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Behind the Hype and Headlines of Syria

The sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians on August 21, 2013 was a horrific crime. The scenes of people writhing in pain and expiring was not something that any rational human being would or should be able to turn away from. There’s not much controversy that gas was used. Looking at the videos of the attack leaves little room for doubt.

There is, however, a controversy about who was responsible. According to an article initially published by the Mint Press and later picked up by, rebels admitted to receiving the materials from Prince Bandar Bin Sultan the chief of Saudi Intelligence.

There’s also another issue. In the law there’s a concept called “clean hands.” If you go to court insisting that another party do the right thing, then you better be coming to court with clean hands. According to a recent report in Sunday’s Daily Record and Sunday Mail, published in the UK, the British government approved the sale of chemicals from which sarin could have been manufactured ten months after the war began. This is the United States Government’s closest military and political ally. I’m not surprised Parliament is outraged and refusing to authorize Britan’s involvement in an attack which increasingly looks like it’s going to be the sole endeavor of the U.S. Government.

All of this should raise questions that should halt a missile attack which, by its nature, must cause “collateral damage,” raining death and destruction on the civilian population, thereby causing more children to be maimed and killed. It’s now been revealed by Business Insider that the Israeli Government has granted drilling rights to oil companies associated with Dick Cheney in the Golan Heights of Syria. That’s when you know what the war is really about.


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