March 19, 2013
In late August, 2012, Obama warned Syria not to use chemical weapons in its battle against CIA backed and Saudi and Qatari funded and armed rebels.
“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Obama said during a press conference at the White House. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime — but also to other players on the ground — that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.
“That would change my calculus; that would change my equation.”
“I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and anyone who is under his command,” Obama said before a military audience at the National Defense University in Fort McNair. “If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”
In December, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated Obama’s warning.
“We have made our views very clear. This is a red line for the United States. I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against his own people, but suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur,” Clinton said after a meeting in Prague with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.
Prior to Clinton’s remarks, officials in the United States claimed Syria had taken preparatory steps with regard to its chemical weapons stockpile.
In January, the Pentagon announced it is prepared to act in response to Syrian chemical weapons. When asked if the U.S. will take military action and secure Syria’s chemical weapons, then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said sending troops was a possibility. “You always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, that they might ask for assistance in that situation. But in a hostile situation, we’re not planning to ask for that,” Panetta said.
Syria recently told the United Nations it fears al-Qaeda and other extremist groups supported by the U.S. will be equipped with chemical weapons.
“We have repeatedly stated publicly and through diplomatic channels that Syria will not under any circumstances use any chemical weapons that it may have, because it is defending its people from terrorists backed by well-known states, at the forefront of which is the United States of America,” said Bashar Ja’afari, the Syrian United Nations ambassador, in a letter to U.N. Boss Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.
On Tuesday, Syria accused CIA sponsored al-Qaeda rebels of using chemical weapons in a missile attack on the village of Khan al-Assal near the city of Aleppo. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said 16 people were killed and 86 wounded by the missiles reportedly containing “poisonous gases” fired from Nairab district.
Bush U.N. ambassador John Bolton tells Fox News the chemical attack was launched by Syrian government.
Rebels blamed the Syrian government for the deadly attack. “Why would the Free Syrian Army bomb themselves with a chemical weapon?” asked an FSA mercenary.
In December, al-Qaeda mercenaries seized a military base and chemical weapons research center near Aleppo. According to reports, mustard gas and nerve agents were allegedly stored at the center.
“Probably anyone from the Free Syrian Army or any Islamic extremist group could take them over,” Assad army defector, retired Maj. Gen. Adnan Silou, told the Washington Post.
The attack on Tuesday arrives one day before a meeting between Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Monday, we reported that during the meetings the United States and Israel will settle on a common goal – escalating the war in Syria and doubling up the effort to take out the Assad government and replace it with one more amendable to Israel and the United States.
Now that chemical weapons have appeared on the scene — regardless of which side actually used them — the United States and Israel have an excuse to escalate tensions inside Syria and confront Assad’s military directly under the weapons of mass destruction pretext.
On January 28, Alex Jones talked about a Syrian false flag including the use of chemical weapons: