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United Nations Official, British MP Called 'BS' On US Accusations Against Syria in May

Member of U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry Acknowledged Evidence Showing US Backed Rebels Behind Syria Gas Attack in May

by Daniel Johnson

Photo courtesy of Press TV: www.presstv.ir
Photo courtesy of Press TV: www.presstv.ir

With the recent chemical attack in Syria being used to 'trigger' a US led invasion which has already been built up and prepared in advance, a story from earlier this year should be brought to mind, yet media have largely ignored it. 

Syrian rebels were the main suspects in gas attacks in March of 2013, after tests by UN envoys showed that the Sarin gas bombs used in the attack were home-made, with no chemical stabilizers or other additives which would usually be found in industrially manufactured Sarin warheads.   yet there was very little international response other than a team of UN inspectors whose findings were largely ignored by the international community.

Carla del Pontea member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry On Syria, who is also a former Swiss prosecutor and attorney general and part of the prosecution team for the U.N. war crimes tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In an interview with Swiss TV she told viewers that "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals. 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."

British Respect Party  Member of Parliament George Galloway, who has been following reports about Syria since the beginning of the conflict, also said in a recent interview  "Here's my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons". 

Shortly after that, a CNN interview  'Free Syria Army' spokesperson Louay Almokdad claimed that it would have been impossible for the rebels to have done it, because allegedly, they don't have the 'mechanisms to launch these kinds of weapons', and also claiming that they wouldn't use chemical weapons because they are  "forbidden legally and internationally."

There was no international response to the gas attacks then, when the evidence pointed clearly at the rebels, and investigations continue without any threat of force against the rebels by the US and it's allies. 

Investigations have hardly begun in this current attack, but the statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry claims that there is  “Undeniable evidence of chemical weapons use by government forces on a rebel stronghold near Damascus" on Aug. 21. There is evidence of an attack, but who did it is far from clear.

The Syrian Government responded to that statement shortly after, saying that the evidence was fabricated and that there had already been attacks with chemical weapons by rebels.  

Some refute the claim that the rebels don't have the 'mechanisms' to use the weapons, since they have been provided with equipment and training from the world's most advanced militaries. 

In the BBC article, 'Who is supplying weapons to the warring sides in Syria?', it's shown that Syria's 'rebels', who are largely from outside Syria, are being supplied with weapons from the US and Israel, transported through the Middle East to Syria by US client states including Quatar, Saudi Arabia, a now 'US friendly' Libya and Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. 

Chris Ernesto points out in his Huffington Post article "Does the ;Red Line; Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?", 

"In recent months, fractured Syrian opposition offered little resistance to Assad's forces. Strategically, there would be no upside to Assad using nerve gas at a time when conventional weapons were sufficient in putting down the opposition."

He also points out that UN inspectors were investigating allegations of chemical weapons being used earlier near Damascus, so it's  "highly unlikely and completely illogical that Assad would have launched a chemical attack on that day in particular."

The ongoing US buildup, and an analysis of similar situations in the past, indicates that the US and it's allies already intended on invading Syria well in advance of this recent incident, and will do so regardless of what the evidence points to, most likely because of Syria's vast resources and Assad's unwillingess to give them to multinational resource companies on the terms that they've demanded during trade negotiations. 

 

Sources:

Photo courtesy of Press TV: www.presstv.ir

http://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas/

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/jihadists-not-assad-apparently-behind-reported-chemical-attack-in-syria.premium-1.511680

 http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/27/syria-secretary-state-john-kerry-youre-lying/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-ernesto/syria-red-line_b_3814761.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22424188

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/23/320111/chemical/

 http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/#ixzz2dDNCedWO

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22906965
 


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