UN: Syrian Rebels, Not Government, Used Sarin
Contrary to recent claims made by the US and UK governments, a leading United Nations investigators has said that all of the evidence her team has collected suggests that it was Syrian rebels, and not the Syrian government, who have used Sarin gas – a deadly chemical weapon banned under international law.
The United States and the United Kingdom, both long time supporters of the Syrian rebels despite their strong al Qaeda connections, have previously claimed to have uncovered evidence that the Syrian government had used Sarin against its own people. The US claimed to have medical evidence that civilians had been exposed to Sarin, whilst the UK claimed to have soil samples showing the residual presence of the gas; neither government gave any indication as to why they assumed that it was the government who had deployed the gas, despite the fact that there was already evidence that the rebels had used chemical weapons and no evidence that the government ever have. This has raised much suspicion amongst members of the alternative press that they are attempting to use false intelligence on WMDs to justify a pre-planned invasion of Syria, in much the same way as they did in Iraq.
US President Barack Obama famously said that such use of chemical weapons would constitute a ‘red line’ which, if crossed, would trigger more direct US military intervention in the Syria’s civil war (currently they just send ‘non-lethal’ military aid such as armoured vehicles and body armour). In April President Obama announced his suspicions, and seemingly re-affirmed the ‘red line’ by saying that if the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government was verified it would be a “game changer”. Since then the US military has announced that it is ‘reviewing its position’ on Syria – which many took as the clearest sign yet that America is mulling a direct military campaign on Syrian soil.
Carla del Ponte, a leading UN investigator, has told Swiss television that her team has uncovered ”strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof” that Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons. She also said that they have not yet seen any evidence at all of government forces using chemical weapons.
In another interview on Swiss radio she said that:
“According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas… We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm (the findings) through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas.”
Del Ponte’s team are due to present their findings to the UN Human Rights Council during its next session in June.
Sarin is a powerful neurotoxin which was originally developed by Nazi scientists in the 1930′s. It is particularly dangerous due to the fact that it is colourless, odourless, and even a single drop can be deadly.
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