December 06, 2012
Video: Syria Rebels Testing 'Tekkim' Chemicals on Rabbits?
There is no way to verify this video is indeed from some Syrian rebel group. It appears someone is making sure the audience knows the chemicals are from Turkey.
The area appears "too clean" to be from some rebel stronghold. I may be wrong, but this seems too convenient considering it was reported yesterday the Syrian Regime had loaded chemical weapons into bombs and the military is waiting Assad's order to use them.
Via Syria Tribune post with headline "A troubling video appears on YouTube showing rebel fighters testing chemical weapons in Syria". The YouTube account of the user is the same Syria Tribune:
The video (see here) starts with several scenes showing chemical containers with Tekkim labels (Tekkim is a Turkish chemicals company) and some lab equipment, while playing Jihadists chants in the background. A glass box then appears with two rabbits inside, with a poster on the wall behind it reading The Almighty Wind Brigade (Kateebat A Reeh Al Sarsar). A person wearing a lab mask then mixes chemicals in a beaker in the glass box, and we see some gas emitting from the beaker. About a minute later, the rabbits start to have random convulsions and then die. The person says: You saw what happened? This will be your fate, you infidel Alawites,(Islamists believe Alawites aren't 'true Muslims' Assad is a Alawite..ed] I swear by ALLAH to make you die like these rabbits, one minute only after you inhale the gas[...]
This alarming video poses many serious questions: Who is this brigade? What will NATO’s reaction be if this was proven to be a rebel group? Is this going to be used a false alarm in a pretext to justify war against Syria? How did these chemicals reach this brigade? Is Tekkim or the Turkish Government going to comment on this? How is this related to the defeat of rebel fighters in the airport battle? Questions left unanswered at the moment, until we see more of what is likely to be a horrific chapter of the Syrian conflict.
If this video is indeed truly from a rebel group, we are f**ked. I still find it too convenient though. Assad could kill his own people with chemical weapons and then say look, the rebels did it!
Update: Yes, the video may be too convenient. From Russia's TV network. Remember, Putin supports Syria:
Syria's military is preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels, and is awaiting final orders from President Assad according to un-named US officials quoted in the American media. Washington says THAT would be all the reason it needs to intervene in the conflict. And as RT's Middle East correspondent Paula Slier reports, the timing of these unsubstantiated WMD revelations may not be coincidence.
Also, RT talks to Dr. Ali Mohamad, the editor in chief of the Syria Tribune online magazine.