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  •  Russian gov't organ pre-defends Assad gas attack: (0+ / 0-)

    Russia Today, a Putin mouthpiece that some American leftists are gullible enough to treat as a legitimate source, pre-accusing the rebels of a false-flag operation three days ago:

    Meanwhile, recently information surfaced about armed Syrian opposition planning a provocation with the use of chemical weapons. Reportedly, they have obtained chemical weapons from Libya and plan to use it against Syrian civilians, shifting the blame for the atrocity on the government forces.
    You can read the piece over and over, and you won't ever find a source for this claim beyond "recent information" and "reportedly."

    But of course there's no way Assad would ever use chemical weapons, because George Bush invaded Iraq, and America is always the real villain.  Also, I can spell Mossedegh, so checkmate, warmongers!

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:25:22 AM PDT

    •  HA! (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course, this time last year Russia Today would be saying any notion Libya still had chemical weapons was US & rebel propaganda against Gaddafi, who was actually a really swell guy because he seldom raped his female bodyguards.

      I fucking hate the fact that my Time Warner cable package includes Russia Today but not the NFL network.

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      by TarantinoDork on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:32:23 AM PDT

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    •  I gather you believe some parts of that report (0+ / 0-)

      but not others?

      ...
      Some Israeli politicians claim the Syrian government is already using chemical weapons against its population. A senior member of the ruling Likud party, Ayoob Kara, told Israel Radio on June 9 that the Syrian government is using “chemical weapons against men, women, and children.”

      They have become the latest in the chorus of Israeli high ranking officials who have rushed to voice their concerns over Syria’s alleged chemical arsenal.
      ...
      "Since in the not-distant past the powers chose military intervention in Libya, here the required conclusion would be immediate military intervention to bring down the Assad regime,” he said.

      But he made it clear that Israel would not take part in the intervention.
      ...
      In the light of the recent Israeli rhetoric over Syria’s alleged chemical stockpile threat, fears arise that the chemical weapons ghost story might become an excuse for a foreign intervention into the country.

      There has already been a precedent when the alleged weapons of mass destruction were used as an excuse for a foreign military intervention in Iraq.

      •  Competant propaganda always contains both. (0+ / 0-)

        I believe that the Israeli politicians actually said those quotes.

        Also "alleged chemical weapons stockpile" lol.

        I know you like to bend over backwards to defend Assad, but do you seriously not find it at all suspicious that a Russian government organ would pre-accuse the rebels of using a false flag gas attack, just as a gas-armed regime starts getting desperate?

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 07:40:50 AM PDT

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