In Seymour Hersh’s recent book The Killing of Osama Bin Laden he touches on the infamous sarin gas attack on Syrian civilians back in 2013. Children died in that as well. It turned out that the sarin used in that attack was different than the gas that Assad had given to the U.S. which we took possession of and destroyed.
The theory is that certain entities in our own U.S. government enabled rebel factions in Syria to use the gas on their own people, in order to entice the U.S. into war with Assad. Luckily, under Obama, the ruse didn’t work. Unfortunately, this time this black op has been successful.
It makes exactly zero sense that six days after Assad finally “wins” — with the U.S. proclaiming that his removal from power is no longer our focus — that he suddenly sees fit in early April to engage in the ultimate provocative behavior that paints a target on his back all over again.
Why on earth would anyone of sound mind do such a thing?
And yet, Charles Blow “explains” in the New York Times, that loosening the grip on Assad “emboldened” him to poison a few civilians with gas.
For what purpose? Even if someone has nothing but contempt for Assad, normal rules of common sense still apply. Assad is not stupid or a maniac, he is someone who wants to stay in power. The United States had granted him that just last week.
It pains me that Syrian civilians are being used in this manner, as pawns, to advance an agenda. But ample precedent exists for just that.