Hypocracy? The US has used Depleted Uranium in Iraq, ally Israel used White Phosphorous in Gaza, US used Napalm and Agent Orange in Vietnam and even Nuclear Weapons in Japan! While these uses of illegal weaponry by the US and allies are well substantiated, the US is prepared to go to war with Syria, and possibly Russia too, over unsubstantiated allegations of Chemical Weapons use by the Syrian Army, which denies the use and has provided evidence that the rebels, armed and trained by NATO, Gulf States and Israel, have used chemical weapons on Syrian troops and civilians! Russian experts determined that Syrian rebels used sarin nerve gas in the Aleppo suburb of Khan Al Assal (See 10 July 2013 article below “Russia gives UN evidence 'Syrian rebels made sarin nerve gas' – but US rejects claims” and the articles below quoting Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
Obama Now Preparing for Naval Missile Strike Against Syria
http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/08/24/breaking-obama-now-preparing-for-naval-missile-strike-against-syria/ AUGUST 24, 2013 BY 21WIRE (21 Wire Team: Patrick Henningsen, Shawn Helton, Jason Smith, Peter Sterry, Andrew McKillop, Stuart J. Hooper, Jason Liosatos, Nicholas Myra)
President Obama’s White House is clearly feeling the pressure from the war makers in the US establishment, the City of London and the Israeli lobby – to strike Syria militarily from the Mediterranean Sea...
Based on the talk this week of the west already implicating the Assad regime – and not US-backed rebels, for a chemical weapons attack, based solely on the opposition’s hearsay reporting and without any investigation… it appears that the Obama Administration are preparing to cave into the pressure and launch an unprovoked “punitive” airstrike against the country of Syria. But as we’ve learned from past US Presidents, evidence is not necessary to justify a military strike against another sovereign state.
21st Century Wire reported already this week, that the evidence is overwhelming how the opposition-rebel confab has been preparing and using chemical weapons in Syria in order to open the door for a US-led “coalition military strike” against the Assad regime. We also revealed how the western media has buried reports from earlier this year that US may have already backed a plan to send Libyan chemical weapons into Syria for rebel use, in order to blame an attack on the Syrian government.
The UN already found rebels guilty of dabbling in chemical weapons, but the Washington-London axis is ignoring any conclusions which do not fit their public desire for regime change and the complete restructuring of Syria – even as their own rebel/FSA allies threaten more chemical attacks today.
Media hypes latest ‘chemical’ attack in Syria but evidence does not add up
AUGUST 21, 2013 BY 21WIRE (21 Wire Team: Patrick Henningsen, Shawn Helton, Jason Smith, Peter Sterry, Andrew McKillop, Stuart J. Hooper, Jason Liosatos, Nicholas Myra)
... Who benefits from staging a chemical weapons event in Syria? Answer: the opposition. The West’s has already announced it ambiguous “red line”, stating that its policy will be to intervene militarily if either side is thought to be using chemical weapons in Syria – which makes it all to easy for the opposition to get what they want in the end – which is a Libya-style military coalition with NATO, and perhaps Israel, in order to take power in the country.
As frustration mounts in Washington, London, Tel Aviv (yes, Israel are deeply involved in the conflict too) and Paris over their inability to directly arm the opposition insurgents in order to overthrow the Assad government in Syria, the west’s final play may be with somehow convincing the UN to deliver a guilty verdict regarding WMD’s in Syria, and thus, pave the way for a No Fly Zone and sustained bombing campaign against the country of Syria.
Putin rebuffs Gulf cash for arms deal, but Prince Bandar lets slip Saudi Arabia’s real agenda for Syria
http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/08/10/putin-rebuffs-gulf-cash-for-arms-deal-but-prince-bandar-lets-slip-saudi-arabias-real-agenda-for-syria/ AUGUST 10, 2013 BY 21WIRE (21 Wire Team: Patrick Henningsen, Shawn Helton, Jason Smith, Peter Sterry, Andrew McKillop, Stuart J. Hooper, Jason Liosatos, Nicholas Myra)
Syria is a dirty war being waged through paid-for proxies by the West and partnering Gulf monarchies...
According to Reuters, the Saudis appear to have offered $15 billion in weapons contracts during the July 31 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Russia rebuffed the offer because the Saudi’s deal was dependent upon Moscow dropping its arms contracts with the Assad government in Syria.
Bush family business partner and terror financier, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia appears to have put all of his high cards on the table – and the world can now see the agenda of the US and Saudi-led effort to destroy the country of Syria.
Prince Bandar has finally revealed to the public what exactly is the underlying transnational energy agenda being played by the US, its allies in Europe, and Saudi Arabia and Qatar – a gas pipeline running from the Persian Gulf, right through Syria, to the Mediterranean. This would constitute a direct supply to Europe which will give the supplier a long-term interest in Europe’s economic and political affairs.
Gas delivery = power and influenceThe northern hemisphere countries need to not only power their grids, but also need to heat their buildings and houses during half of the year, which makes gas much more important in regional geopolitical terms – than oil (oil can be sources more easily from many more different locations globally than gas).
The competition to Arab monarchies for supplying gas to Europe, is of course Russia. Russia’s vast gas pipeline project is already into phase two, and crosses Scandinavia right up to the UK’s doorstep.
So Syria’s current destiny and importance of outcome, stretches much further than its own Middle Eastern borders.
Russia gives UN evidence 'Syrian rebels made sarin nerve gas' – but US rejects claims
Reuters with additional reporting Agence France-Presse and Associated PressRead more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/russia-gives-un-evidence-syrian-rebels-made-sarin-nerve-gas-but-us-rejects-claims#ixzz2ckeY2rgv 10 July 2013
NEW YORK // Russian experts have determined that Syrian rebels made sarin nerve gas and used it in an attack outside Aleppo in March, but the US has rejected their claims.International analysts have said a March 19 chemical weapon attack occurred in the Aleppo suburb of Khan Al Assal.
Russia's UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin blamed a Syrian rebel group linked to Al Qaeda for the attack, but the rebels have blamed the government.
"We have yet to see any evidence that backs up the assertion that anybody besides the Syrian government has the ability to use chemical weapons, (or) has used chemical weapons," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
Samples taken on site at the invitation of the Syrian government showed that the sarin gas was "not industrial" quality, but rather produced recently in "cottage industry" conditions, Mr Churkin said after delivering an 80-page report to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.
The Syrian government has refused to let a UN inspection team into the country, but this week invited UN officials for talks on launching an investigation.
Mr Churkin said the Russian inquiry had established that rebel forces had fired a Bashar 3 missile at the town, killing 26 people including 16 troops.
Britain, France and the United States said they have given evidence to UN experts that the forces of the Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad, had used chemical weapons in the 26-month-old conflict.
At least 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against Mr Al Assad began in March 2011.
Some Arab countries and the US have agreed to arms the rebels, who have suffered heavy losses on the battlefield this year.
In a possible setback in arming the rebels, the top Republican on the US senate foreign relations committee said yesterday that the White House was harming US national security interests by being too secretive about its plans to arm rebels.
Senator Bob Corker said that the administration of the US president, Barack Obama, had fully briefed only the members of the senate and house of representatives intelligence committees on details of its plans to aid to rebels.
There were reports on Monday that members of both intelligence panels had expressed reservations behind closed doors about the effort to arm the rebels and were holding up the delivery of the weapons.
Sources said members were worried that the weapons would not be enough to tip the balance in the conflict and that the arms could end up in the hands of Islamic militants.
"It is unacceptable to hide such a fundamental foreign policy matter from the vast majority of congress and the American people," Mr Corker said. "This approach is not appropriate and it just wastes time at the expense of our national interests."
Mr Corker was the co-author of a bill that called on the US to arm the Syrian rebels, which the foreign relations committee passed by a strong margin in May but has yet to come to the full senate for a vote.
Some congressional aides attributed the delay to concern that there might not be enough support for the bill for it to pass through the 100-member body.
Separately, two other senators called for the US to increase military pressure on Mr Al Assad's government, after a trip to Turkey and Jordan to study the situation in Syria.
The senators, Carl Levin and Angus King, called on the US and other members of the "London 11", which includes the UAE and the other countries that met in Qatar in June to discuss Syria, to convene a meeting to plan for additional measures to increase pressure on Mr Al Assad's government.
"Advancing the goal of a political settlement will require actions to change the military dynamic in Syria and convince the Assad regime and its supporters that momentum is not on their side and that their best option is a political solution," the two senators said.
Meanwhile, the new head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Assi Jarba, has backed calls from Mr Ban for a truce during Ramadan.
Mr Jarba, who was elected on Saturday to the post at the head of the main opposition to Mr Al Assad's regime, said he hoped all parties in the civil war would abide by any truce.
"We certainly welcome this call," he said after a meeting in Ankara with the Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Mr Jarba said he was especially concerned about the humanitarian situation in Homs, in central Syria, which has been the scene of heavy fighting. "We had asked for a ceasefire on the first day of Ramadan because of the current situation in Homs," he said.
Mr Jarba said that maintaining the truce was only possible if "Syria's allies exerted pressure on the regime".
Mr Ban on Monday called on all parties in Syria to "to stop fighting and offer this month of peace as a collective present to their people".
* Reuters with additional reporting Agence France-Presse and Associated Press
On A False Premise: US looks to G8 Summit to build ‘consensus’ over Syria
As the White House finds itself in a myriad of scandals with no end in sight, its old friend “war” is here to sweep those unfortunate incidents under the rug.
Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser to President Obama declared Thursday that the Syrian army has used sarin gas on its own people. These claims have been unsubstantiated, just one month ago, Carla Del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria concluded it was rebel forces inside Syria that had in fact used chemical weapons. The U.N.’s findings were supported by medical staff and victims after a recent chemical attack. So why the sudden rush to judgment?
UN's Carla Del Ponte says there is evidence rebels 'may have used sarin' in Syria
A United Nations inquiry into human rights abuses in Syria has found evidence that rebel forces may have used chemical weapons, its lead investigator has revealed.
Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said that testimony gathered from casualties and medical staff indicated that the nerve agent sarin was used by rebel fighters.
“Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Ms Del Ponte said in an interview broadcast on Swiss-Italian television on Sunday.
“This was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she added.
Ms Del Ponte said the inquiry has yet to see any direct evidence suggesting that government forces have used chemical weapons, but said further investigation was required before this possibility could be ruled out.
The UN commission, which is investigating human rights abuses in Syria since the start of the civil war, later released a statement distancing itself from the allegations. It said that investigators had “not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict”.
The White House said it was “highly skeptical” of suggestions that Syrian rebels used chemical weapons. “We find it highly likely that chemical weapons, if they were in fact used in Syria - and there is certainly evidence that they were - that the Assad regime was responsible,” spokesman Jay Carney said.
The allegations come nearly two weeks after the United States said it had “varying degrees of confidence” that sarin gas had been used by Syria’s government on its people.
President Barack Obama declared last year that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, would cross a “red line” and change US calculations on whether or not it should intervene in the conflict.
Calls for the US to launch military action against the Syrian regime have grown stronger since claims that it used chemical weapons first emerged. Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are the most prominent among those calling for a no-fly zone in some parts of the country, similar to the one which was introduced in Libya.
Each side in Syria’s two-year-old conflict has accused the other of using chemical weapons – an action that which would constitute a war crime under international law. Two of the alleged attacks took place in Aleppo in March and Homs in December.
An investigation looking specifically into claims of chemical weapons use in Syria was ordered by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in late March. The Syrian government wants the UN team to investigate only the Aleppo attack, but the UN has insisted that the inquiry cover both incidents.
An official involved with the investigation into chemical weapons in Syria use told The Independent yesterday that a two-person advance team was waiting in Cyprus to enter Syria and perform onsite inspections. But nearly six weeks after Syria initially asked for such an inquiry, investigators have been unable to enter the country.
“The Syrian government wants an inspection of just one site in Aleppo, we have asked for inspections for two places,” the official said.
The official added: “There is no substitute to onsite inspections and that is what we are waiting for.”
The investigation to which Ms Del Ponte referred was launched in August 2011 to look into war crimes and other human rights violations in Syria. It is separate from that which was announced by Ban Ki-Moon into chemical weapons use.
A UN source told The Independent that Ms Del Ponte’s investigation is broader than the one focusing purely on chemical weapons use, but that chemical weapons falls under its remit.
The source said that the commission gathered over 1000 testimonies from those in Syria via Skype, and from those who have fled Syria into neighbouring countries.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office expressed concern yesterday over the claims, but called for more investigation.
A spokesman said: "Use of chemical weapons is a war crime and reports of their use is extremely concerning. Evidence is limited at this time and we are working actively with our allies, partners and the UN to get more and better information.”
The allegations by Ms Del Ponte come after Israel carried out a series of air strikes on Syrian military targets early Sunday. Israeli officials have said the strikes were against long-range missiles being transported to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The Syrian civil war, which began with anti-government protests in March 2011, has now claimed an estimated 70,000 lives and forced 1.2 million Syrian refugees to flee.
Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/6/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-nerve-gas-not-assads-regi/ By Shaun Waterman The Washington Times Monday, May 6, 2013
Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.
Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.
Ms. del Ponte, who in 1999 was appointed to head the U.N. was crimes tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, has sometimes been a controversial figure. She was removed from her Rwanda post by the U.N. Security Council in 2003, but she continued as the chief prosecutor for the Yugoslav tribunal until 2008.
Ms. del Ponte, a former Swiss prosecutor and attorney general, told Swiss TV: “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals. According to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated.”