Syria – August 2013

Imagine if President Obama came before the American people and said, “I’m going to bomb another country to make a point. Not to defend American security or interests. Not even to protect the Syrian people from Bashar al-Assad. Just to make a point.” Do you think the American people would buy this for a second?

– John Glaser, Aug 26th

Congress Should Veto Obama’s War
by Patrick J. Buchanan, August 27, 2013

Firing a few shells of gas at Syrian civilians was not going to advance Assad’s cause but, rather, was certain to bring universal condemnation on his regime and deal cards to the War Party which wants a U.S. war on Syria as the back door to war on Iran.

Why did the United States so swiftly dismiss Assad’s offer to have U.N. inspectors – already in Damascus investigating old charges he or the rebels used poison gas – go to the site of the latest incident?

Transparent Hoax Could Lead to War
Phony “poison gas” attack spurs calls for intervention
by Justin Raimondo
August 26, 2013

Waging War in Syria ‘to Make a Point’?
John Glaser, August 26, 2013

Snipers Fire on Weapons Inspectors in Syria, U.N. Says
NYT

US Set to Launch ‘Iraq, The Sequel’, in Syria
saturday august 24, 2013

No Proof, But Kerry Insists Syria Allegations ‘Undeniable’
Secretary of State Leads Charge in Selling Americans on Warby Jason Ditz, August 26, 2013

There’s no solid proof for the allegations of chemical weapon use by the Assad government, and the US is vigorously trying to keep the UN investigators from taking a serious look at the matter.

UN Spurns US Call to Withdraw Syria Inspectors as War Looms
US Gears Up to Attack, but Inspectors Continue to Probe Accusations
by Jason Ditz, August 26, 2013

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today rejected US demands to withdraw chemical weapons inspectors from Syria, with those familiar with the conversation saying he “stood firm on principle.”

US and other Western officials are desperate to retain the narrative of Syrian chemical weapons use, and seem to be anticipating the UN investigation doing serious harm to that claim.

That’s why after initial demands to allow inspectors into the site, the US suddenly reversed course when Syria agreed, insisting it was “too late.” Since then, officials have maintained that they are already convinced of Syria’s guilt because of media reports and rebel accounts, and are preparing to launch attacks in the next couple of weeks.

British officials went a step further and tried to preempt the investigators’ results, saying that the evidence might conceivably have been destroyed or “tampered with” and that what the investigators tell the world about what happened in Jobar couldn’t be trusted anymore.

Mirroring the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, officials have already made their decision and are now trying to do anything and everything they can to avoid evidence coming out that would ruin their scheme.

MIDDLE EAST NEWS Updated August 26, 2013, 9:57 p.m. ET Wall Street Journal
‘Little Doubt’ Syria Gassed Opposition
Calling Lethal Attack ‘a Moral Obscenity,’ Kerry Begins Making Case for U.S. Action

“President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people,” Mr. Kerry said.

His statement came after U.N. inspectors faced gunfire Monday from unidentified snipers as they investigated reports of a chemical-weapons attack last week in the Damascus suburb of Mouadhamiya, one of the areas allegedly struck last week in poison-gas attacks.

The U.S. had earlier delivered a caution to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, with a senior official telling him the inspection mission was pointless and no longer safe, said a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Ban ordered his team to continue their work, this person said.

The U.N. investigators are mandated to determine whether chemical attacks occurred, but not who initiated them. U.S. officials said Monday they expected their own intelligence assessment on the attacks, details of which could be released publicly as early as Tuesday, to conclude that forces loyal to Mr. Assad were behind the poison-gas attack, not the rebels, as the Assad regime and Russia have alleged.

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