Still no evidence of Assad’s guilt in the chemical attack has been produced by the Coalition of the Eager.
The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no “slam dunk,” with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say.
No direct link to President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle has been publicly demonstrated, and some U.S. sources say intelligence experts are not sure whether the Syrian leader knew of the attack before it was launched or was only informed about it afterward.
John Kerry has thus far relied on the broken logic that a) a chemical attack occurred, b) the Assad regime has weapons like this, therefore the Assad regime is guilty.
“We know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons,” Kerry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have a much better grasp of basic logic than Sec. Kerry:
“While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense,” Putin told the Russian press, adding that the claim is mere “provocation” by the U.S., who should submit evidence of a chemical weapons attack to the United Nations.
Speaking to his human rights council Wednesday, Putin said, “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans), and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad.”
Vladimir Putin, calling for caution in a world-historical op ed in the New York Times, raises the issue of opposition culpability again:
No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.
Predictably, the White House responded with sour grapes:
“It is also worth noting,” Carney said, “that Russia is isolated and alone in blaming the opposition for the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21.”
Witnesses on the ground accuse the Saudis of being complicit:
“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families… many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” writes (AP journalist Dale) Gavlak.
There is a growing body of evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its supporters — providing a strong circumstantial case that the August 21 chemical incident was a pre-planned provocation by the Syrian opposition and its Saudi and Turkish supporters. The aim is reported to have been to create the kind of incident that would bring the United States into the war.
German intelligence sources suggest that last month’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus was not ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Bild am Sonntag has reported.
The Russian Foreign Ministry finds no evidence of Syrian army involvement, while the rebels are more likely to be responsible:
Probes from Khan al-Assal show chemicals used in the March 19 attack did not belong to standard Syrian army ammunition, and that the shell carrying the substance was similar to those made by a rebel fighter group, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated. A statement released by the ministry on Wednesday particularly drew attention to the “massive stove-piping of various information aimed at placing the responsibility for the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria on Damascus, even though the results of the UN investigation have not yet been revealed.” By such means “the way is being paved for military action” against Damascus, the ministry pointed out. But the samples taken at the site of the March 19 attack and analyzed by Russian experts indicate that a projectile carrying the deadly nerve agent sarin was most likely fired at Khan al-Assal by the rebels, the ministry statement suggests, outlining the 100-page report handed over to the UN by Russia.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that:
its sources in Syria said that a homemade rocket carrying unidentified chemical substances had been launched from an area controlled by the opposition.
“All this cannot but suggest that once again we are dealing with a pre-planned provocation,” Lukashevich said in a statement.
The key points of the (Russian) report have been given as follows:
• the shell used in the incident “does not belong to the standard ammunition of the Syrian army and was crudely according to type and parameters of the rocket-propelled unguided missiles manufactured in the north of Syria by the so-called Bashair al-Nasr brigade”;
• RDX, which is also known as hexogen or cyclonite, was used as the bursting charge for the shell, and it is “not used in standard chemical munitions”;
• soil and shell samples contain “the non-industrially synthesized nerve agent sarin and diisopropylfluorophosphate,” which was “used by Western states for producing chemical weapons during World War II.”
Cui bono? False Flag Frame-up
Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs writes:
There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.
UN’s Carla del Ponte, as reported by the Washington Times:
Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.
Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.
Michael Rivero of whatreallyhappened.com echoes Putin’s logic:
Assad had been requesting, for months, for a special United Nations Chemical Weapons investigation team to come to Syria to check out earlier allegations that his government had used chemical weapons. The United Nations finally agreed. So why would Assad be so stupid as to carry out a chemical weapons attack on women and children the very day the UN chemical weapons inspectors arrive, just miles from where they are staying? and the answer is, Assad would not be that stupid. This chemical attack was carried out by the hired mercenaries to frame on Assad, and women and children were targeted to maximize the shock value for propaganda purposes.
Lt. Colonel Bill Connor: “If Assad did this, he’d be the stupidest military leader on the face of the Earth”
Ron Paul also points to the rebels and al-Qaeda as the most likely beneficiaries:
“We are not really positive who set off the gas,” Paul, a long-time Republican representative from Texas, said during a Fox News interview filmed Wednesday.
“The group that is most likely to benefit from that is al-Qaeda. They ignite some gas, some people die and blame it on Assad,” he noted.
Rush Limbaugh (of all people!) suspects a false flag attack.
“If true, this is the setup of all time,” he says.
Pat Buchanan says it “reeks of false flag operation.”
Rand Paul chimes in with the obvious question: “Cui bono?”
Julian Assange (in an interview with Ron Paul) says, “humanitarian outrage needed” in Syria, “rebels may have done it.”
Assange, regarding leaked Stratfor emails from December 2011:
“Stratfor is a U.S. intelligence contractor based in Texas and we got hold of five million of their e-mails. They do consulting work for many different government organizations and private organizations. And one of those e-mails from late 2011, December 2011, is a report back from one of their agents meeting with the U.S. Air Force, members of the French military and British military, speaking about what the hopes and game plan was under various circumstances, essentially by the West, by the U.S. and NATO, if you like. And that they really felt that what they needed was for there to be some humanitarian outrage in Syria and that once they had that, that would legitimize going in with a big airstrike,” said Assange.
Former chief of staff to Colin Powell, Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, told the Young Turks the early “indications” of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime could point to “an Israeli false flag operation”.
Dr. Webster G. Tarpley: “The proof (of Assad’s guilt) comes from the Israelis.”
The so-called intercepts of the Syrian military cable traffic is things made up by the Mossad and the IDF.
Dr. Tarpley also points out the rush to judgment and lack of need for further UN inspections:
Secretary Kerry was on the phone with Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations trying to abolish and terminate the mission of the inspectors in Syria and Ban Ki-moon has rebuffed him…
Also from Dr. Tarpley:
Sister Agnes Mariam of Syria Analyzes Goutha Videos Touted by Obama White House, Finds Overwhelming Evidence of Fabrication and Fakery
Russia: Syrian Rebels Responsible: http://www.classwarfareexists.com/russia-syrian-rebels-responsible-for-chemical-weapons-attack/
Russia is convinced that the chemical incident was a provocation by rebel forces, which staged a false flag attack to drag the US into the conflict and capitalize on the damage that the Syrian army is likely to sustain in the American intervention.
Jamelle Bouie of The Daily Beast argues that false flag allegations are “conspiracy theories” because “some people are paranoid about the situation in Syria.” He admits, however, that there is no “hard confirmation” that Assad was behind the attack.
Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible? http://www.globalresearch.ca/which-syrian-chemical-attack-account-is-more-credible/5348608
Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon, defending the official Nazi version of history, ridicules the very notion of “false flag,” suggesting that the Reichstag Fire false flag is a conspiracy theory.
The Reichstag Fire is the archetypical example. In that case –according to the conspiracist lore — Nazi agents set fire to the building, blamed it on the communists, and then seized power.
There has never been any doubt that Hitler cynically used the Reichstag fire as a pretext for assuming dictatorial power, rounding up his Social Democrat, Communist and trade union enemies, and setting Germany on the road towards militarisation. Historians, however, have long argued over whether the Nazis themselves set fire to the building, using van der Lubbe as the patsy, or whether they opportunistically made use of the act of a desperate loner.
Was it, in other words, a government-sponsored false-flag operation? Since 2001 the answer has been, almost certainly, yes.
So where’s the evidence of Assad’s guilt? Coming soon on DVD!
Yahoo reported that France had evidence that the Assad regime was behind the chemical attack:
France was set Monday to provide what it says is clear evidence that the Syrian regime was behind a devastating chemical attack
Unfortunately, the “evidence proving the regime’s involvement in the attack would be provided to top lawmakers at a meeting with Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault,” and not to the public!
“We are going to give parliamentarians everything that we have — classified until now — so that each of them can take into account the reality of this unacceptable attack,” Ayrault said.
What kind of evidence? “Evidence of different kinds,” according to a government source.
Government sources said Sunday that French intelligence had compiled information showing the Syrian regime had stockpiled more than 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents, including sarin gas, mustard gas and more powerful neurotoxic agents.
Once again, we have evidence that the Assad regime has chemical agents, but still no evidence that they were responsible for the attack! This appears to be a restatement of John Kerry’s argument that chemical weapons were used, Assad has them, therefore he is responsible.
Peter Sterry of 21st Century Wire writes:
Paris announced that it would soon declassify its top-secret documents on Assad’s alleged chemical weapons in Syria, which is said to include “several hundred tons of mustard gas” and “sarin”, a total exceeding 1,000 tons of chemical agents. For those of you who are not strong in maths, that’s 1,000 tons more chemical weapons than Saddam Hussein had in Iraq.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has a DVD with evidence of a chemical attack, but still no proof of Assad’s guilt.
According to Feinstein, the DVD will show images of victims of the attacks and provide context about why it is believed chemical weapons were used. She said recipients of the DVD would be able to go through the images “at their leisure.”
The White House has evidence based on a “common-sense test.”
The White House asserted Sunday that a “common-sense test” rather than “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.
So, they don’t have “beyond-a-reasonable-doubt” evidence, they claim instead to have “common sense.” I would be very skeptical of that claim!
I would also subject the “demands” for a military response to a common-sense test.
“We’ve seen the video proof of the outcome of those attacks,” White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough told CNN, speaking of multiple clips which show victims of the suspected sarin attack in a Damascus suburb on August 21.
They’ve seen the video proof of the outcome of the attacks, though they all but admit now that there is no evidence of Assad’s responsibility.
“All of that leads to a quite strong common-sense test irrespective of the intelligence that suggests that the regime carried this out. Now do we have a picture or do we have irrefutable beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence? This is not a court of law and intelligence does not work that way,” he said.
In an interview with NBC, the chief of staff stressed that “nobody is rebutting the intelligence; nobody doubts the intelligence.”
Clearly, a lot of people do doubt it.
Human Rights Watch:
Available evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces were responsible for chemical weapons attacks on two Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013.
Evidence which “strongly suggests” is not good enough for another war.
From Washington’s Blog: Congress Members Who Have Seen Classified Evidence About Syria Say It Fails to Prove Anything
Congressmen & Women Justin Amash, Tom Harkin, Michael Burgess, Carol Shea-Porter, Alan Grayson and Senator Joe Manchin all remain skeptical.
Congressman Justin Amash said:
If Americans could read classified docs, they’d be even more against Syria action. Obama admn’s public statements are misleading at best.
How Intelligence Was Twisted to Support an Attack on Syria: http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-intelligence-was-twisted-to-support-an-attack-on-syria/5348542
The Rebels also have chemical weapons
What about evidence that the rebels also have chemical agents? Syrian soldiers have reported rebel-owned chemical agents (from Reuters, August 24, 2013):
Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar on Saturday and some of the troops were suffocating.
The United Nations…
has had evidence that the Syrian rebels have been using sarin gas against Syrian government forces since May…
U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin…
The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons
Both the Syrian rebels and government forces are guilty of multiple war crimes, including mass killings and torture, a UN report alleges. Investigators say perpetrators have committed crimes against humanity without any fear of accountability.
Updated – Detailed Video Analysis on GRTV:
Now, new evidence is emerging that the attacks were used and manipulated by the terrorists in order to provoke the US and its allies into armed intervention in Syria. This evidence suggests that the videos used by the US and its allies to conclude what happened in Ghouta were in fact carefully stage managed to portray a narrative that would pin the blame for the attacks on Assad.
The first indications of this plot emerged early on, when expert analysis of the videos suggested inconsistencies in the footage itself.
That analysis was later expanded on by a report from ISTEAMS, a Syria-based human rights group working in conjunction with the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights. In this thorough report, published on GlobalResearch.ca on September 16th, numerous discrepancies and inconsistencies in the footage are documented.
And even Syrian rebels themselves have admitted to using chemical weapons:
A court indictment by the Turkish prosecutors into the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian rebels has once again highlighted fears this week that sarin toxic gas was used by the opposition and not the Assad government.
The indictment alleges that Qassap tried to setup a network in Turkey in order to obtain chemical materials for the al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. Citing telephone calls made by the cell, the prosecution believes that the group ordered at least ten tons of chemicals, Al-Alam News Network reports.
The international community has long been ignoring worrying reports that the rebel fighters in Syria might be capable of carrying out a chemical attack.
The Mail Online published an article entitled “US Backed Plan to Launch Chemical Weapon Attack on Syria and Blame it on Assad Government” but the article was pulled from its website within 24 hours. See link below for a screenshot:
There is reason to believe that these emails may have been faked. See video below:
It has been admitted that the US government has been providing weapons to the rebels.
The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama’s statement in June that he would provide lethal aid to the rebels.
The CIA also has arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry such as rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials said Thursday.
Updated from September 17: The Obama administration waived provisions of a federal law which ban the supply of weapons and money to terrorists.
A Yahoo article from January 30, 2013 speaks of leaked documents indicating the Obama administration’s intent to help stage a false flag:
The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown.
“Very remarkable. Very suggestive.”
“What do you see in it, Mr. Holmes?”
“A confirmation of what I had already thought.”
from The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1924
Are you working for a news agency or for the CIA?
JOHN DANISZEWSKI: President Putin, I would like to get on to the subject of US-Russian relations but before I do, can I ask one more question about Syria. Supposing President Obama gets the support of Congress for some military actions and other countries go along, what would Russia do? Will you fight for Syria or you would be rifting relations with Syria? What’s your reaction going to be?
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Are you working for a news agency or for the CIA? You are asking questions that are usually posed by colleagues from other agencies. Russia has certain plans if the situation develops according to the first, second or third scenario. We have our ideas about what we will do and how we will do it if weapons are used or not used. We have our plans, but it is too early to talk about them.
From: Interview to Channel One and Associated Press news agency: http://eng.kremlin.ru/transcripts/5935
- Russia Says Syria Chemical Weapons Made By Rebels (usapartisan.com)
- Russia Releases Key Findings On Syria Chemical Attack: Says Weapons Were Made By Syrian Rebels (patdollard.com)
- Breaking News: CIA’s Rebels Used Chemical Weapons (lewrockwell.com)
- What’s happening in Syria? (ichangeplus.wordpress.com)
- Obama critics still ask for ‘smoking gun’ in Syria (wnd.com)
- A look at Syria developments around the world (sacbee.com)
- Breaking: Russia Says Syria Chemical Weapons Made By Rebels (storyleak.com)
- Chill: Putin Says Kerry’s Lying; Hagel Says Russia Supplied Syria’s Chemical Weapons (cnsnews.com)
- Putin, Obama fail to agree over Syria (bigpondnews.com)
- Putin: Syria chemical attack is ‘rebels’ provocation in hope of intervention’ (grumpyelder.com)