wrongfully blamed for Ghouta's gas attack. Evidence shows insurgents
bear full responsibility. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was
clear and unequivocal, saying:
"We have the most serious grounds to believe (Ghouta's attack)
was a provocation." Assad had nothing to do with it.
"There is no answer to a number of questions we have asked, such
as where the weapon was made - at an official factory or using homemade
methods," Lavrov added.
Clear evidence shows insurgents have sarin and other toxic chemicals.
Pentagon contractors trained them in their handling and use.
They have surface-to-surface missiles to launch them. They have motive,
opportunity and capability to do so. They've done it multiple times
before. They've been caught red-handed with toxic agents.
According to Russian political analyst Sergei Markov:
"We hear this argument that the rebels are not technically or morally
capable of doing such a thing, and we simply don't accept that."
"We'd like to see previous instances (of toxic chemicals used)
properly investigated, because you will find that the rebels have used
poison gas before in this conflict."
"Logic dictates, and the evidence indicates, that this is also
what happened near Damascus on Aug 21."
"It would be a tragedy if the rebels succeeded in getting the West
to go to war for them because of this. "
On September 5, McClatchy publications headlined "Russia gave UN
100-page report in July blaming Syrian rebels for Aleppo sarin attack,"
"(T)he report included detailed scientific analysis of samples
that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack,
Khan al Asal in northern Syria. The attack killed 26 people." Another
86 were harmed.
At the time, UN spokesman Farhan Haq acknowledged receiving the report.
It wasn't released. It was ignored. It was suppressed. Doing so reflects
coverup and denial. It shows UN support for Obama's imperial agenda.
According to McClatchy:
Russia's report contained "scientific detail." It contrasts
markedly with "the far shorter intelligence summaries that the
United States, Britain and France have released to justify their assertion
that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons against (Ghouta)
on Aug. 21."
"The longest of those summaries, by the French, ran nine pages.
Each relies primarily on circumstantial evidence to make its case, and
they disagree with one another on some details, including the number
of people who died in the attack."
Russia's investigation conformed to strict Organization for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) protocol procedures.
Evidence collected went to OPCW-certified laboratories in Russia for
"The Russian report is specific," the ministry statement said.
"It is a scientific and technical document."
Lab analysis said Russia's report showed shells used "w(ere) not
regular Syrian army ammunition." They were "artisan-type (munitions)
similar to unguided rocket projectiles produced in the north of Syria
by the so-called gang 'Bashair An-Nasr.' "
Soil and shell samples contained sarin. It was "not synthesized
in an industrial environment." It wasn't how sarin is made today.
It resembled what was "used by Western states for producing chemical
weapons during World War II."
OPCW experts examined Syrian soldiers harmed by the March attack. What
happened in Ghouta, they said, must acknowledge prior insurgents use
of chemical weapons.
"It is obvious that any objective investigation of the incident
on Aug. 21 in East Ghouta is impossible without considering the circumstances
of the March attack,” their statement said.
According to McClatchy:
"The Russian statement said Russian officials had broken the Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' code of silence on such probes
only because Western nations appear to be 'preparing the ground for
military action' in retaliation for the Aug. 21 incident."
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden dismissed Russia's
"We have studied (it) but have found no reason to change our assessment."
Mother Agnes Marian de La Croix heads the International Support Team
for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS). She believes 150,000 foreign jihadists
operate internally. They're waging war against the Syrian people.
They're responsible for repeated atrocities, she said. "I don't
understand what the world wants," she added. "To help Al-Qaida?
To establish a jihadist state in Syria?"
Obama's intervention will strengthen them. "That is what the world
wants? Another Afghanistan?" Another disaster?
On September 16, Mother Agnes headlined "The Chemical Attacks in
East Ghouta Used to Justify a Military Intervention in Syria."
ISTEAMS' preliminary report includes vital information too important
to ignore. Its Forward states in part:
"From the moment when some families of abducted children contacted
us to inform us that they recognized the children among those who are
presented in the videos as victims of the Chemical Attacks of East Ghouta,
we decided to examine the videos thoroughly."
"Our first concern was the fate of the children we see in the footages.
(They're) in the hands of adult males that seem to be elements of armed
"(O)ur study highlights without any doubt that their little bodies
were manipulated and disposed with theatrical arrangements to figure
in the screening."
"If the studied footages were edited and published to exhibit pieces
of evidence to accuse the Syrian State of perpetrating the chemical
attacks on East Ghouta, our discoveries incriminate the editors and
actors of forged facts through a lethal manipulation of unidentified
"Thus we want to raise awareness toward the humanitarian case of
this criminal use of children in the political propaganda of the East
Ghouta Chemical Weapons Attack."
ISTEAMS preliminary study Conclusion said in part:
"Concerning the alleged Chemical Attack on East Ghouta, the International
Support Team for Mussalaha (Reconciliation) in Syria has studied some
of the 13 videos nominated by the US intelligence Community to exhibit
pieces of evidence to incriminate the Syrian State."
"We have found that three nominated videos present evidence of
artificial scenic treatment using the corpses of dead children."
"Studying the whole videotaped documentations available online
we find that the civilian population in East Ghouta as presented in
those videos is inconsistent with the composition of a real Syrian civilian
"There is a flagrant lack of real Syrian families in East Ghouta,
as presented by the videos. Who are the children that are exposed in
"Where do they come from? Where are their parents? How did they
get killed? Where are their bodies buried?"
"We think (based on) the evidences of media manipulation that are
shown in this Study and other studies, there is a moral obligation to
launch an International investigation and arrest Warrant under the yellow
and black notice to find and identify the Syrian children bodies used
in a criminal way in the so called Chemical Attacks of East Ghouta."
"Only then total light will be shed on this historical case of
On September 18, Voice of Russia (VOR) headlined "Syria hands Russia
proof (of) rebels use of chemical weapons."
On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met with
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.
Both officials stressed resolving Syria's conflict diplomatically. Ryabkov
said "Russia does not accept any UN Security Council resolution
based on Chapter Seven concerning the Russian initiative."
Evidence UN inspectors found must be carefully analyzed, they said.
Moscow is "disappointed," added Ryabkov. UN analysis is "incomplete."
It's suspect. Important questions are unanswered.
"Without the full picture of (what happened in Ghouta), we cannot
but call the nature of conclusions drawn by UN experts as politicized,
biased and unilateral," Ryabkov stressed.
UN inspectors prepared their report at random, he said. It lacks credibility.
Conclusions are "lopsided." They're one-sided. They're tainted.
They exclude a full picture of what happened.
Ryabkov said Syria gave Moscow "new evidence." It shows insurgents
used chemical weapons.
"This is really true," said Ryabkov. "Just now we were
given evidence. We need to analyze it." He didn't elaborate further.
Throughout months of conflict, insurgents used chemical weapons multiple
times. They have access to sarin and other toxic agents. Russia's Aleppo
attack analysis proves it. So does other clear evidence. Coverup and
denial don't wash.
Russia believes insurgents bear full responsibility for attacking Ghouta.
Assad had nothing to with it. Stopping Obama's imperial madness matters
most. Doing it depends on reporting important truths. It requires dispelling
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