Misconstruing a UN report: The latest neocon tactic of misinformation

The UN in Geneva has released its long-awaited report on the use of chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21.

The UN concluded:

1. Sarin gas was used in the attack.

2. The attack used at least two surface-to-surface rockets

3. One of the warheads containing sarin held 56 liters of the deadly chemical.

The UN report did not assign blame for the attack nor was assigning blame in the charter of the team of forensic investigators. However, France and the United States immediately used the report to blame Syria for the attack.

Cited as evidence were the two rockets used: an M14 artillery rocket with Cyrillic markings and a 330-millimeter rocket of unknown origin.

The UN report stated that the evidence found in rebel-controlled territory outside of Damascus could have been manipulated by the rebels or forces allied with the rebels. The CIA and Mossad have a particularly long and jaded history of manipulating evidence in false flag attacks.

Some Syrian rebels, including those affiliated with Al Qaeda, have been known to have access to sarin gas in Iraq. The rebels also have access to mountains of weapons in Iraq once possessed by Saddam Hussein’s armed forces, most of which were of Soviet or Eastern European origin and from countries that use the Cyrillic alphabet, including Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Serbia.

The United States is claiming that the Syrian rebels do not have the means to transport such weapons to Syria and, therefore, it is the Syrian government that is responsible merely by using the process of elimination. However, the Saudi intelligence service, the General Intelligence Directorate or Ri’asat Al-Istikhbarat Al-’Amah and its chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, nicknamed “Chemical Bandar,” does have the capability to pre-position the sarin rockets used in the attack on Ghouta. Saudi Arabia has been providing cash, weapons, training, diplomatic support, and jihadist mercenaries to the Syrian rebels to topple President Bashar al Assad and his government from power.

The quickness of the French and Americans to use the UN report to blame Assad’s forces for the chemical attack is designed to engineer through the UN Security Council a resolution authorizing the use of force against Assad the moment Paris and Washington conclude that Assad is not abiding by his promise to turn over his chemical weapons to international inspectors. The Russian government is keen on not allowing the UN Report on the Ghouta attack to serve American, French, Saudi, and Israeli interests in authorizing the use of force against Syria . . .

In fact, there is every reason to believe that the Saudis and CIA took full advantage of Syria’s current porous borders to sneak sarin and other chemical weapons into the country from Turkey, Jordan, or Lebanon. In addition, Saudi, Israeli, French, Turkish, and American intelligence agencies have deeply penetrated Syria and have established the networks required to have carried out a “false flag” chemical attack on August 21. Syrian jihadist rebels arrested inside Turkey with sarin gas were later discovered to be linked to Saudi intelligence, according to independent news reports coming out of Syria.

As for allegations that the chemical rockets were fired from Syrian government-held territory, Assad’s military command and control structure has reportedly been penetrated not only by foreign agents but also by Syrian army defectors. There is as much evidence, if not more, that the sarin attack was conducted by Syrian army turncoats or foreign agents than in any that suggests that Assad personally ordered the sarin attack.

In addition, the UN inspectors could not ascertain from where the sarin-laden rockets were fired. The report merely stated that they were fired from the “northwest.” The U.S., France, and suspect non-governmental organizations financed by hedge fund tycoon George Soros, all suggested, without evidence, that the rockets were fired from Qassioun Mountain, a location of Syrian military bases.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has tried to portray Al Qaeda elements as being only a very small fraction of the Syrian rebels and that the rebels would never think of using chemical weapons in a false flag or staged event designed to bring the United States and other NATO countries into the Syrian conflict. However, the U.S. Department of Defense now considers that jihadist extremists now represent over 50 percent of the Syrian rebel forces.

One of the jihadist Syrian rebel groups, the Al Aqsa Islamic Brigade, which is fighting alongside two other Al Qaeda-linked groups, the Tawhid Brigade and Jabhat al-Nusra, recently posted on its Facebook page an illustration of armed jihadist fighters marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, with the U.S. Capitol building engulfed in fire.

The recent disinformation released by the FBI regarding the September 16 massacre of U.S. Navy employees at the Washington Navy Yard, which is one mile from the U.S. Capitol building, has some informed observers wondering whether the original three reported gunmen, two in uniform, were part of a false flag terror operation carried out by Saudi and Syrian jihadist elements and which was to be blamed on the Syrian government. The U.S. Navy continues to station warships off the Syrian coast and they would be the first to be engaged in attacking Syria if Obama gives the order. The alleged lone gunman, former Navy aviation electrician Aaron Alexis, had recently been in Newport, Rhode Island, a hive of Saudi influence and money, where he reported to the police on August 7 that he was hearing voices from an adjoining hotel room. Alexis was a Navy subcontractor working for Hewlett-Packard, a firm which maintains a major presence in Saudi Arabia and which has provided information technology to Saudi intelligence and the military.

Congressional opposition to President Obama’s plan to seek the approval of the Senate and House of Representatives for a U.S. military strike on Syria is more intense after Assad’s agreement to give up Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile than before the agreement was worked out.

The U.S.-Russian Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons is viewed by Kerry as permitting the use of military force against Syria, under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. However, the Russian government only views sanctions against Syria if it fails to comply with the framework. In addition to chemical weapons, the framework also includes dual-use pre-cursor chemicals that are used in a number of industries, including oil, petrochemical, and manufacturing. If the United States concludes that all pre-cursor chemicals in Syria are not declared by Assad’s government and their locations opened to international inspectors, it wants to invoke Chapter 7 to militarily attack Syria. The framework does not cover the documented chemical weapons in Syria maintained by the rebel forces.

Also, by demanding that all suspected pre-cursor chemical sites in Syria to be opened to international inspection, there is the real possibility that the U.S. will salt inspection teams with NSA-CIA Special Collection Service agents to conduct espionage. The U.S. infiltrated intelligence agents into UN inspection teams in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to spy on Iraqi government communications.

The Syrian rebels have rejected the U.S.-Russian framework agreement and are pushing the propaganda line that Assad’s forces conducted the chemical attack and that Syrian government officials must be prosecuted for war crimes.

This article originally appeared in Strategic Culture Foundation on-line journal.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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