Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The visit by the United Nations inspectors to the Damascus suburb, in a half-dozen vehicles escorted by Syrian security forces, came shortly after Mr. Assad denied that his forces had used poison gas.
In an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia, published on Monday, Mr. Assad said accusations that his forces had used chemical weapons were an “outrage against common sense” and warned the United States that military intervention in Syria would bring “failure just like in all the previous wars they waged, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day.”
ITS NOT SO MUCH THAT YOU'RE DEAD THAT TAKES CENTER STAGE … RATHER THE FOCUS IS ON HOW YOU GOT THAT WAY! HOW RIDICULOUS! THINK DEATH PANELS IN OBAMACARE … THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT?
Why would Mr. Assad invite the United Nations investigators into the country to determine what?
Is the use of "chemical weapons" worst than a "nuclear weapon", both achieve the same goal. The use of the atomic bomb in Japan achieve the mission at the expense of innocent civilians, so how is the use of "chemical weapons" any different?
Mr. Kerry noted that on Thursday he told Walid al-Moallem, the Syrian foreign minister, that if the Assad government had nothing to hide it should provide
immediate access to the attack site.
“Instead, for five days, the Syrian regime refused to allow the U.N. investigators access to the site of the attack that would allegedly exonerate them,” Mr. Kerry said. “Instead, it attacked the area further, shelling it and systematically destroying evidence.” What bull-shit!
He said: “The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable, so is killing by any means! More bull-shit!
On Capitol Hill, top House and Senate Republicans called on the administration to confer with lawmakers before any military strike and to make the case to a skeptical public. The White House on Monday reached out to Speaker John A. Boehner after Mr. Boehner’s office noted publicly that he had not heard from the president on Syria.
CONGRESS HAS CONCEDED ITS AUTHORITY LIKE A WHIMPERING DOG HAS ROLLED OVER AND SPREAD ITS LEGS ~ TOTAL SUBMISSION TO THE PRESIDENT!
“The speaker made clear that before any action is taken there must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress, as well as clearly defined objectives and a broader strategy to achieve stability,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Mr. Boehner.
SOUNDS LIKE THE PROVERBIAL CHICKEN JOKE …
Others welcomed the signals from the administration that it was preparing to take action. Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, said Mr. Assad “has crossed more than a red line and the United States must act in the interest of our national and global security.”
In Israel, a senior government official made a similar argument and suggested that Iran would be monitoring how the United States and its allies responded.
Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of international affairs, strategy and intelligence, told international reporters at a briefing on Monday morning in Jerusalem that it was “crystal clear” that Mr. Assad’s forces used chemical weapons last week and called the United Nations investigation effort a “joke.” WOW … ISREAL IS ON AL-QAEDA'S SIDE AND SO IS OBAMA … REALLY UPSIDE DOWN. PERHAPS "WE" SHOULD JUST STAY OUT OF THIS …
Mr. Steinitz said that Iran, which provided arms to the Assad government and sent members of its paramilitary Quds force to fight with the Syrian military, should also be held responsible. “The Iranians are already trying to isolate themselves from the use of chemical weapons,” he said. “This is a kind of hypocrisy.”
Doctors Without Borders reported on Saturday that about 3,600 patients had been treated at three hospitals it supports for symptoms that appeared to stem from exposure to chemical weapons.
On Monday, the group said that 70 of the 100 volunteers who had taken care of these patients in on of the hospitals had also become ill and that one volunteer had died.
The organization was trying to replenish the depleted stocks of atropine, which is an antidote used to treat victims of chemical attacks, at the hospitals that treated the patients and was also rushing supplies to other medical facilities in Syria.
Reporting was contributed by Ben Hubbard from Beirut, Lebanon; Rick Gladstone from New York; Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem; Alan Cowell from London; Andrew Roth and Noah Sneider from Moscow; and Sebnem Arsu from Istanbul.
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