By now most have heard about the claims of more use of chemical weapons in Syria and the resulting deaths of approximately 1300 people, including hundreds of children. The Assad government and Russia are blaming the rebels who are backed by the U.S. and European nations, while the rebels are accusing Assad's army.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has vehemently denied using chemical weapons against civilians in the rebel stronghold known as Ghouta. He claims that rebels staged the attacks, or has faked the videos, in an attempt to prompt the international community to intervene in the civil war.
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon to debate the allegations. Samantha Power, America's new UN ambassador, was not present at the meeting. She was on vacation.
On Thursday UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, called on the Syrian government to allow inspectors access to the Damascus suburbs that came under attack. The inspectors are already in Syria, having only recently been granted access following claims of chemical weapons use months ago.
As of the time of this report's preparation, the Assad government has not granted permission requested by the UN, nor is it expected.
Readers might find it interesting the Islamic politics and cultural website "Islamic Invitation Turkey" is reporting that several videos of the chemical weapons attack aftermath were uploaded to the Internet one day before the attacks supposedly even took place. The video playlist is here. The attack reportedly happened on Aug. 21. But the videos are dated Aug 20th.
On the flip side, France's second largest daily newspaper, Le Figaro, is reporting that the reason for Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons was that U.S. troops were already operating in Syria and Western trained guerillas were advancing on Damascus. (Do you understand French? Read the original article here.)
Just as with all other wars large and small, disinformation and propaganda are currently in full swing. Regardless of how all of this shakes out, it is clear that the likelihood of open U.S. involvement in this conflict is only a matter of time.
And that time my be soon. Multiple news organizations late Friday night were reporting that the Western intelligence sources had verified use of chemical weapons and the U.S. was preparing for missile strikes in Syria. As we all know it is bad tradecraft to telegraph military strikes, the release of the information must be intended to achieve additional objectives.
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