Sunday, September 11, 2016

Staged Chemical Attacks in Syria? has a story on doubts in some circles about accusations of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. A relief to me since some years ago when western media were playing up those same accusations, I seemed the lone voice in the wilderness saying it was unlikely as Syria's president Assad would have nothing to gain by doing so. Funny thing is, I was beginning to think there might be some truth to these recent allegations, until now.

Pretty much what I wrote back then from the article:

"Why the Syrian government, which was under intense international pressure regarding alleged chemical weapons use and was in the process of surrendering its stockpile of such weapons, would have jerry-rigged a handful of homemade bombs and dropped them for no discernible military effect makes little sense."

What I wrote back then: "It would make no sense for Assad to use chemical weapons knowing the west is biting at the bit for an excuse to attack him. He'd have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Not so the rebels, who would have everything to gain and nothing to lose by staging a chemical attack.

More from the article: " Yet, the evidence from at least one of the incidents examined by the U.N. team suggests that an attack on Al-Tamanah on the night of April 29-30, 2014, might well have been staged by rebels and then played up by activists through social media."

More good stuff in the article I linked to.


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