Hypocritical U.S. accuses Syria of using chemical weapons (just like the U.S. does)
On Tuesday the White House press secretary Sean Spicer warned the world that there are “potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack” by the Syrian regime and its president Bashar al-Assad. Spicer further said that if this is true “he and his military will pay a heavy price” for it.
At the moment the region raises tensions between Washington, D.C. and Moscow. The announcement comes barely a week after the U.S.-led coalition shot down a Syrian army jet in the southern countryside of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s so-called ‘capital’. In response to this, Russia said it will hereby track U.S. aircrafts in certain areas of Syria as potential targets.
The United States, in addition, shot down an Iranian drone in Syria merely days after the downing of the Syrian jet. Here too is a place too worry. Iran is both an ally of Russia and Qatar. Tens of countries have in recent weeks cut diplomacy with Qatar, citing support for terrorism, and on June 23, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt handed Doha a 13-point ultimatum. The ultimatum, among other things, demand that the country cut ties to Iran, close a Turkish military base on its soil and close down Al Jazeera. This situation poses a risk to “serious conflict” in the Gulf, according to Konstantin Truevtsev, an expert at the Valdai discussion club and senior research fellow at the Institute for Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Back in May of this year, the White House also claimed the Assad regime has led thousands of its own people since 2011 when the civil war erupted and used a crematorium to dispose of their bodies.
Previous chemical attacks “by Assad”:
The claim that Bashar Al-Assad’s regime has been using chemical weapons on their own people is not new. On August 21, 2013, in the outskirts of Damascus, more specifically in Al-Ghouta, anywhere from 281 to 1,729 people were killed by a chemical attack containing sarin.
The following year, the United Nations Human Rights Council, after an investigation, confirmed that “significant quantities of sarin were used in a well-planned indiscriminate attack targeting civilian-inhabited areas” in Al-Ghouta.
The Obama White House, as well as the Arab League and the European Union, blamed Assad for the attack. September 9, then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that if Syria turned “over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community”, Assad could avoid a U.S. military strike. Just hours following Kerry’s proposal, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, called upon the Syrian leadership to do so.
By June 23, 2014, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Syria had handed over their “entire arsenal” of chemical weapons.
However, the Al-Ghouta chemical attack was never proven to be linked to Bashar Al-Assad and have been called a “false flag” carried out by the U.S.-led rebels — even though none of these claims have been verified.
2017 Idlib Incident:
Just like the Al-Ghouta attack, a similar incident was carried out in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province of Syria on 4 April 2017, killing at least 70 people. The province was held by Tahrir al-Sham, better known under their previous name, Jabhat al-Nusra or the Al-Nusra Front, an offshoot of al-Qaeda. This means that the information that came out from this incident was from al-Qaeda-linked sources.
In response to this alleged attack, the Trump White House, on the morning of 7 April 2017, launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on the Shayrat Airbase. Once again, Assad was blamed for an attack no one has been able to prove him responsible for. This time, however, he was attacked for it in a strike which killed 16.
U.S. use of chemical weapons in Syria:
The obvious hypocrisy in this story, however, comes when you read into how the U.S.-led coalition themselves has been using chemical weapons in the war-torn nation.
On June 14 2017, Human Rights Watch reported that the United States themselves has been using white phosphorus to battle the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
“No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” said the arms director at Human Rights Watch, Steve Goose.
Not only that, but the U.S. has further, according to officials, been using depleted uranium in Syria, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.
In other words, the U.S.-led coalition does the exact same thing as they claim Bashar Al-Assad of doing. The only difference is that no one is talking about regime change in Washington, D.C.