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  •  First of all the "evidence" is very shaky (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, koNko, CcVenussPromise

    This is from Asia Times Online  29 August

    a ''moderate'' Syrian ''rebel'' thinks about all this. Haytahm Manna, in exile for 35 years, is a key member of the non-armed Syrian opposition (yes, they do exist). But he's not following the script; he's resolutely against Operation Tomahawk ...

    Worse; he debunks the US government's ''evidence'' of a chemical weapons attack as ''propaganda'' and ''psychological war''. He stresses the chemicals were launched with ''artisanal weapons''; that ties up with Russian intelligence, which is sure gas that it was delivered by a homemade missile fired from a base under opposition control (extensive details compiled here; scroll down to ''Qaboun rocket launches'').

    The link (compiled here - above) is in French. Here is a portion of it translated by Google:
    This is a setup. It is known that chemical weapons have been used by Al Qaeda. But the Free Syrian Army and groups linked to Al Qaeda leading 80% share of their operations to the north. A month ago , Ahmad Jarba [ which coordinates the armed opposition ] claimed that he would change the balance of forces on the ground. But the opposite happened , the loyalist army took over the land. Only direct intervention could therefore help rebels get away ... If Al Qaeda is responsible , it must be said loud and clear . If this is the plan, you must obtain a UN resolution. And do not let two or three countries unite their friends, not all advisable elsewhere.

    Orwell - "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"

    by truong son traveler on Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 12:45:24 AM PDT

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