Did Assad use chemical weapons in response to ‘external aggression’?

One detail in the following report that I regard as suspect is that a U.S.-led training operation for FSA rebels would involve Israelis. I don’t think the Israelis would want to be involved and I don’t think the U.S. or Jordanians would welcome their presence. Why provide fodder for the Assad regime and those outside Syria who only too gladly swallow the propaganda that Syria is being threatened by a Zionist conspiracy?

If, as the report suggests, Assad’s use of chemical weapons came as a result of his pledge to use them only in response to “external aggression,” then there would be some strategic logic in what he did. He basically called Obama’s bluff, showing that when Syria lays down a red line it backs it up.

IB Times reports: A West-backed rebel military operation to topple Syrian president Bashar al-Assad under the supervision of Jordanian, Israeli and American forces has already begun according to French newspaper Le Figaro. [See Google translation below.]

Citing unnamed military sources, the daily reported that the first troops trained by Washington and Amman officials were deployed in mid-August in the Deraa region.

A 300-strong group of Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters crossed the border with Syria on 17 August, and were joined by another group two days later.

“According to military sources, the Americans, who don’t want to put troops on Syrian soil or arm rebels who are in part controlled by radical Islamists, have quietly trained a bunch of handpicked FSA fighters in training camps set up at the Jordanian-Syrian border,” the paper said.

Le Figaro believes the pressure mounted by the specially-trained FSA fighters prompted Assad to launch an alleged attack on the rebels on Wednesday, using toxic gas. In July, the Syrian president said in a public speech that the regime would never use those weapons “except for external aggression”. [Continue reading…]

Google translation of French report appearing in Le Figaro: According to our information, the regime’s opponents, supervised by Jordanian, Israeli and American commandos moving towards Damascus since mid-August. This attack could explain the possible use of the Syrian president to chemical weapons.

While it is too early to rule out categorically the argument put forward by Damascus and Moscow, who blame the massacre on the Syrian opposition, it is already possible to provide answers to a troubling question. What benefit would have Assad to launch an unconventional attack at the precise moment when he had to allow UN inspectors – after being stranded for several months – to investigate the use of chemical weapons?

Operational logic first. According to information obtained by Le Figaro, the first trained in guerrilla warfare by the Americans in Jordan Syrian troops reportedly entered into action since mid-August in southern Syria, in the region of Deraa. A first group of 300 men, probably supported by Israeli and Jordanian commandos, as well as men of the CIA, had crossed the border on August 17. A second would have joined the 19. According to military sources, the Americans, who do not want to put troops on the Syrian soil or arming rebels in part controlled by radical Islamists form quietly for several months in a training camp set up at the border Jordanian- Syrian fighters ASL, the Free Syrian Army, handpicked.

Sense of impunity

As for the summer, their protection have begun to shake Syrian battalions in the south, approaching the capital. “Their thrust would now feel into the Ghouta, where formations of ASL were already at work, but really can make a difference on the outskirts of Damascus fortress,” says David Rigoulet-Roze, a researcher at the French Institute for Strategic Analysis (IFAS).

According to this expert on the region, the idea proposed by Washington would be the possible establishment of a buffer zone from the south of Syria, or even a no-fly zone, which would cause opponents safely until the balance of power changes. This is the reason why the United States has deployed Patriot batteries and F16 in late June Jordan.

Military recent pressure against al-Ghouta threatens the capital Damascus, the heart of the Syrian regime. In July, the spokesman of President al-Assad had publicly stated that the scheme would not use chemical weapons in Syria “except in case of external aggression.” The intrusion of foreign agents in the south, for example …

The other reason, if the army has actually committed a massacre in Damascus chemical is more diplomatic. Since August, 2012, when Barack Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons was a “red line” that, once crossed, could trigger a military intervention, thirteen smaller chemical attack have been identified without causing American reaction. Admittedly, the evidence is difficult to obtain, since Damascus routinely blocks the work of UN investigators. The sense of impunity felt by the Syrian regime is reinforced by the Russian protection afforded to the Security Council of the UN. Barack Obama, when he arrived at the White House, the Kremlin had proposed a “reset” of relations, not to break the link with Moscow. U.S. Chief of Staff, Martin Dempsey, the principal military adviser, justifies his opposition to intervention, even limited by the fragmentation of the Syrian opposition and the weight exerted by extremist groups.

What are the options?

If the Syrian regime is actually behind the chemical bombardment of Damascus, it will take a further degree is a conflict that has claimed more than 100,000 lives. “There is more of a small-scale test as before. Chemical weapons are now part of the war, where they play a deterrent role. This is a message to the Americans. It is also a challenge to Barack Obama, who risks losing its legitimacy with its allies in the world, “an expert analysis of the case.

Along with clandestine operations from Jordanian soil, the international community, as each time the crisis is reaching a peak, reconsider the various military options. Arming the rebels? “If we do one day we will not say,” said a diplomatic source. Surgical air strikes? Possible, but the solution involves risk regionalization of the conflict. Special forces to secure and neutralize chemical weapons sites? Israel hit neighboring Syria repeatedly. But Western intelligence services did not want to risk that stocks of chemical weapons falling into the hands of jihadist groups. Last option, inaction. It is that which seems to have bet on Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

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8 thoughts on “Did Assad use chemical weapons in response to ‘external aggression’?

  1. dickerson3870

    RE: “Did Assad use chemical weapons in response to ‘external aggression’?”

    SEE: “Syria accuses rebels of having ‘chemical agents'” ~ By Patrick J. McDonnell, L.A. Times, 8/24/13

    [EXCERPT] BEIRUT — Three days after an alleged chemical attack purportedly killed hundreds of civilians, Syria’s state media reported Saturday that government troops had discovered “chemical agents” in a rebel stronghold northeast of Damascus.
    State TV said the toxic substances were found in tunnels in the heavily contested Damascus suburb of Jobar, which has long been the site of combat between government and rebel forces.
    An unspecified number of soldiers suffered from “suffocation” and some were hospitalized in critical condition, said the official Syrian Arab News Agency. It was not immediately clear how the soldiers were said to have been exposed.
    On Wednesday, opposition activists accused the government of a poison-gas attack on several districts outside Damascus, killing hundreds of people in what they termed a “chemical massacre.” The government has denied the allegations.
    Several of the areas allegedly affected in Wednesday’s reported attacks are close to Jobar, along the northeast limits of the capital. The area northeast of Damascus has long been a rebel bastion.
    In Jobar, the state media said, soldiers discovered barrels of apparent chemical agents, along with a “large number” of protective masks. State TV showed images of what appeared to be a storeroom with barrels and other items. Official accounts spoke of the agents being found in tunnels and a warehouse.
    The official media said the army pushed into the zone after “violent clashes” with “terrorist groups,” the standard government term for rebels. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-syria-chemical-weapons-accusation-20130824,0,6477582.story

  2. dickerson3870

    RE: “If the Syrian regime is actually behind the chemical bombardment of Damascus . . . It is also a challenge to Barack Obama, who risks losing its legitimacy with its allies in the world . . . “ ~ Le Figaro (as translated above)

    MY SNARK: Quick guys, find an aspirin factory to bomb! ! !

  3. dickerson3870

    RE: “Did Assad use chemical weapons in response to ‘external aggression’?”

    SEE: “Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident – Russia”, RT (Russia Today), 8/23/13

    [EXCERPT] Materials implicating the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad in chemical weapons use near Damascus were prepared prior to the alleged incident on August 21, the Russian foreign ministry said.
    Moscow continues to monitor closely the event surrounding the “alleged” chemical attack near Damascus, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said in a statement.
    “We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature,” he stressed. “In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action.”
    Below are the three videos posted on Youtube said to be showing the child victims affected by chemical weapons near Damascus. Despite the date of the alleged attack – August 21 – being mentioned in their titles, they were posted on YouTube on the previous day, August 20.
    Despite the 7-hour time difference between Syria and the US, where the YouTube server is located, the mismatch of the dates in the videos raised concerns among some experts about the exact time of the upload. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE (WITH VIDEOS EMBEDDED) – http://rt.com/news/syria-chemical-prepared-advance-901/

  4. Paul Woodward

    With such a stunning array of compelling evidence that this was a false flag operation, it’s all the more perplexing that Assad hasn’t let UN inspectors visit the site of the attacks.

    It’s reminiscent of 2007 when the Israelis bombed an agricultural research station that they mischievously claimed was a nuclear facility. What a wonderful public relations opportunity Bashar missed where he could have been holding up all the broken plant pots for the international media to view. Instead he sent in the bulldozers to bury everything.

    If only Syria’s president had better PR advisers, the world might appreciate him, his family and government so much more.

    Thank goodness there are still reliable news sources out there like RT and Syrian state media and Press TV — otherwise, what chance would any of us have to find out the truth?

  5. eugene

    I’ve figured the US was involved from the get go. Course we use others to do our work so our hands are clean. Americans just can’t handle dirty hands. After all, we’re a “Christian nation” but I’m not sure what that means as I see little of Christian beliefs. But then I don’t see much of whatever religions belief in evidence.

  6. Norman

    I take your comments as a plus Paul, which I believe puts you at odds with the M.S.M. tooting the sycophantic melody’s provided by the overlords. Missed opportunities, well that old rock song: “the heat is on” does make for poor judgement calls, IMO.

  7. dickerson3870

    RE: “Thank goodness there are still reliable news sources out there like RT and Syrian state media and Press TV — otherwise, what chance would any of us have to find out the truth? . . . Just in case anyone missed it: my comment was 100% sarcasm.” ~ Woodward

    THIS IS NOT SARCASM: For your information, I do not consider news sources out there like RT and Syrian state media and Press TV to be any more reliable than the corporate/mainstream press in the U.S. (including PBS/NPR).
    Just in case it’s not clear to anyone, I don’t consider news sources like RT, Syrian state media and Press TV to be reliable sources. Nor do I consider the corporate/mainstream press in the U.S. (including PBS/NPR) to be reliable sources.
    Go figure! ! !

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