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The coverage of the Spurious Claims of Chemical Attack by Syrian Army

category international | anti-war / imperialism | feature author Tuesday August 27, 2013 08:58author by skeptical Report this post to the editors

The rebel terrorists have most to gain

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forJohn Kerry’s “Colin Powell moment”

Today the mainstream media are claiming that there has been a chemical attack by the Syrian government near Damascus even whilst an UN inspection team arrives. The reports have been conflicting with the initial reports claiming 280 victims and then later up-ing it to over 1,300 killed.

However, the claims are predominantly coming from the so called Free Syrian Army who are backed and funded by some of the despotic Gulf States, as well as Saudi Arabia and by the Western powers principally France, USA and UK. This same group is made up mercenaries of all kinds including members of Al Qaeda who want to turn the country backwards and bring in Sharia Law and just back in May 2013 the UN accused the Syrian rebels of using chemical weapons.

What is most telling though is that it makes absolutely no sense for the Syrian government to do this. In recent months they have retaken areas held by rebels and seem to have repelled several attack campaigns in the past two year. And France in particular as well as the other powers have been consistently in the last year being trying to throw the mud of chemical weapons and then chemical weapon attacks in a clear effort to force public opinion to back no-fly zones and from there total demolition of the country and invasion followed later by a pliant regime. The end game is to clear the way for an attack on Iran which the crazies have been pushing hard for many years.

Going back to the May accusations against the rebels by the UN, their human rights investigator Carla del Ponte said at the time:

"According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas ...We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm (the findings) through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas.."

Now step forward to today. It is clear the rebels themselves have sarin gas. The questions to ask now are:

1) Was there really an attack.
2) Who are the photographs of and are they from some other time period.
3) How many victims are there?
4) Did the chemical attack really take place where they said it did?
5) And who used the chemical weapons? -The Syria army or the so-called rebels who the word 'rebel' is not fitting because they have been shown to be a bunch of terrorists intent on killing and maiming hundreds of people which they have done many times?
6) And most importantly -who gains most from this ?

Meanwhile on carried the story and to their credit try to be balanced. However their RT Arabic correspondent managed to contact some locals who say they haven't witnessed any “poisonous attack” in the area. However, they point out that gunfire can be heard.

The Syrian government itself and naturally not surprisingly says: no truth whatsoever to the reports and their Dr. Abdulqader Azouz told RT’s Arabic channel Rossiya al-Yaum the Syrian army was “winning the battle against the rebels” and there was no need for chemical weapons.

“America has always put the pretext of using chemical weapons on the top of its agenda as a means of intervention in Syria,” Azouz told Rossiya al-Yaum. He went on to stress that the Syrian government has pledged “its commitment to full cooperation with the investigation committee and other specialized committees.”

Even more interesting is this as reported by RT.

The UN expert and the head of the current mission to Damascus, Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom, told news agency TT that while he had only seen TV footage, the high number of casualties reported sounded suspicious.

But what is clear is that the use of chemical weapons is deplorable by whoever uses them but what is happening here in this high stakes geo-strategic game of politics is that the players are not interested in peoples lives and will gladly use and manipulate the natural outrage of the public to things like this to further their murderous war campaign agenda.

The RT article goes on to say that back in July, Russia submitted to the UN its analysis of samples taken west of Aleppo. Russia’s findings indicated that it was rebels behind the Khan al-Assal incident, in which more than 30 people died.

The US contradicted the Russian findings, stressing they had their own data which proved that the government forces were behind the attack. However, Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN commission’s inquiry into rights violations in Syria, said the evidence provided by the US did not meet required standards.

The RT article can be found at:

Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making

By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The war criminals in Washington and other Western capitals are determined to maintain their lie that the Syrian government used chemical weapons. Having failed in efforts to intimidate the UN chemical inspectors in Syria, Washington has demanded that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon withdraw the chemical weapons inspectors before they can assess the evidence and make their report....

The US and UK governments have revealed none of the “conclusive evidence” they claim to have that the Syrian government used chemical weapons. Listening to their voices, observing their body language, and looking into their eyes, it is completely obvious that John Kerry and his British and German puppets are lying through their teeth. This is a far more shameful situation than the massive lies that former Secretary of State Colin Powell told the UN about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Colin Powell claims that he was deceived by the White House and did not know that he was lying. Kerry and the British, French, and German puppets know full well that they are lying.

The face that the West presents to the world is the brazen face of a liar.

....Indeed, one reason for the rush to war is to prevent the UN inspection that Washington knows would disprove its claim and possibly implicate Washington in the false flag attack by the “rebels,” who assembled a large number of children into one area to be chemically murdered with the blame pinned by Washington on the Syrian government.


But there is more compelling evidence that the rebels already used the sarin nerve gas earlier in this year and if they used it then, then that makes a very strong case about they being the perpetrators today.

Reuters reported in their article, “U.N. has testimony that Syrian rebels used sarin gas: investigator,” that:,0,2453519.story

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, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

“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,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television.

And this is expanded on in the article:

Israeli also used white phosphorous in 2009 during “Operation Cast Lead”

Israeli used white phosphorous in 2009 during “Operation Cast Lead” (and perhaps subsequently). Israel ratified Protocol III of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (“Protocol III”) – which outlaws the use of incendiary devices in war – in 2007. So this was a war crime. Moreover, the 1925 Geneva Protocol (which is different from Protocol III) prohibits “the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases”. The use of White phosphorus (“WP”) may also be a war crime under other international treaties and domestic U.S. laws. For example, the Battle Book, published by the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, contains the following sentence: “It is against the law of land warfare to employ WP against personnel targets.”


 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Chemical attack: 'rough work' of Syrian opposition     T    Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:31 
   Growing calls for attack on Syria follow chemical weapons claims     Turing    Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:54 
   I think Cameron and Obama are behind it     Felix Quigley    Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:23 
   You get to decide?     Mike Novack    Sat Aug 24, 2013 14:03 
   hold fast the opposites !     Joe Mc    Sat Aug 24, 2013 14:04 
   press TV report :chemical find in "rebel" tunnels     Jow Mc    Sat Aug 24, 2013 15:24 
   RT on chemical find     JoeMc    Sat Aug 24, 2013 18:51 
   Joe     Turing    Sun Aug 25, 2013 00:28 
   Despite alliance with Iran Assad opposes the Muslim Brotherhood     Felix Quigley    Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:05 
 10   Mike Novack Stupid Question     Felix Quigley    Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:15 
 11   NOT addressing my point     Mike Novack    Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:49 
 12   UN inspectors     JoeMc    Sun Aug 25, 2013 17:02 
 13   Turing     JoeMc    Sun Aug 25, 2013 17:17 
 14   My position is that I oppose NATO down the line     Felix Quigley    Mon Aug 26, 2013 09:45 
 15   The AP says "extremists" but they are believers     Felix Quigley    Mon Aug 26, 2013 09:53 
 16   Why would jews or any progressives support such barbarism as is NATO plans to attack Syria     Felix Quigley    Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:07 
 17   Irish Anti War Movement : silent for the past week     JoeMc    Tue Aug 27, 2013 02:46 
 18   Things seem to be really heating up?     W. Finnerty    Tue Aug 27, 2013 09:49 
 19   NATO brute force and power, backed by UN, is what is happening     Felix Quigley    Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:21 
 20   Put in a slightly different way ...     W. Finnerty    Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:43 
 21   US had no problem with chemical weapons during Iran-Iraq war...     T    Tue Aug 27, 2013 21:21 
 22   Interview of French activists -discussing massacres by rebels and claims evidence of chemical weapon attack was by rebels     T    Tue Aug 27, 2013 23:26 
 23   CIA helped Saddam Gas Iran in 1988     fred    Wed Aug 28, 2013 07:04 
 24   The UN Charter     W. Finnerty    Wed Aug 28, 2013 09:19 
 25   NATO power is the planned New World Order which is also Brutal Dictatorship     Felix Quigley    Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:11 
 26   NATO today is Nazism. Obama and Hague are Nazis. So the Irish elites.     Felix Quigley    Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:29 
 27   Tory MP Andrew Bridgen attack possibly " an accident" :     JoeMc    Thu Aug 29, 2013 18:59 
 28   Irish Mercenaries Training Syrian Death Squads     Turas    Thu Aug 29, 2013 23:58 
 29   "Thank you for telling the truth about Syria, Gearoid O'Colmain"     W. Finnerty    Fri Aug 30, 2013 09:35 
 30   gas attack a combined Turkish/Qatar/rebel false flag operation     Felix Quigley    Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:05 
 31   US, UK should show Syria chemical weapons intel to Russia - ex-British Navy chief     T    Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:38 
 32   "US ready to decide on military action in Syria 'on our own' - White House"     W. Finnerty    Fri Aug 30, 2013 18:44 
 33   Obama is through and through Muslim is SWP Ireland     Felix Quigley    Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:21 
 34   "Obama seeks Congress approval for Syria strike"     W. Finnerty    Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:56 
 35   why get so het up?     Pat    Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:08 
 36   “The United States does not have the authority, it’s not the cop of the world ..."     W. Finnerty    Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:15 
 37   Here's my plan (by Gerald Celente) ...     W. Finnerty    Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:30 
 38   USA gently cautioned at Petersburg G20 Conference about taking the law into its own hands ...     W. Finnerty    Sat Sep 07, 2013 09:26 
 39   William     Joe Mc    Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:20 
 40   "If you have never seen Gen. Wesley Clark’s stark admission, it is time you did."     W. Finnerty    Sun Sep 08, 2013 16:50 
 41   "US Senate delays Syria strike vote over Russian 'chemical handover' proposal"     W. Finnerty    Tue Sep 10, 2013 09:41 
 42   Indirectly: "Syria Can Shoot Back, Mr. President" ...     W. Finnerty    Tue Sep 10, 2013 14:20 
 43   "Why the US, UK, EU & Israel hate Syria"     W. Finnerty    Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:01 
 44   Obama’s Rogue State     Crazy Cat    Wed Sep 11, 2013 13:13 
 45   Claims that Russia downed 2 US missiles     Joe Mc    Sun Sep 15, 2013 09:34 
 46   are just claims. Don't believe everything you read     FFS    Mon Sep 16, 2013 13:25 
 47   Believe what you read, not here     Another FFS    Mon Sep 16, 2013 22:39 
 48   Sister Agnes Mariam of Syria Analyzes Goutha Videos Touted by Obama WhiteHouse, Finds Overwhelming Evidence of Fabrication & Fakery; Were Victims Alawites Children Kidnapped from Latakia in Early August Then Used as Grisly Props for War Provocation?     T    Tue Sep 17, 2013 00:15 
 49   spurious claim shot down     JoeMc    Tue Sep 17, 2013 09:09 
 50   IAWM     JoeMc    Tue Sep 17, 2013 14:25 
 51   Sarin Gas shipped in from Turkey. Pentagon officials bragged about planning and executing Sarin Gas Attack     T    Tue Sep 17, 2013 22:24 
 52   Warmongers still itching for war in the worst of a way ...     W. Finnerty    Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:15 
 53   Seymour Hersh article     JoeMc    Tue Dec 10, 2013 14:51 

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