Yesterday, several outlets reported claims by the Syrian Rebels that the Assad regime had launched a chemical attack into the suburbs of Damascus killing hundreds of men, women, and children. As we noted yesterday, the timing is highly suspect as UN weapons inspectors are currently in the country looking for evidence of chemical weapons use. In response to the allegations the UN Security Council was prepared to call for a “thorough, impartial, and prompt investigation” of the Damascus suburbs. According to Britain’s deputy UN ambassador, the move had the support of 35 nations including the United States, France, and the UK. The Times of Israel reports that it also had the support of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. However, in a two hour closed-door meeting the strong call for an investigation was blocked by Russia and China. A Russian official also stated that the claims of chemical weapons use were a “planned provocation on the part of the Syrian opposition.”
I still think the entire thing is highly suspect. We have been reporting that the United States is working with nations in the Middle East to create a buffer zone and protect the beginnings of a “liberated Syria.” The President needs outage from the people of the United States and the rest of the West to support the move. It will be much easier for him to justify military action in Syria if the country is demanding it. This attack would certainly be the catalyst for that anger and the mainstream media is certainly doing their part to get the word out.
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