This should get interesting. The U.S. Intelligence Community – supported by the mainstream media and the political establishment – have maintained that Syrian President Assad launched a chemical weapons attack on his own people, killing around 72, including children and babies.
While the U.S. did release a four-page document on the matter, they of course didn’t offer any classified information that perhaps would more definitively show that Assad was behind them. Like the intelligence report on Russia/Trump collusion, this particular one read that they are “confident” that the Syrian regime carried out that attack, and that they have “confidence” in their assessment.
We didn’t believe them when they said they had confidence they were correct about Russian influence in our election. We pointed out that they offered no evidence. But if you question them now, you must hate America.
With or without evidence, this is not a matter that the U.S. should involve itself in. Otherwise, it would set a dangerous and costly precedent where the U.S. tries to stop all the atrocities in the world and tries to topple dictators and put in leaders whom we think would be better suited to their people.
I think it’s pretty obvious that there are ulterior motives here. If we all of a sudden viewed ourselves as this great humanitarian force, the U.S. would be bombing Africa.
In response to the U.S., Russia has come out to defend its ally, saying that they believe that Assad’s been framed. And they say that they have mounting evidence that the chemical attacks were orchestrated to provide an adequate pretext for the U.S. to respond the way they did. Bloomberg reported:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a chemical-weapons attack in Syria that provoked U.S. missile strikes on the Middle Eastern country may have been orchestrated.
“There’s growing evidence that this was staged,” Lavrov said at a Moscow news conference with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts on Friday. Publications including in the U.S. and the U.K. have highlighted “many inconsistencies” in the version of events in Syria’s Idlib province that was used to justify the American airstrikes, he said.
Russia, Iran and Syria want an independent investigation and those opposed to the call “don’t have a clear conscience,” Lavrov said. Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Wednesday that demanded the Syrian government cooperate with an inquiry into the suspected sarin-gas attack that killed dozens of people.
Russia did vote against that UN resolution, saying that blame was cast on Assad even before an investigation. “I’m amazed that this was the conclusion. No one has yet visited the site of the crime. How do you know that?” Russia’s UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov asked.
The fact that Russia is in favor of an independent investigation into the alleged chemical attacks seems to suggest that they don’t fear the results, and that they’re confident of what the findings will be.
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