US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power claims that a new report from the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria offers “proof” that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war.
The claims stem from the OPCW report claiming eye-witnesses saw barrel bombs being dropped from helicopters. The use of barrel bombs has been increasingly common in the civil war, and the bombs amount to little more than an oil drum with explosives in it.
In this case, Power claims that the combination of barrel bomb sightings and eyewitnesses who “smelled chlorine” in the same general vicinity amounted to proof that the bombs themselves contained chlorine.
This rests on a broad assumption, of course, and also raises questions about why Syria, at the time a nation with a huge, advanced chemical weapons arsenal, would be using makeshift chlorine gas bombs, the chemical weapons of the early 20th century, instead of their actual arsenal.
The OPCW says it believes chlorine gas may have been used as a weapon but never assigned blame to either the government or the rebels. Power is attempting to connect that to the barrel bombs, which have been exclusively used by the government, to assign that blame.
9 thoughts on “US Claims Report Offers ‘Proof’ Syria Used Chemical Arms”
Samantha Power should piss off and shut up.
No one believes what US, what Evil US says.
This could be a US response to thinking the propaganda and demonizing is failing. We can only hope!
Is this the beginning of a concerted propaganda campaign ahead of planned U.S moves against Assad?
Good grief. Some idiots are still insisting on this lie?
The sad part is that there are people who will believe this garbage. When really the facts now point to a false flag operation. Of course our fascists in charge of the government/media killed the Seymour Hersh story. Never let the facts stand in the way of starting a new war!
More false rubbish dug up from the recent past. And, who or what the hell is the "OPCW"?
Smelling chlorine doesn't mean much to me. Least of all that something associated with that smell (apparently 'chloramines') constituted a chemical weapon.
Those other than USg, and her short list of approved thugs, kill people in naughty ways. USg kills people in nice ways. Santa will remember.
Even if true, Power is a neocon seeking to make sucking you dry in e.g. another military campaign plausibly appealing to you on some principle that she imagines people are afraid to disagree with. I happen to disagree that occasional chlorine use is especially more heinous than routine shock amputation by high explosive…or white phosphorous use (by US/Israel). And it's absurd that this bs caused a neighbor of evil incarnate to disarm in 2013.
Make up new lies to cover the old lies. It's the American way!
I wonder sometimes if people like her actually believe the bulls**t that is spewing out of their mouths. My god, someone dropped a barrel bomb from a helicopter and someone smelled chlorine. Do we need more "proof"?
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