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Damascus is Accused of Using Chemical Weapons Yet Again

by Martin Berger, New Eastern Outlook:

The US claims about Damascus alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria remain an extremely important part of Washington’s propaganda campaign that is aimed at facilitating its attempts to topple the government of Bashar Al-Assad.

Such claims started circulating in the Western corporate media for the first time back in 2013. Back then the award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh caught the Obama administration lying when it claimed that the Syrian government had used sarin poison gas. Back then the evidence Hersh provided confirmed that both the White House statements and fraudulent propaganda unwound by it in the media, pursued one goal – to create a pretext for armed intervention in Syria and replace the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) with their henchmen, and through this stun take full control of the country.

During his investigation Hersh established that there was a direct tie between the Obama administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar that signed a secret agreement back in 2012 to organize a chemical provocation, using sarin posion gas to push the blame on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later on.

However, the complete elimination of all Syrian chemical stockpiles in the areas controlled by the Syrian government that ended in January 2016 with the extensive amount of help provided by international organizations saved the people of Damascus from American bombs raining on their heads. However, this topic is still being used in the propaganda war that is being waged against the government of Bashar al-Assad. In a bid to please its masters in the White House, the corporate media sources repeat the same tune over and over again, they are being often followed by various international organizations, that are still willing to claim that Damascus is using chemical weapons.

The sad fact is that in the absence of any comprehensive results in the so-called War on Terror that the US-led coalition has been waging in Syria and Iraq, Washington’s puppets launched a new wave of accusation against Damascus. In order to please its Western masters, the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced that it’s going to investigate 9 cases of alleged chemical weapons use in Syria in order to identify the offenders. It’s been reported that the Syrian government is being suspected of two attacks, while radical militants are believed to launch but a single attack. Against this background, American officials did not hesitate to call on Russia and Iran to “make Syria answer for its crimes.” But isn’t it a bit too early to allocate the blame? Are there any facts and have those been checked?

We must not forget that Washington has used such provocative accusations time and time again in order to achieve its objectives on the international arena. This fact is confirmed by the investigation published by Seymour Hersh. Moreover, there’s been a case of US Secretary of State Collin Powell falsely accusing Saddam Hussein of possessing WMD to justify Washington’s armed aggression against Iraq in front of the UN Security Councl that we shouldn’t forget.

It is impossible to disregard reports that radical militants have managed to start producing chemical weapons in the field. Thus, the radical terrorist group Jaish al-Islam admitted that it used prohibited weapons against Kurds in the Aleppo region last April, while ISIS militants launched a series of missiles armed with mustard gas against the Syrian town of Deir ez-Zor.

As it’s been recently announced by Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari hundreds of letters about chemical attacks in the Damascus outskirts back in 2013 were sent by the government authorities to the UN Security Council and other international bodies, but they were just ignored. Jaafari stated that the states that had a considerable amount of influence in the Security Council just turn those letters down or accused the Syrian government of unreliability. Syria’s representative stated this kind of reaction was provoked by he fact that those who were behind the actual use of chemical weapons enjoyed the direct support of those influential countries.

Syria has acceded to the Convention on the Prohibition of the use of chemical weapons on October 14, 2013. In late October, all the declared pieces of equipment that could be used for the production of chemical substances was destroyed by Damascus. On January 4, 2016 the procedure of the destruction of all chemical stockpiles in Syria has also been completed.

Those behind the new wave of propaganda campaign against Damascus have clearly forgotten that in early reports featured in the Western media sources, the US President Barack Obama has even claimed that he was behind the initiative to destroy chemical weapons in Syria, even though this initiative came from Russia.

So it turns out that the chemical weapons haven’t been destroyed and the statements made on this subject by Barack Obama and a number of UN representatives are just false? Or today’s accusations made by certain media sources are false? What is more likely?

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1 comment to Damascus is Accused of Using Chemical Weapons Yet Again

  • Ed_B

    Sarin “gas” is actually a liquid that must be dispersed so that it spreads out as a micro-droplet vapor. It is very toxic, yet cheap and easy to make. Any 3rd year chemistry student could make this material, if they had access to a typical college lab and some basic raw materials. The info for making this is on Wikipedia, for heaven’s sake, so ANY government or group that wants to make this can do so.

    Poison gas IS a significant force multiplier and an area denial weapon. It’s effects are nasty and death from it is ugly. It can be dispersed via artillery shells, napalm-like bombs, rockets, missiles, and small explosions that burst the Sarin container without burning the Sarin to harmless combustion by-products.

    The greatest difficulty with such weapons is in developing adequate safety and handling protocols that keep the material contained until it is to be used and keeping “friendly” troops and civilians clear of any application. Many toxic materials have decent antidotes, so having an adequate supply of those handy for treating those not targeted but contaminated anyway. I don’t know whether there is an antidote for Sarin or not but a little on-line research should turn one up if there is one.

    If Assad wants this weapon, there is nothing stopping him from ordering it made. Whether or not he has done this and then used it against “rebels” in Syria is not known to me or probably anyone outside of Syria.

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