Following from an interview with Charlie Rose and subsequent reports, Assad says that he did not order that Syrians be gassed and that errant military may have done it.
Who is in charge here, President Assad?
He might answer, “Well, I am, but like in the United States, the President doesn’t always get what he wants.”
Look, there is no doubt about two facts:
- Assad’s government possesses a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons against international agreements signed onto by 98% of the world’s governments.
- Assad’s government allowed weapons from the stockpile to be used against Syrian people, and that happened either by direct order, by errant military, or by rebels invading the stash, or by combination of those things.
- 1,500 Syrians died as a result, and the government is responsible for that.
- Syrian people are not free and secure in their sovereign nation that is now in a civil war.
American intelligence has observed Assad’s military moving weapons from the stockpile on multiple occasions.
The question is, does this circumstance amount to sufficient evidence for foreign intervention? One of the main concerns is that the government has lost control of the dangerous stockpile. Will robot-controlled bombing solve that problem? If so, how?
German intercepts indicate that Assad did not authorize the use of chemical weapons as he did not authorize requests by his military to do so. That would fuel the U.S. to make the military a target.
“Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval
German surveillance suggests chemical attack unauthorized, Assad also tells PBS's Charlie Rose that he did not gas his own people, as White House continues to press claim
By David Stout Sept. 09, 201318 Comments
A news ticker refers to the situation in Syria as a couple look at a map in Times Square New York, September 8, 2013.
Government forces in Syria may have launched the chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed more than a thousand civilians last month before receiving a go-ahead from President Bashar Assad.
According to an article published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, a German spy ship intercepted repeated communications from forces loyal to Assad asking for permission to use chemical weapons; however, their requests were consistently denied.”