Claims that the Syrian Arab Army has used chemical weapons on a gross scale near Damascus the day after UN officials arrived to investigate previous claims, should break our belief in the stories of the Syrian Opposition and its network of supporters. But far from it – not only are these claims repeated by Western mainstream media, they are validated by the responses of our leaders who cite them as the determining proof of Assad’s vileness and crossing of Obama’s red line.
So certain are these leaders of the truth of the claims – more certain than even the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – that one can only conclude that their desire to assist the rebellion now extends to full media support. Having so recently demonstrated what they think of ‘alternative’ views, as in “You’ve had your fun – now you don’t need to say anymore”, while laying into the offending data with an angle grinder in the Guardian’s basement…
WILLIAM HAGUE: ” I hope this will wake up some who have supported the Assad regime to realise its murderous and barbaric nature, a government that cares so little for the lives of the people of its own country.”
Adding to the feeling that the staging of this ‘attack’, which any impartial observer can easily dismiss as either fabricated or false flag – is actually a planned and staged action coordinated with cooperative Western governments, it appears that some leaders are now going to hold it up as the red line for the intervention they have so long sought. Australia’s PM Kevin Rudd, who has been largely silent on events in Syria, has today called this an atrocity which demands action, and has written to the UNSC. Till now, Australia has stated that it is against any military intervention, and in favour of the process of dialogue. But as long as it maintains the position of support for the unelected and unrepresentative Opposition Syrian National Council it is clearly committed to finding ways to remove the Assad government. Using these mercenaries and jihadist as proxies, by any means to this end, is the goal all these “Friends of Syria” share.
For a reasonable report on this incident, ICH has collected information from various sources:
“Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed in an apparent gas attack on rebel-held parts of eastern Damascus that is thought to be the most significant use of chemical weapons since thousands of Kurds were gassed by Saddam Hussein in Halabja 25 years ago.
Medics, as well as opposition fighters and political leaders, said the death toll had reached 1,400 and was likely to rise further with hundreds more critically wounded in districts besieged by the Syrian military. Other estimates put the current death toll at between 200 and 500. None of the figures could be independently verified.