UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today rejected US demands to withdraw chemical weapons inspectors from Syria, with those familiar with the conversation saying he “stood firm on principle.”
US and other Western officials are desperate to retain the narrative of Syrian chemical weapons use, and seem to be anticipating the UN investigation doing serious harm to that claim.
That’s why after initial demands to allow inspectors into the site, the US suddenly reversed course when Syria agreed, insisting it was “too late.” Since then, officials have maintained that they are already convinced of Syria’s guilt because of media reports and rebel accounts, and are preparing to launch attacks in the next couple of weeks.
British officials went a step further and tried to preempt the investigators’ results, saying that the evidence might conceivably have been destroyed or “tampered with” and that what the investigators tell the world about what happened in Jobar couldn’t be trusted anymore.
Mirroring the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, officials have already made their decision and are now trying to do anything and everything they can to avoid evidence coming out that would ruin their scheme.