by Keith Johnson
Who is really foaming at the mouth? Innocent children subjected to sarin gas by the “evil” Syrian ophthalmologist Bashar al-Assad, or the rabies infected, mad dog state of Israel?
Oh, it’s an Israeli spy, is it? You mean a spy whose agency motto is “By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War” ?
Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons – probably nerve gas – in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar al-Assad, the Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst said on Tuesday.
The assessment met with skepticism from the United States, which has declared any use of chemical weapons in Syria’s two-year-old civil war a “red line” that could trigger intervention.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the latter “was not in a position to confirm” the briefing given by Itai Brun, a military intelligence brigadier-general, at a Tel Aviv conference.
“I don’t know what the facts are,” Kerry told reporters in Brussels.
Netanyahu’s office declined comment on Kerry and Brun’s remarks, made a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said while visiting Israel that Washington’s spy agencies were still assessing whether such weapons had been employed.
“To the best of our understanding, there was use of lethal chemical weapons. Which chemical weapons? Probably sarin,” Brun told Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies in the most definitive Israeli statement on the issue.
Forces loyal to Assad were behind the attacks on “armed (rebels) on a number of occasions in the past few months, including the most reported incident on March 19″, Brun said.
The Syrian government and rebels last month accused each other of launching a chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo.
Brun’s comments were likely to deepen international concerns over events in Syria. Kerry said separately on Tuesday that NATO needed to consider how practically prepared it was to “respond to protect its members from a Syrian threat, including any potential chemical weapons threat”.
FOAMING AT MOUTH
Speaking with a Powerpoint presentation showing what appeared to be a wounded or dead child, Brun said that foam coming out of victims’ mouths and contracted pupils and “other signs” indicated deadly gas had been used.
Another Israeli military officer with knowledge of Brun’s briefing said it drew on secret intelligence other than material available in the public domain.*
*Empasis mine. Once again, we are beholden to Israel’s “secret intelligence.” Hardly worth more than a chuckle.
Another article from the New York Times pushes the same spooky narrative but also reveals an important point:
None of the assertions — by Israel, Britain or France — have been made with physical proof of chemical weapons use. Experts say the most definitive way to prove the use of chemical weapons is to promptly gain access to the site to collect soil samples and examine suspected victims.
Lest we forget about Israel’s history of making wild assertions–Here’s just one random example, excerpted from a USATODAY article published on December 4, 2003, entitled General: Israelis exaggerated Iraq threat:
“In an article in Strategic Assessment, a publication of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, [Shlomo Brom, who was a senior Israeli military intelligence officer and is now a researcher with Israel’s top strategic think tank] said weapons of mass destruction probably would not be found in significant quantities in Iraq.
He said Israeli intelligence overplayed the potential danger before the war. Based on intelligence warnings that a U.S.-led invasion could trigger an Iraqi missile attack on Israel, possibly with chemical or biological weapons, the Israeli military ordered citizens to update their gas mask kits. As the war began, the military told Israelis to prepare for an imminent attack and carry the masks with them everywhere.
Israelis largely ignored the order, and even Cabinet ministers were seen without the kits. In the end, Iraq did not fire missiles at Israel.”
I thought I’d let one of Israel’s own speak rather than be accused of putting out biased opinions.
Anyway, since Israel is allowed to make their own unsubstantiated claims, why can’t we do the same thing?
Hey, at least we’ve got pictures and audio, Israel? Where’s yours?