August 21, 2013
Rebels Accuse Syrian Government of Chemical Weapon Attack Killing Hundreds
I'm not sure what to think of this. On the one hand, the Baathist Assad regime is fully of genocidal maniacs who would use chemical weapons if they saw some overall advantage to it. On the other hand, those opposed to the Baathist Assad regime are full of genocidal maniacs who have no qualms about making stuff up or worse -- killing a bunch of people and then making it look like the regime did it.
So, on the one side a bunch of liars. And on the other side a bunch of liars.
But my gut instinct says ... the timing, it stinks. Assad would launch a chemical weapon attack three days into a visit by UN inspectors investigating chemical weapons attacks? That would be ..... dumb:
Syrian activists accused the government Wednesday of launching a massive chemical weapons attack that killed scores of people in the Damascus suburbs and left makeshift hospitals packed with victims gasping for breath.Of course, the regime denies they were involved. The only way I see this as a bona fide chem weapon attack is if elements within the regime, without the higher ups knowing, did it. Or maybe Hezollah got hold of some WMD. But Assad can't be that stupid, can he? It would be like the Iranians testing a nuclear bomb they claim they don't have the same day UN inspectors were in country.
The death toll from the alleged attack — which the government strongly denied — varied vastly. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 100 people were confirmed killed but that the number was likely to rise, while the Syrian Opposition Coalition claimed that at least 1,300 people died. The opposition Damascus Media Office also put the toll at more than 1,000.
Any one else have a plausible explanation for this?