Nikki Haley, United States’ Ambassador United Nations, shows pictures of Syrian victims of chemical attacks as she addresses a meeting of the Security Council on Syria at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (The Associated Press)
Thanks to Russia’s limited intervention, Assad’s position in the civil war has gone from strength to strength. The military balance has swung dramatically in the government’s favour, while Trump has acknowledged that putting Syria into the hands of Wahabbist crazies would not be in the United States’ best interests, and said just days ago that the US will no longer go after President Assad as a war criminal. Why then would Assad risk throwing all this away for the sake of a shocking and provocative, but militarily insignificant, chemical weapons attack ? It would be an act of the most extreme folly.
“Even if you take no sides, it doesn’t make sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gas. I think there is zero chance that he would have done this deliberately.” ~ Ron Paul
”I am therefore for now unconvinced that this was a deliberate use of chemical weapons by Assad forces. I do not rule it out, but it would take much more concrete evidence than currently offered to prove they did something so strongly and obviously against their own interest. But western governments and media have determined to make that the narrative, so the truth is, as so often in modern geo-politics, entirely incidental to the course of future events.” ~ Craig Murray
”At the start of the Vietnam War, when I was 19, we were told that North Vietnamese ships had attacked an American ship and they started bombing North Vietnam. Three-and-a-half million Vietnamese died in the years that followed. And then 20 years later it comes out that that was all complete fiction – made up – and so I never rush to accept anything I’m told by America, it is all about American imperialism.” ~ Ken Livingtone
Deleted Daily Mail Online article, (January 29, 2013) : “US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad”