ASSAD CHALLENGES WEST TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE HIS TROOPS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS – In an interview with Le Figaro newspaper Bashar al-Assad was more than candid over the issue as to whether his troops were ordered to use chemical weapons against the Rebels and civilians in Damascus.
Assad has challenged both the U.S and French Government to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt that, chemical weapons were used by Syrian troops.
Assad stated that it would be illogical for his troops to use such weapons; this is evident when a number of troops died in the attack. Assad went on to say that Syrian soldiers would never have used any weapon in an area that would put themselves at grave risk.
On Monday John Kerry, the U.S Secretary of State, declared that the U.S intelligence services had uncovered, through blood and hair samples taken from victims, that sarin gas was used.
However, whilst the use of chemical weapons has been fully established, Assad claims that this still provides no evidence that he or Syrian troops were the ones responsible for their use.
“We challenged the U.S. and France to show us proof, but Mr Obama and Mr Hollande were incapable even when asked to do so by their own peoples.” Bashar al-Assad.
Assad went on to say that whilst the Syrian armed forces ‘might’ possess chemical weapons, no Syrian soldier would ever consider using them; especially when they are at risk.
The question as to whether Assad gave the order to use chemical weapons was left hanging in the air but he did point out that such an attack is completely illogical.
Assad suggests that the attack on 21 August 2013 was perpetrated by the Rebel groups in order to garner international sympathy and support for their cause.
Assad pointed out that any attack on Syria would result in a strong retaliation that would most likely lead to a protracted war with near global implications.
With Iran already stating its position that any attack on its ally, Syria, would result in Iran coming to its aid. It is suspected that Iran’s involvement could escalate into attacking Israel.
“The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching today. You can’t only talk about what the Syrian response will be, but what could happen after a first strike. And no one knows what would happen.
Everyone will lose control of the situation when the powder keg explodes. Chaos and extremism will be widespread. The risk of a regional war exists.” Bashar al-Assad.
Whilst few would agree with Assad’s methods of retaining control he does make a poignant supposition in the possible ramifications of any western intervention.
Like it or not Assad clearly unveils the issue of ‘proof’ for at this time none exists. The U.S has said that it knows that sarin gas was used but this in itself is no proof of who perpetrated the atrocity.
The U.S has claimed that it has intelligence that clearly shows Assad and his Syrian troop were the ones that used the chemical weapons but have refused to release the information as the U.S Government deems such information ‘classified’.
Already members of Obama’s administration have used the term ‘weapons of mass destruction’; an almost identical ruse used by Bush and Blair to sanction the incursion into Iraq.
What the people want is proof and this has to be crystal clear and undeniable and if the U.S Government has such proof then they must present it to the world before arbitrarily engaging on any military strikes upon another sovereign nation; for we cannot afford or justify such an attack without absolute and unequivocal proof.