Re: Video emerges: Syrian rebel admits using chemical weapons
posted at 9/6/2013 7:04 AM EDT
In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:
Here's a few respectable and varied sources to consider:
Israeli intelligence 'intercepted Syrian regime talk about chemical attack'
Information passed to US by Israeli Defence Forces' 8200 unit, former official tells magazine.
Intercepted phone call helped convince U.S. that Syrian regime was responsible for deadly chemical attack.
Exclusive: Intercepted Calls Prove Syrian Army Used Nerve Gas, U.S. Spies Say
German intelligence believes the Syrian regime was behind last month's chemical attack but that the large death toll may be the result of a dosage "mistake," news site Spiegel Online has reported.
The BND chief said that only President Bashar al-Assad's military and not the rebels had substances such as sarin gas and the capability to fire them using 107-millimeter caliber missiles, of which it has a significant stockpile.
During one 30-minute presentation, Schindler also mentioned the BND had intercepted a telephone conversation between a high-ranking official of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, a traditional ally of the Syrian regime, and an Iranian diplomat.
The Hezbollah official had attributed the August attack to Assad and said he felt the leader had "lost his nerve" and committed a "serious mistake" in giving the order to use chemical weapons, said Spiegel.
Over the past nine months, the Syrian opposition has alleged dozens of times that the Assad regime has attacked them with nerve agents. Only a handful of those accusations have been confirmed; several have fallen away under close scrutiny. But Wednesday's strike, which local opposition groups say killed an estimated 1,300 people, may be different.
"No doubt it's a chemical release of some variety -- and a military release of some variety," said Gwyn Winfield, the editor of CRBNe World, the trade journal of the unconventional weapons community.
While the Obama administration says it has conclusive proof that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in the recent past, the White House has been reluctant to take major action in response to those relatively small-scale attacks. ("As long as they keep body count at a certain level, we won't do anything," an American intelligence official told Foreign Policy earlier this week.) But this attack appears to be anything but small-scale. If allegations about this latest attack prove to be accurate, the strike could be the moment when the Assad regime finally crossed the international community's "red line," and triggered outside invention in the civil war that has killed over a hundred thousand people.
Videos and pictures allegedly taken from the Ghouta incident show young victims who are barely able to breathe and, in some cases, twitching. Close-up photos show their pupils are severely constricted. All of these are classic signs of exposure to a nerve agent like sarin. And sarin is the Assad regime's chemical weapon of choice.
Like none of this stuff could be faked. Sigh.
the real problem here is that no one knows the truth, except those responsible. in this sense, this is the WMD in Iraq problem all over again.
The strange part is that the WMD used in Syria very well may have originated in Iraq. Wouldn't that be strange, that Iraq had WMD after all, and just moved them to Syria, where they were used.