There is a faction of people who claim that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was done by rebels who were equipped with chemical weapons by an al Qaeda backer for the purpose of forcing the U.S. and allies to engage against Bashar al-Assad. It is customary among some right-wing news agencies to conjure up stories in an attempt to undermine President Obama’s credibility. They often turn out to be false or just a litany of diatribes.
Now, consider this indisputable fact: Bashar al-Assad’s government possesses an illegal stockpile of chemical weapons.
- It is a reported fact that the U.S. intelligence monitors have witnessed the transport of such weapons by Syrian forces.
- It is a reported and confirmed fact that the Syrian military has used chemical weapons on two occasions.
Some contrarians believe that Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan supplied the chemical weapons to the rebels, some or all of which were in knowing about their content and how to use them safely. As a consequence, on the story reports that the rebels blew themselves up transporting the chemical warheads.
The allegation continues that the Saudi faction is supporting the al Qaeda in Syria and that the chemical weapons story is a way to force the U.S. and allies to take sides, particularly the rebel’s side.
That sounds too convoluted to this analyst who first believes that anything is possible, but one story is more probable than others.
The Infowars story alleges that the sources behind the report are credible. Well, maybe, but much more evidence would be necessary, and even then, the preponderance is that the Syrian government used chemical weapons that are in their possession.
"Rebels Admit Responsibility for Chemical Weapons Attack
Militants tell AP reporter they mishandled Saudi-supplied chemical weapons, causing accident
Paul Joseph Watson
August 30, 2013
Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta have admitted to Associated Press correspondent Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for last week’s chemical weapons incident which western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.
“From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families….many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” writes Gavlak. (back up version here).
Rebels told Gavlak that they were not properly trained on how to handle the chemical weapons or even told what they were. It appears as though the weapons were initially supposed to be given to the Al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra.
“We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” one militant named ‘J’ told Gavlak.
His claims are echoed by another female fighter named ‘K’, who told Gavlak, “They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them. We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”