Please, put your thinking caps on. All the people given any voice in America seem to be taking for granted the claim that the gas attack in northwest Syria the other day was perpetrated by Assad. Meanwhile, the people given voice in Russia likely all say that the gas release came from the anti-government rebels.
Stop being American or Russian for a moment and try to think. Notice in the following that while the British prime minister calls for an investigation, that means the investigation has not taken place.
The British prime minister, Theresa May, currently in Saudi Arabia, said the UK would call for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to investigate. (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
In the next breath, she reveals that she has already come to her conclusion as she calls for everyone to do the same.
“I’m very clear there can be no future for Assad in a stable Syria, which is representative of all the Syrian people and I call on all the third parties involved to ensure that we have a transition away from Assad,” she said. “We cannot allow this suffering to continue.” (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
The British foreign secretary also declares Assad guilty, in the strongest possible terms.
Speaking in Brussels, where he is attending an international aid conference, the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said all the evidence pointed to the responsibility of the Assad regime and stepped up calls for a political transition in Syria … .
“Objectively, I simply don’t see how Bashar al-Assad can remain in charge after what he has already done,” the foreign secretary said. “Of the 400,000 who are estimated to have been killed in Syria, he is responsible for the vast majority of that butcher’s bill. And you have to go a long way back in history to find a tyrant who has stayed in office given such circumstances.” (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
Then he calls for an investigation.
Johnson called on all members of the UN security council to support a resolution … “ … because all we are saying is that there should be condemnation of that chemical weapons attack, and secondly that there should be a thorough and urgent international investigation. …” (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
Isn’t that ass-backwards? I thought we were supposed to investigate first. Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations condemned Russia.
Earlier, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned Russia it “cannot escape responsibility” for the attack (in an) emotive speech, during which Haley stood up to display pictures of children killed in the attack … . (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
The operative word here, is “emotive”. I am not trying to defend Assad or Putin here, but there has apparently been no investigation yet (other than by the “White Helmets“, who according to Watson below are in the pocket of the Syrian rebels), and all this waving around gruesome pictures of innocent children and yelling shows great potential as demagoguery.
According to The Duran, “The initial Reuters report on the event cites the UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as its source. This organisation has been widely discredited as a propaganda outlet that has few actual contacts in Syria, if any.” Underscoring the need for a serious and fair investigation, the Russian envoy claimed the Syrian rebels were responsible for the gas.
Haley spoke immediately after the deputy Russian envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, who claimed that a Syrian regime airstrike on an opposition warehouse had hit a rebel chemical weapons facility. …
Safronkov had suggested the timing of Tuesday’s attack was intended to disrupt Russian-led peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan. Haley responded by saying that real progress toward a peaceful settlement was being undermined by the Syrian regime and its backers. (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
Haley emphatically rejected Russia’s claims, but cited no current investagion. She had to go back to an investigation of “earlier” chemical weapon attacks.
Haley was scathing in her rejection of the Moscow version of events, and noted that the investigation that had been set up by the security council had found clear evidence that the Syrian regime was responsible for earlier chemical weapon attacks. (Syria chemical attack has changed my view of Assad, says Trump, The Guardian, April 6, 2017)
If she is referring to the Ghouta attack of 2013, I have to call foul. Read Obama admits VT was right on Syrian gas attacks. Or listen to Paul Joseph Watson below … or both!
So what we have so far are gruesome images, emotional calls to action, and of course the American attack on Syria. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail!