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UN Sources Say Syrian Rebels — Not Assad — Used Sarin Gas

A member of the United Nations commission of inquiry announced on a Swiss-Italian television show that they believe the Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons on Assad’s troops.

his article is from the archive of our partner . It was published in 2013.

A member of the United Nations commission of inquiry announced on a Swiss-Italian television show that they believe the Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons on Assad’s troops.

“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions, but not yet incontrovertible proof, of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” said Carla Del Ponte, a member of the commission. “This was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.”

(And yet,  Carla Del Ponte priority is to focus on the Syrian regime as culprit for crimes against humanity)

Well, this complicates matters. It was just ten days ago that the United States shook its fist and officially declared that chemical weapons were being used by the Assad regime against its own people.

This indicated that the Syrian government had crossed the “red line” that Obama determined last year and opened the possibility of greater U.S. involvement.

But if it was the other way around? — The good guys (supported by western colonial powers, mnarchic wahhabi Saudi Kingdom, Turkey…) sprayed sarin gas on the bad guys (the Syrian people)?

That makes assisting the rebels a much more complicated transaction. Chemical weapons are horrible, no doubt about that. And sarin gas is absolutely off limits, according to the Geneva Protocol, and with three reported uses in Syria, it’s not like it was an accident. Also, chemical weapons are horrible.

Before anybody does anything, the U.N. commission’s claims need to be verified. There’s been nothing but misinformation spewing out of Syria, as the conflict turned to an all out civil war, and it’s not unimaginable that the Assad regime has been able to spin some information to their advantage.

Plus how in the world would the rebels even get sarin gas?

It doesn’t grow on trees, and though the government does have a bunch on hand, they’ve been guarding it heavily.

That said, it’s not like it’s the Syrian state news agency that’s making the sarin claim. It’s the United Nations — or at least their sources. They seem like honest, human rights-loving world citizens, right?

While it’ll take a little more sleuthing before we can positively confirm who’s using what weapons, one thing is for sure: Things have gone from bad to worse to really bad in Syria these past few months.

And now that Israel’s started shelling the country, it’ll probably keep getting worse before it gets better.

Note: The same accusations are levied on the Syrian regime concerning the supposedly chemical weapons used in Al Ghouta. The USA and France want to attack Syria before the UN chemical organization finishes its investigation on the ground

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