Syria breaking news: President Bashar al-Assad did not order last month's chemical weapons attack. Phone calls intercepted by the German surveillance ship “Oker” indicate that Assad was not himself involved in last month’s chemical weapons attack. The German surveillance ship “Oker” is operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and is deployed off the Syrian coast, reported the German newspaper Bild am Sontag on Sept. 8, 2013.
The navy ship the “Oker” has been cruising in front of Syria’s coast for the past four months and intercepted several communications among officials in Syria indicating that Assad refused to engage in a chemical weapons attack.
The pressure to use a chemical attack on its own citizens and against rebels came from Syrian military commanders. However, Assad refused to succumb to the pressure.
Syria’s president, Bashar Hafez al-Assad, who was born on Sept. 11, 1965, became Syria’s president in 2000, succeeding his father, Hafez al-Assad, who led Syria 30 years prior to his death.
Before becoming Syria’s president, Bashar Hafez al-Assad was quiet, reserved, and lacked any interest in politics or the military. After graduating from high school in 1982, Bashar Hafez al-Assad studied medicine at the Damascus University and eventually went to England for a postgraduate training in ophthalmology at the Western Eye Hospital, part of the St Mary's group of teaching hospitals in London.
Bashar Hafez al-Assad was called back home to Syria after his older brother Bassel, who was to be the future president of Syria, died in a car accident.
Replacing his brother’s destiny and following in his father’s footsteps, Bashar Hafez al-Assad was groomed to become a politician, was propelled through the military ranks, and became what he is today.
Unfortunately, since Bashar Hafez al-Assad has lived both in the eastern and western world, he is in the middle of a much broader conflict; a conflict that appears to be beyond his control.
The German intelligence findings concerning Assad's personal role in the chemical weapons attack are reflecting Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s struggle against his own military commanders, his struggle against rebels, his struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas.
Beyond Syria, his military commanders, and rebels, Bashar Hafez al-Assad has conflicts with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.Quite interestingly, Assad used to have rather friendly relationships with the western world.
The New York Times reported on June 12, 2012, that Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad hired American-based PR firms and consultants.
“With the help of high-priced public relations advisers who had worked in the Clinton, Bush and Thatcher administrations, the president [Bashar al-Assad ]and his family have sought over the past five years to portray themselves in the Western media as accessible, progressive and even glamorous.”
According to the Bild.de report, Britain has supplied Syria over the past few years with “Natriumfluorid,” a chemical that can be used to produce Sarin.
Similar to the U.S. and Britain, France has also received money from Syria according to a Middle East Quarterly report.
“The French government has reportedly sold weapons systems such as self-propelled howitzers equipped with night vision gear to Syria. As in the case of Iraq, there are lingering questions of Syrian payments to French politicians.”
Knowing about Bashar Hafez al-Assad former ties to the western world and knowing about the intercepted calls picked up by the German navy ship along the coast of Syria might explain why German Chancellor Angela Merkel is cautioning against an attack on Syria.
The head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND), Gerhard Schindler, gave confidential briefings to the German parliament's defense and foreign affairs committees. In addition, the chief of staff of Germany's armed forces, General Volker Wieker, also told lawmakers the influence of al-Qaeda linked forces within the rebels was becoming stronger and stronger.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is emphasizing that Germany would not take part in any military intervention but that the use of chemical weapons should not go without response.
The big question that is not being answered in the American media is who really is responsible for the chemical weapons attack.
And what is the real reason that Obama so desperately wants to attack Syria?
According to a Sept. 9, 2013,TheTelegraph report, Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman, “have called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to swiftly give up power in order to end his country's unrest.”
“The rebel Free Syrian Army's military council head General Mustafa al-Sheikh told AFP that ‘a real war of attrition’ was underway in Damascus, with the Assad regime collapsing.”
In accordance with the information provided by the German intelligence, Assad certainly had many reasons not to order the chemical attack. Except Assad, everyone seems to want to benefit from the chemical weapons attack in Syria.