Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: Everyone’s a Suspect

9 May
Sitting down to read Dexter Filkins’s New Yorker piece on Obama’s calculations concerning the Syrian civil war, it occurs to me that in recent days I’ve seen nearly every significant party to have fired a shot in this conflict accused of being responsible for the recent string of chemical weapons attacks.

The Syrian Rebels:

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.

The Assad Regime:

The White House asserted Monday that it’s highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind any chemical weapons use in Syria.
[…]
“We are highly skeptical of suggestions that the opposition could have or did use chemical weapons,” he said. “We find it highly likely that any chemical weapon use that has taken place in Syria was done by the Assad regime. And that remains our position.”

Israel:

A former senior official in the Bush administration said on Thursday the use of chemical weapons in Syria might have been a “false flag operation” of Israel, meant to implicate Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“We don’t know what the chain of custody is. This could’ve been an Israeli false flag operation, it could’ve been an opposition in Syria… or it could’ve been an actual use by Bashar Assad. But we certainly don’t know with the evidence we’ve been given. And what I’m hearing from the intelligence community is that that evidence is really flakey,” retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, told Cenk Uygur in an interview with Current TV.

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2 Responses to “Syria Chemical Weapons Attack: Everyone’s a Suspect”

  1. filipegracio May 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    It’s total chaos out there. And it’s depressing to think that the use of chemical weapons was (to my limited knowledge) so indiscriminate and at random, that we can’t even guess based on the victims. It was just to kill some people in the hopes of causing pain to someone and causing escalation.

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