On Friday, RF Gosduma Deputy Aleksei Pushkov, head of the RF Gosduma International Affairs Committee, stated that a US government report concluding that Syria used chemical weapons against rebels, crossing what US President Barack Obama has previously described as a “red line”, is a fabrication. He posted on Twitter, “Information about the usage of chemical weapons by [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad is fabricated in the same way as the lie about [Saddam] Hussein‘s weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq]”. US intelligence reports presented to the UN and the international community prior to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 claimed Saddam Hussein’s régime possessed weapons of mass destruction including nerve agents, ballistic missiles, and a nuclear weapons programme. The USA claimed the threat posed by those weapons justified the invasion of Iraq, but after the country was occupied, the alleged weapons of mass destruction were never found. Pushkov said that President Obama “is going the same way” as former President George W. Bush did then.
On Thursday, the White House said that it now believes with “high confidence” that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons many times during the two-year conflict there, and vowed to boost American aid to the armed opposition fighting to remove Assad from power. White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Obama had decided to provide further support, including military support, for Syrian opposition forces as a result of its conclusion that government forces has used such chemical weapons. Rhodes declined to clarify whether this support would entail providing arms to the Syrian opposition, but he said that American aid to armed opposition on the ground would differ greatly “in scope and scale” from assistance Washington had previously provided to the rebels. Rhodes said that the American goal is to “strengthen their effectiveness”. Syrian government officials have accused opposition forces of using chemical weapons against President Bashar al-Assad’s military in a March attack in outside of the northern city of Aleppo. Some 93,000 people are believed to have died since fighting broke out between Syrian government forces and rebels in March 2011, according to the latest UN figures.
14 June 2013
Let’s keep it simple. Both political factions in the USA support the anti-Orthodox side in the Syrian Civil War. Russia and China support the pro-Orthodox side. The konvertsy support the anti-Orthodox side; HH supports the pro-Orthodox side. Any questions?