So it’s being reported that the US admin has conclusive evidence that the Syrian regime used sarin against the Syrian populace. How they reach that conclusion is somewhat mysterious. The UN inspection team has not released its results, and besides, they were mandated only to find what everyone already accepted; that chemical weapons had been deployed. They were not investigating who used the chemical weapons.
But no matter, the possible ‘who’ and the possible ‘why’ aren’t very difficult to find. Back in July, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced the capture of members of a terrorist cell within Iraq that manufactured sarin, mustard and nerve gases.
From the same newspaper report on the Iraqi announcement: (my emphasis)
The government database contains detailed information on those using these items and where they are being used, Ghaidan (Iraqi ground forces commander) added.
Iraqi national security advisor Faleh al-Fayyadh said the army’s intelligence service has formed a special cell to work alongside the Intelligence Service and the Interior Ministry’s Intelligence Agency to investigate al-Qaeda’s production and planned use of banned chemical and biological weapons.
Al-Fayyadh said further investigations revealed that plans were put in place for al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra to get access to those weapons and “further aggravate the tragedy of the Syrian people.”
Further to the ability that Al Qaeda has to pass chemical weapons on to Jabhat al-Nusra, there are the investigations of Finnish researcher Petri Krohn concluding that the likely launch site for the sarin that killed civilian of Ghouta came from a “Syrian army post near Damascus”…that has been under ‘rebel’ control since June.
But hey, lets just shove all doubts on the official spin aside and sit back a the media amplifies official lines on how inept the UN is (again) – and as it sheds light on a highly selective set of instances where non-intervention led to widespread tragedy and suffering as though every crisis, in every country, follows a set pattern that demands a set response.
As an aside, I wonder if we’ll get any gushing schoolboy commentary on the TV soon, exclaiming excitedly on the wonder and awesomeness of guided missile humanitarianism?