandate, it appears that preparations for an attack are already well underway, with American and British naval forces massing in the region.

There is widespread speculation that strikes could be carried out within a week, despite strong and repeated warnings from both Russia and Iran, as well as the Syrian regime itself.

One of the most ominous repercussions of US intervention against the Syrian government is the possibility that Iran and it’s surrogate in Lebanon, Hezbollah, will launch strikes against Israel, in retaliation. This, in turn, could lead to a regional war, with Russia and the US lined up on opposing sides.

The United States government has been quick to condemn the Syrian government for the latest chemical weapons attack. Now that much of the evidence suggests it may have been carried out by the al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels (Nusra Front), President Obama should remember that he, along with his supporters and political allies, devoted much time to condemning his predecessor for leading the US into war based on questionable intelligence.

UPDATE: This article was updated to clarify one or two points that some of our readers found misleading:

1.  The chemical attack earlier this year was widely blamed on the Syrian regime. It is this attack that the UN now concludes was carried out by Syrian rebels.

2. It appears unlikely – for a number of reasons – that the most recent August 21st attack was carried out by government forces – despite the rush to judgment within the international community – although this has yet to be fully determined.

3. It is clear that both sides in the Syrian conflict have the means to use chemical weapons and it would be misguided to assume that either side has a moral objection to such attacks.

As Jean Pascal Zanders, formerly of the European Union Institute for Security Studies, has pointed out ”In fact, we – the public – know very little beyond the observation of outward symptoms of asphyxiation and possible exposure to neurotoxicants, despite the mass of images and film footage. For the West’s credibility, I think that governments should await the results of the U.N. investigation.”

A kid “genetically ill”. And written by someone who has no kids…

There is this genetically transmitted disease called Myopathy, a  terminally deadly illness that afflict boys, and transmitted by the mothers.

The kid shows signs of incapacity to control his gripping muscles, holding firmly any object, and does fall down very frequently.

The kids will ultimately be handicapped in a wheelchair and his life expectancy barely exceed 20 of age.

The transmitted disease is acquired through generation of inbred marriages within closed communities, from repeated close relative intermarriages…

That is cause for a lot of blames to be spread around every which way

You blame your God, your community customs and habits,…

You blame ignorance and the failure of medical advances to finding a cure…

You may blame your God for punishing a kid instead of the real guilty and culprit…

You tend to blame your God to attacking a kid so that you are reduced to beg Him for a compassion that  is not of His nature…

A God playing the ultimate in politics game of afflicting your close family members in order to adore Him the harder…

The mother blame her mother and barely feels soothed that the grandmother is apologizing for her responsibilities in the matter…

We should know by now that we were born to die.

There are statistics of life expectancies for each incurable disease, life-style, “race”, genders, age…

There are statistics of life expectancies for every serious disease that is curable too, for every kinds of surgery…

Regardless, if you factor in the many dangers in modern life-style, you may die much earlier than “expected”

If you factor in the increased medical breakthrough whose time has come, you may live a while longer…

Too complicated a life to play the blame game…

If we could learn to display a genuine smile in a state of full joy and contentment… this moment is worth a lifetime of blame spreading to anyone observing you, worth a lifetime away from the long faces…

Do you think people marry in order to consciously increase its own species?

Do you think people marry and beget descendants with the full consciousness of the ultimate truth of death?

I doubt that anything we do or act upon is generated by a conscious awareness of our demise.

All we do and act upon is to please the community, to feel accepted and recognized as a “wise” member who agrees with the community vaster and deeper wise customs…

Pleasing our community is one of the thousand of unconscious orders that we all succumb to, even at very old age…

Note: Written by someone who never married, and who doesn’t have kids. Was it an act of tacit rebellion against obeying community forceful desires?

There are very rare cases where an awesome girl demands the hand of a plain-looking man. I am lucky to have survived that long, so far. Just playing it dumb. though I’m a terrible actor. A dumb face helps in the game.

Exclusive CIA Files : US Helped Saddam Gas Iranians
The US permits itself to gas anyone considered an arch enemy of the time. It used chemical weapons in WWII, Orange gas in Viet Nam on a massive scale, exported Chemical weapons, and aided Saddam of Iraq to gas Iranians and Kurds…
The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus .Foreign Policy has learned that a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen.

The intelligence included imagery and maps about Iranian troop  movements, as well as the locations of Iranian logistics facilities and details about Iranian air defenses.

The Iraqis used mustard gas and sarin prior to 4 major offensives in early 1988 that relied on U.S. satellite imagery, maps, and other intelligence. These attacks helped to tilt the war in Iraq’s favor and bring Iran to the negotiating table, and they ensured that the Reagan administration’s long-standing policy of securing an Iraqi victory would succeed.

The usage of chemical weapons were also the last in a series of chemical strikes stretching back several years that the Reagan administration knew about and didn’t disclose.

SHANE HARRIS AND MATTHEW M. AID published this AUGUST 26, 2013 on FP: “The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history — and still gave him a hand…”

Saddam Hussein

U.S. officials have long denied acquiescing to Iraqi chemical attacks, insisting that Hussein’s government never announced he was going to use the weapons. But retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona, who was a military attaché in Baghdad during the 1988 strikes, paints a different picture.

“The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They didn’t have to. We already knew,” Francona told Foreign Policy.

According to recently declassified CIA documents and interviews with former intelligence officials like Francona, the U.S. had firm evidence of Iraqi chemical attacks beginning in 1983.

At the time, Iran was publicly alleging that illegal chemical attacks were carried out on its forces, and was building a case to present to the United Nations. But it lacked the evidence implicating Iraq, much of which was contained in top secret reports and memoranda sent to the most senior intelligence officials in the U.S. government. The CIA declined to comment for this story.

In contrast to today’s wrenching debate over whether the United States should intervene to stop alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, the United States applied a cold calculus 3 decades ago to Hussein’s widespread use of chemical weapons against his enemies and his own people.

The Reagan administration decided that it was better to let the attacks continue if they might turn the tide of the war. And even if they were discovered, the CIA wagered that international outrage and condemnation would be muted.

In the documents, the CIA said that Iran might not discover persuasive evidence of the weapons’ use — even though the agency possessed it. Also, the agency noted that the Soviet Union had previously used chemical agents in Afghanistan and suffered few repercussions.

It has been previously reported that the United States provided tactical intelligence to Iraq at the same time that officials suspected Hussein would use chemical weapons. But the CIA documents, which sat almost entirely unnoticed in a trove of declassified material at the National Archives in College Park, Md., combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States’ knowledge of how and when Iraq employed the deadly agents.

They show that senior U.S. officials were being regularly informed about the scale of the nerve gas attacks.

They are tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched.

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August 2013

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