8.4 million children have been affected by the war in the Syrian Arab Republic. 500k children made orphans. Tens of thousands of children have been killed, caught up in the crossfires of a war that has forced them to grow up earlier than any child should have to. Their childhoods have been stolen, and international intrigue has much to do with their suffering. Is this the revolution the native opposition in Syria wanted? Is this the conflict the Syrian people needed? Or is this the battle foreign interests, regional and international powers, desired. To once again turn Syria into a playground for a proxy war. The Syrian Civil War now has very little to do with the hopes and aspirations of the people of Syria.
The alleged sarin gas incident in Khan Shaykhun is just one more story where logical and empirical patterns of thought are tossed aside in order to promote a political agenda. Namely, main stream media campaigns and deep state operations are hatched to provoke international condemnation against the Syrian government at key moments of the conflict. When the Syrian army is on the offensive, against ISIS in east Syria and Al Qaeda-linked rebels in West Syria, a horrific story is brought to international attention in the hopes that it will change the trajectory of the war. Likewise, on the eve of an international peace conference that the Syrian government is going into with the upper-hand, this story is brought the front page and Western and anti-Assad governments play their part to pull at the heart strings of their publics, instead of focusing on what are verifiable facts.
The endgame for Syria increasingly appears to be one of ceasefires, brokered between local forces on the ground and US-Russian cooperation towards the dismantlement of terrorist networks in Syria and Iraq. Unless the powerful forces vying against peace in Syria have their way. Then all bets are off and this war could escalate further, wreaking more havoc on civilian populations.
It was only a few days ago that Senior White House officials, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN ambassador Nikki Haley were suggesting a future for Assad in Syria. Tillerson said directly the future of Syria would be decided by the Syrian people. It appears some governments and media outlets didn’t like that at all.
QUESTION: About President Assad, should he stay or should he go?
SECRETARY TILLERSON: I think the status and the longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.
Why then, with that sort of goodwill and so near a new round of peace talks would the Syrian government deliberately provoke international condemnation by using sarin gas on a civilian population in the small town of Khan Shaykhun, which lacks any strategic value at this stage of the war? The Syrian government, before the rebels launched fresh operations on Hama, was largely maintaining in a holding pattern in Western Syria as the Syrian army focused its firepower against the criminal zealots of the Islamic State.
The mainstream press has cheerleaded for Al Qaeda in Idleb, along with the French, British, and American governments, and now are jumping to conclusions before any stories on the ground have a chance to be corroborated or facts on the ground proven true. Much like the chemical weapons incident of 2013 where the Obama administration nearly launched military action against the Syrian government based on WMD claims that were later proved false. What we do know is that rebel forces including ISIS and Al Qaeda, have in their possession chemical weapons, and it’s unclear at this stage of the investigation what party in Syria’s civil war had a role in this tragic incident.
The Syrian government has denied launching sarin gas at civilian populations. Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem questioned the motives of those attempting to use this unverified incident to make demands on Syria while in the middle of an anti-terror campaign. He said in statements to the UN…
Addressing journalists in a press conference Thursday, al-Moallem said: ” You were briefed on the statement of the Army and Armed Forces General Command and the statement made by the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry which was sent to the UN Security Council and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and all of these statements included the absolute rejection of that the army used in the past or uses now or will use in the future any chemical weapons and we condemn using such weapons.
Even officials from the United Nations have voiced dissent that has boiled to the surface.
Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.
The United Nations Secretariat had come out to say media reports released by rebel groups cannot be verified at this time. United Nations Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday…
The United Nations secretariat cannot verify media reports about a chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib that killed dozens of people, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday.
“We are not currently in a position to verify the reports. I saw that earlier today the OPCW fact-finding mission has already announced that it began gathering the information to attempt to confirm the chemical weapons were used,” he said.
All we know for sure is that there are more dead Syrians today than there had been yesterday. A full investigation should be impartially handled through the United Nations, as the Russian resolution at the Security Council suggests. The US-UK-French resolution seeks to condemn the Syrian government, and that has been their position from the moment they found out about the incident. The Western coalition is jumping to conclusions, while the Russians are attempting to reach provable determinations. There are many agendas in Syria, and its the responsibility of the international community to find what is true and a lie. The media may make assertions before fact-checking, but our international organizations should be above this, and look at all arguements.
Of course, the impartial investigation the Russians and much of the world community are seeking can never happen. Idleb is under the de jure control of Al Qaeda, and UN inspectors would never be allowed inside Idleb province to launch a full investigation. Even if they were, their safety would be constantly under threat by these extremists. So it seems we will have to endure another lie that will be sloganeered in the press and from governments opposed to the Syrian government. They will never go back to look at evidence that appears in the future. What is important to them is not the facts, or getting to the bottom of the chemical gas incident, but punishing the Syrian government, and with the government, the Syrian people will suffer as well.