There is NO proof that the Syrian government is responsible for the CW attack in Ghouta

I know this seems like old news to people now, but it is already becoming an accepted fact that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Ghouta back in August. I want it known, for the record, that not ONE SINGLE SHRED OF EVIDENCE exists to support this claim.  There has been much talk about the UN teams findings in Syria, and I want people to see part of the report for themselves.

“United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic

Report on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in the Ghouta Area of Damascus on 21 August 2013

Appendix 5, p. 18

“Limitations: The time necessary to conduct a detailed survey of both locations as well as take samples was very limited. The sites have been well travelled by other individuals both before and during the investigation. Fragments and other possible evidence have clearly been handled/moved prior to the arrival of the investigation team.”

Appendix 5, p. 22

“Limitations: As with other sites, the locations have been well traveled by other individuals prior to the arrival of the Mission. Time spent on the sites was well used but limited. During the time spent at these locations, individuals arrived carrying other suspected munitions indicating that such potential evidence is being moved and possibly manipulated.”

These appendices say it all. The only evidence available about the alleged means of delivering a chemical weapon is tainted beyond all use. In a court of law, these munitions pieces would be found inadmissible.  The UN talks in their report about being able to determine the trajectory of a missile based on it’s location and position, but if all these parts have been handled prior to and during the UN investigation, how can any conclusions be drawn. Meanwhile, Russia submitted a detailed report to the UN presenting evidence that the anti-government forces used chemical weapons, but no one seems to be talking about it.

“BERLIN — Russia says a deadly March sarin attack in an Aleppo suburb was carried out by Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, and it has delivered a 100-page report laying out its evidence to the United Nations.

A statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website late Wednesday said the 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.

A U.N. spokesman, Farhan Haq, confirmed that Russia delivered the report in July.

The report itself was not released. But the statement drew a pointed comparison between what it said was the scientific detail of the report and 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 Damascus suburbs 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.”

I read the French report myself, it presents nothing close to admissible evidence. In fact, there wouldn’t even be enough to warrant a trial, let alone attempt a conviction. It is nothing more than speculation and assertion. I would love to hear the UN conclusions about the Russian report. If the anti-government forces used chemical weapons, shouldn’t they face consequences? Should the US government keep arming them?


About LeilaPiazza

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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One Response to There is NO proof that the Syrian government is responsible for the CW attack in Ghouta

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