A new report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is being used by western media to grease the skids for President Obama’s upcoming air campaign inside Syria.
According to the report, “compelling evidence” indicates that chlorine gas was “systematically and repeatedly” used throughout northern Syria this year.
Although the report did not place blame on either Assad or the opposing “rebels,” western media outlets wasted no time in pointing fingers toward the Syrian government despite the claim already being completely dismantled late last year.
“Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons a year ago following global outrage over a sarin gas attack in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, in August 2013 that killed hundreds – the worst attack of its kind for quarter of a century,” Reuters wrote.
In fact, no major media outlets made mention of the ample body of evidence contradicting the official White House narrative on the Aleppo and Ghouta chemical attacks.
The Aleppo chemical attack, which occured in March of 2013, was immediately used to push for further intervention into Syria despite the lack of an official investigation.
Shortly after, Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, argued that evidence gathered from medical staff and those on scene appeared to point to the western-backed jihadist rebels.
“This was used on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she said.
Months later after a similar attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, the same narrative unfolded before investigators were even given a chance to survey the area.
The narrative quickly eroded after a group of rebel jihadists admitted to obtaining chemical weapons from Saudi Arabia in an interview with Mint Press News.
Abdel-Moneim said his son and the others died during the chemical weapons attack. That same day, the militant group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaida, announced that it would similarly attack civilians in the Assad regime’s heartland of Latakia on Syria’s western coast, in purported retaliation.
“They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”
“When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution.
US intelligence officials speaking with the Associated Press later admitted that the evidence linking Assad to the chemical attack was “no slam dunk.”
In December of that year, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh wrote a lengthy piece detailing the account of several high-level intelligence contacts in regard to the attack.
“In recent interviews with intelligence and military officers and consultants past and present, I found intense concern, and on occasion anger, over what was repeatedly seen as the deliberate manipulation of intelligence,” Hersh wrote. “One high-level intelligence officer, in an email to a colleague, called the administration’s assurances of Assad’s responsibility a ‘ruse’. The attack ‘was not the result of the current regime’, he wrote. A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening.”
Incredibly, those responsible for the chemical attacks are the same people President Obama is currently working to arm once again in Syria.
Three months before the Ghouta incident, Infowars reporter Darrin McBreen correctly predicted that a sarin attack in Syria would be blamed on President Bashar al-Assad as an excuse by the Obama administration for US military action.