Conspicuously missing from reports that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad used toxic chemical weapons against his own people in the countryside of Idlib, Syria last week is perhaps the most critical element – proof that Assad was behind the attack.
The timing of the attack is surely convenient for those bad actors who might benefit from a war in Syria – the same ones who lied about the necessity of regime change in Libya and Iraq. President Trump had announced plans for troop withdrawal from the embattled Syria just days before the alleged attack.
The timing is strange on Assad’s part, too. Why would a supposed murderous dictator want Americans traipsing around his nation for any longer than necessary? We were all but ready to leave, when all of sudden Assad gasses his own people, ensuring that we will not leave. Does Assad have an affinity for American troops of which the general public is unaware? Does he want us to stay?
It just does not make sense.
Without proof, the fear-mongering mainstream press (save Tucker Carlson), have continued to act as the lap dog of the deep state. According to them, Assad is a bad guy, and he has to go.
But where is the proof that Assad ordered the chemical attacks? It’s a simple question that deserves answering before the American taxpayer pays to depose another secular dictator in the Middle East, and troops are sent there to be killed in the process.
The evidence is, at best, thin. At worst it is non-existent.
Yesterday, Big League Politics reported that Secretary of Defense James Mattis said during a congressional hearing that there was no evidence yet of the Assad regime’s involvement in the chemical attacks.
Jerusalem Post reported an anecdote they say links Assad to the attacks.
“The [Syrian regime] forces shelled a strategic site controlled by the rebels named ‘Bardaya Hill,’ and three of the rebels who suffered suffocation as a result of the gases were sent to Israel for treatment,” Abo Omar al Golany, spokesman for the Revolutionary Command Council in Quneitra and the Golany, allegedly told them.
Notice the words “Syrian regime” are in brackets in the quote, meaning that Jerusalem Post took the liberty of adding those words in themselves. Golany did not say “the Syrian regime forces,” he said “the forces,” which begs the question: which forces was Golany talking about?
According to BBC, “Activists, rescue workers and medics say dozens of people died when government aircraft dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals on the formerly rebel-held town of Douma on Saturday.”
No names and no pictures or video evidence from the activists or rescue workers? The anonymous sources are impossible to verify, and their supposed testimony is declared as fact.
Note that none of this suggests that it is impossible that Assad committed the atrocity, but we have been wrong about this very issue before.
Mattis himself said in February that there was no evidence that Assad used chemical weapons on his own people s he was he accused of doing twice, in both 2013 and 2017. The two chemical attacks remain “unsolved mysteries.”
The UN themselves had testimony stating that Syrian rebels, not the regime, launched a chemical weapons attack in 2013.
War-weary Americans deserve concrete evidence before invading yet another Middle Eastern nation.