Report: On Anniversary of Obama 'Red Line' Speech, Syria Gasses Hundreds
21 Aug 2013
Exactly one year and one day after Barack Obama issued a warning to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad that using chemical weapons would cross a “red line,” opposition forces in Syria have claimed that Assad’s forces launched a nerve gas attack that killed at least 213 people.
Much more (and graphic pictures) here.
Homeland Security New Wire has this:
Conflicting readings of possible chemical weapons use in SyriaPublished 21 August 2013
Rebel sources say the number of dead in a Syrian army chemical weapons attack, which targeted a dozen villages in a rebel-held area east of Damascus, is between 750 and 1,300. They say it is not possible to offer precise numbers because some areas are not yet accessible. The Syrian government strongly rejected the allegations about chemical weapons use by the Syrian army. The Israeli defense minister, in the first official Israeli reaction, confirms the Syrian military used chemical weapons. Chemical weapons experts say there are two other possibilities: the Syrian regime may have used crowd-dispersal chemicals in higher-than-usual concentration, causing death among people trapped in bunkers and shelters; or the army may have used fuel-air bombs in bombing Sunny residential areas. Such bombs, also called thermobaric explosives, rely on oxygen from the surrounding air, unlike most conventional explosives which consist of a fuel-oxidizer premix.
Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, earlier today (Wednesday) offered the first official Israeli reaction to the reports about the use of chemical weapons in Syria earlier in the day.
Rebel sources say the number of dead in the attacks, which targeted a dozen villages in a rebel-held area east of Damascus, is between 750 and 1,300. They say it is not possible to offer precise numbers because some areas are not yet accessible.
The Syrian government strongly rejected the allegations about chemical weapons use by the Syrian army.
Ya’alon said: “The civil war in Syria is continuing, and there are about a 100,000 dead. The regime has also used chemical weapons, and not for the first time.”
Talking with reports, Ya’alon added: “This is a life-and-death struggle between a regime which represents the Alawite community and a fragmented opposition. We don’t see the end [of the struggle], and even the fall of Assad will not bring this conflict to an end.”
Last week, in a meeting with the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, who was on a visit to Israel, Ya’alon said that “We should be prepared for a long-term civil war in Syria.” Ya’alon told Ban that Israel’s intelligence and security analysts have concluded that the conflict in Syria has become a global conflict, [emphasis mine] with one side supported by Russia and the other side backed by the United States....
Much more - with insightful analysis and FACTS, here.
Out of the White House, it is reported that the administration is 'deeply concerned'. This from an article (go read) that asks: If Syria's deadly poison gas attack doesn't cross Obama's 'red line,' what does?
Throughout history, atrocities have been committed and the world turns away. Obama et al have taken that ignorance to a whole new level. So far, that seems to have worked for him - he is the undisputed master of 'divert and distract,' after all - but as I always comment: If you think that what happens 'over there' has nothing to do with us, you really are not paying attention. We ARE living in very dangerous times, and if we ignore history, and the echoes of the ages, the implications threaten us ALL..
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