#SYRIA | Documentary The planned attack about the…

#SYRIA | Documentary (The planned attack) about the chemical massacre in the two Ghoutas

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UN: Assad sarin used in attacks | The Left's response? @clayclai

Flying under the headlines this week, while all eyes are focused on the clouds gathering over Ukraine, the United Nations published the 7th report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. This report was published on 5 March 2014 although it is dated 12 February 2014. This report goes further than the UN has ever gone before in placing the blame for the use of poison gas in Syria squarely on the Assad Regime. Specifically, on page 19, it says:

128. In Al-Ghouta, significant quantities of sarin were used in a well-planned indiscriminate attack targeting civilian-inhabited areas, causing mass casualties. The evidence available concerning the nature, quality and quantity of the agents used on 21 August indicated that the perpetrators likely had access to the chemical weapons stockpile of the Syrian military, as well as the expertise and equipment necessary to manipulate safely large amount of chemical agents. Concerning the incident in Khan Al-Assal on 19 March, the chemical agents used in that attack bore the same unique hallmarks as those used in Al-Ghouta.

And while they do later add an obligatory “In no incident was the commission’s evidentiary threshold met with regard to the perpetrator,” that shouldn’t stop ordinary people from drawing logical conclusions from the evidence presented.

Its been the Assad Regime all along. It was the Assad Regime that has had Al-Ghouta under siege for well over a year now, and still they remain unconquered! It was the Assad Regime that bombed and shelled the people of Al-Ghouta for months before the chemical attack. It was the Assad Regime that started shelling again within hours of the chemical attack and continues even till today, it is the Assad Regime that is refusing to allow food into the besieged sections of Al-Ghouta in an attempt to starve the residents into submission, and there should be no doubt that it was the Assad Regime that killed over a thousand Syrians with sarin gas in Al-Ghouta on 21 August 2014.

Bashar al-Assad committed mass murder with banned chemical weapons that had not been used on such a massive scale in decades and he has essentially gotten away with it. By all laws of social justice, this man should be in prison or dead, and yet he is still negotiating for a future role in governing Syria and still killing big time. He is even stalling on his promise to give up chemical weapons. He keeps missing deadlines and has so far given up less than 10% of his chemical agents. Given that about a dozen sarin attacks of various sizes have been documented in Syria over a period of more than eight months, and the evidence in all of these cases points to the government as the perpetrator (in one case the sarin was dropped from a helicopter), there can be little doubt that Bashar al-Assad did not personally approve of its use. And there is something else that now must be taken on board in light of the recent Russian invasion on the Ukraine, It is very likely that Putin also knew of, and approved of, the use of sarin in Syria. If you want to know what Putin is capable of, just look at what Assad has done.

I find the response of the Left to Assad’s use of sarin to be absolutely shameful. Consider that poison gas may be the perfect capitalist weapon because it kills people without destroying property. Consider that the people of the world had waged a largely successful struggle to see it banned after the first world war, and now it is reintroduced as a weapon of indiscriminate mass murder in the suppression of a popular rebellion against a brutal dictator, and the Left does nothing?

I have not heard of one action organize by the Left to protest the gassing of civilians in Syria, so I don’t think there have been very many. What I have heard from the Left, when it was not silent on the sarin question, has been a fantastic defense of Assad in which they present one crack-pot theory after another about how the rebels gassed their own people, just as many of these same “leftists” are now asking us to believe it was snipers from the protest movement that were shooting protesters in Ukraine.

The evidence of the Assad Regime’s culpability for the use of chemical weapons was overwhelming even before this most recent UN report. I’ve certainly written much on it:  

The source: http://claysbeach.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/un-assad-sarin-used-in-attacks-lefts.html

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Chemical Weapons Deal Helped Butcher Assad

America’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had some sobering words on the current state of play in Syria yesterday, as Haaretz reports:

“The prospects are right now that (Assad) is actually in a strengthened position than when we discussed this last year, by virtue of his agreement to remove the chemical weapons, as slow as that process has been,” said James Clapper, director of national intelligence.

The administration and its press acolytes did their best to spin the ugly meltdown of President Obama’s ill-considered and hastily abandoned airstrike proposal as a diplomatic victory, but around the world it was considered a major fiasco and raised deep doubts about the capability of this administration to manage American foreign policy with any kind of competence or credibility.

And things aren’t looking any better as time goes by. The Syrians keep missing deadlines, walking back concessions, and generally delaying and obstructing. Clapper was only admitting the obvious when he told Congress yesterday that Assad had come out of the deal stronger.

This would be a point of merely historical interest, except that Iran is carefully and closely watching how all this plays out. The lessons so far: The Obama approach offers Iran two bargain of the century opportunities. First, the Obama Administration is so desperate to avoid war that it will accept deals that probably no other American President would have entertained. And second, Iran has learned that the administration lacks the will to enforce the deals that it does make.

The obvious strategy for Iran to take, based on these lessons:

a) Press ahead with a regional offensive, pushing in Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Provocative actions on the ground will not affect U.S. bargaining on the nuclear issue to a significant degree.

b) Negotiate hard for a deal that in essence allows you to edge closer to the nuclear threshold in exchange for tacit U.S. recognition of your gains on the ground—a “Fertile Crescent for nuclear threshold” deal.

c) Open as many commercial negotiations as possible to maximize the political forces that will tie the hands of the United States and its allies in responding to future provocative acts.

d) Exploit to the fullest the resulting tensions between the United States and its core allies in the region.

e) Sign the best nuclear deal possible with as much sanctions relief as you can get.

f) Consolidate your gains on the ground in the region, including economic benefits.

g) Almost immediately, begin to test the limits of your ability to cheat on the deal.

The United States would benefit greatly from the right nuclear deal with Iran, and avoiding a war with Iran through a negotiated agreement is still the best U.S. strategy. But by failing to understand the linkage between the WMD issue and the regional balance of power, and by a series of almost non-stop policy failures and feckless moves in Syria, the White House is making it harder—not easier—to achieve that goal.

Published on February 5, 2014 1:48 pm
http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/02/05/chemical-weapons-deal-strengthened-butcher-assad/

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#Syria | Aleppo | Regime Drops Suspected Toxic…

#Syria | Aleppo | Regime Drops Suspected Toxic Rockets on City | Apr 30, 2013 – already posted

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#Syria new video confirming the use of Chemical…

#Syria, new video confirming the use of Chemical weapons against the civilians

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