Clear indications that Syria is NOT using chlorine as a weapon

One of the reasons cited about why the Syrian army allegedly used Sarin in August 2013 in the eastern Ghouta area near Damascus was the baseless claim that the rebels were on the verge of victory and Sarin was the only way to stop them. This claim is not based on facts but wishful thinking with a clearly pro-rebel bias.
None of the reporters covering news of that battle front in the time of the attacks seriously claimed the rebels were close to any serious military breakthrough. On the contrary, the consensus was that the Syrian army had the upper hand.

This along with the fact that it was the Syrian government that had invited the chemical weapons instructors makes it highly unlikely that the Syrian army would resort to a single and relatively small scale chemical weapons attack in the very moment of the presence of international experts.

Now, let´s take a look at the allegations of the use of chlorine as a weapon by the Syrian army.
Even taking the claims of rebels in Idlib at face value, the question remains what military purpose single barrel bombs – allegedly filled with chlorine – are supposed to achieve. Does the Syrian army get a military edge, a clear battlefield advantage, by dropping a couple of such bombs on isolated targets? The chlorine attacks – if they really occured – have killed very few people and among those even fewer rebel fighters, so why should the Syrian army use a weapon which is media-politically a great own goal and military totally useless?
Thus there is valid reason for scepticism regarding chlorine attack accusations.
Below are some good articles focusing on such accusations and more or less refuting them:

1. http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/03/about-those-chlorine-gas-attacks-in-syria/
„According to its report, in May 2014, an OPCW team tried to investigate at the site of alleged chlorine gas attacks. The Syrian government gave the OPCW team passage to the rebel controlled area but the convoy was attacked by a rebel faction. None of the team members was injured but that stopped their on-site investigation. Instead, the OPCW worked with the well-funded opposition-supporting Violations Documentation Center to arrange interviews with numerous people from three villages. The interviews were conducted outside Syria, probably in Turkey. They gathered photographs, videos and other evidence and expressed “high confidence that chlorine had been used as a weapon in Syria” in three villages. They did not ascribe responsibility…The interviews with villagers were done with OPCW “working closely” with the partisan “Violations Documentation Center.” How did OPCW verify the integrity of the witnesses?“

This is a very good question. The VDC is 100% pro-rebel and totally biased. For instance, the VDC reports on the casualties of the Syrian war. Apart from the fact that it calls all non-government casualties „martyrs“ while calling government casualties „regime fatalities“, the organization makes the doubtful claim that adult-males make up 73% of civilian casualties:
http://www.vdc-sy.info/index.php/en/
This makes no sense as there is no reason why the portion of adult men among civilian casualties should be so high.
This proves that the VDC is no neutral source and all but reliable.

2. http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/20/biased-reporting-on-syria-in-the-service-of-war/
This article examines (and exposes) the main sources:
“ Syria Civil Defence was funded and created by UK and USA. Initial training was provided in Turkey by former British military officer and current contractor based in Dubai. In the past year Syria Civil Defence has been rebranded as “White Helmets” by “The Syria Campaign” which itself is the creation of corporate PR firm. Syrian Civil Defence (aka White Helmets) is heavily into social media and actively campaigning for a No Fly Zone.“

Next, the article analyzes some of the „evidence“:
„Video of the three dead children is tragic but it’s questionable how they actually died. Scenes from the medical clinic indicate illness but not the cause. Scenes showing the “proof” of a “barrel bomb” containing “chlorine cylinders” is highly dubious. Some of the scenes are almost comical with one person in full hazmat gear, another with mask and another casually with hands in pocket and no mask at all. Then we have someone talking to camera with a bulldozer and some scrap metal on the ground. Then there is the figure holding what they report as a container with a “red liquid”“

Finally, it proves that the Al Nusra front has access to chlorine since 2012:
„the major chlorine gas producing factory in northern Syria was over-run and seized by Nusra rebels/terrorists in late 2012…The factory owner reported there were about 400 steel cylinders of chlorine gas, one Ton each, captured by Nusra/Al Qaeda along with the factory.“
http://world.time.com/2013/04/01/syrias-civil-war-the-mystery-behind-a-deadly-chemical-attack/

3. The well-known bipartisan blogger „AngryArab“ cites a western middle east journalist rightfully casting doubt on the chlorine use allegations:
https://twitter.com/leithfadel/status/600205503235497984

4. This article analyzes the „evidence“ from the only alleged chlorine gas attack that resulted in more than one death, the attack from March 16th, 2015:
http://libyancivilwar.blogspot.de/2015/04/what-killed-talebs.html
The summary of the articles findings includes the following: „Clinical signs point away from chlorine, and from aerial delivery and towards a locally-administered drug overdose.“
The article is worthy of reading in full as it shakes the foundation of the accusations and refutes the so called evidence.

In conclusion I would like to quote the second of the four sources above with the most important question: cui bono?
the Syrian government has nothing to gain and everything to lose by using chlorine gas. Especially after the UN Security Council made a specific resolution regarding use of this industrial gas, why would they arouse world ire and hostility against themselves by using this weapon? Why would they do that when they have conventional explosive weapons which are more deadly? On the other hand, the ones to benefit from such an accusation against the Assad government are the armed opposition and other proponents of a No Fly Zone in northern Syria.“

Further, with regards to Human Rights Watch´s (HRW) war mongering, I recommend these articles:
http://www.alternet.org/world/nobel-peace-laureates-slam-human-rights-watchs-refusal-cut-ties-us-government?hc_location=ufi
https://radioyaran.com/2015/05/10/why-are-amnesty-international-and-human-rights-watch-hrw-fact-faking-against-syria/

Hezbollah vs. Saudi Arabia in Syrias war

In contrast to Saudi Arabias (or Qatars) military engagement in Syrias war there is quite comprehensible reason behind Hezbollahs involvement.
Hezbollah is subject to clear and present existential danger in case of the victory of mainly radical sectarian insurgents who for years have demonstrated their deadly anti – shia violence in Syria and Iraq.
There was and is obvious reason to assume that a CIA backed and Israeli supported „rebellion“ won’t stop at regime change in Syria but would also immediately cut the life line of Hezbollah in Lebanon. With the constant and increasing Israeli threat at the southern gates of Lebanon Hezbollah cannot afford to lose the Syrian supply channel.

Having shown why Hezbollah accepts significant casualties to ensure its survival it is barely comprehensible why Saudi Arabia goes at lengths to beat and remove the Syrian government and Hezbollah.
None of them poses a threat to Saudi Arabia, nor have they attacked Saudi Arabia. There is not even a frontier.
Essentially there is one neighbouring country that is highly pleased with Saudi Arabias huge support for the anti – Hezbollah forces: Israel, the country that not only occupies Palestinian land but also has attacked and fought every surrounding Arab country.

The Nusra Front wants to be considered „moderate“ but don´t be fooled

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„Al-Qaeda ‚orders Syria’s Al-Nusra Front not to attack West'“
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32913509

Ah really? But Al Nusra (JN) did this already by destroying the two major western backed factions of CIA „vetted moderate rebels“ going by the names of Syrian Revolutionaries Front and Harakat Hazm:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Nusra_Front%E2%80%93SRF/Hazzm_Movement_conflict

Word has been that Nusra might „dissociate“ from Al Qaeda, but this is actually irrelevant and only window-dressing, just like Nusras attempt to portray itself as the „good islamist jihadis“ fighting the „real“ bad guys of IS.
While Al Nusra and IS have fought eachother on some fronts, on others they have been cooperating, e.g. in Qalamoun and in the Yarmouk camp:
http://www.ibtimes.com/al-qaeda-isis-cooperate-lebanon-thats-just-temporary-tactic-1828258
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/articles/middle-east/18134-isis-and-nusra-are-one-in-yarmouk-camphttp://www.weaselzippers.us/219703-bad-news-isis-and-al-nusra-front-team-up-in-syria-seize-sprawling-palestinian-camp-on-assads-doorstep-in-damascus/

Nusra should not be appeased or sugarcoated under any circumstances as the group has committed severe crimes:
– Killing members of pro government media:
The station’s studios were destroyed with explosives. Seven people were killed in the attack on Al-Ikhbariya TV, including four guards and three journalists. Al-Nusra claimed responsibility for the attack and published photos of 11 station employees they kidnapped following the raid… Mohammed al-Saeed, a well-known government TV news presenter, was kidnapped by the group. On 3 August 2012, al-Nusra published a statement saying that al-Saeed had been executed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Nusra_Front#Designation_as_a_terrorist_organisation
– mass executing prisoners of war:
„28 Syrian soldiers were killed as well as five Nusra fighters. Some of the captured soldiers were summarily executed after being called „Assad dogs“. The video of these executions was widely condemned“
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Nusra_Front#Designation_as_a_terrorist_organisation
– kidnapping and executing lebanese soldiers:
https://humanrightsactivists.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/nusra-front-kills-lebanese-soldier-promises-more-if-prisoners-not-released/
– kidnapping nuns
– kidnapping UN peace keepers- beheading people and throwing them into bakery ovens:
„They (the attackers) then headed to the checkpoint located on the edge of the city before moving to the clinic, where they slaughtered one from the medical staff and put his head in the popular market. They then dragged his body in front of townspeople who gathered to see what was happening. Bakery workers who resisted their machinery being taken away were roasted in their own oven. Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic Front fighters went from house to house with a list of names and none of those taken away then has been seen since.“
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/30/shell-shocked-syrian-town-freed-after-savage-massacre/

Here are few of hundreds of video clips of Al Nusras extremely brutal executions including beheadings, not only targetting soldiers but also civilians including women. I warn viewers that these are very graphic scenes, I use to make clear that Al Nusra are sectarian mass murderers:

Jabhat al-Nusra executing and brutally beheading 3 Syrians:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6b8_1398446167
Al nusra terrorists executing syrian soldiers
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=809_1395163651
Jabhat al-Nusra Executed a Woman in Ma’arrat msren in the countryside of Idlib For adultery
http://www.raqqa-sl.com/en/?p=286
https://i0.wp.com/m.clarionproject.org/sites/default/files/Jabhat--al-Nusra-Executes-Woman-for-Adultery-HP.jpg
https://i0.wp.com/d.ibtimes.co.uk/en/full/1412359/jan-have-threatened-execute-lebanese-soldier.jpg
SYRIA EXECUTION VIDEO
https://i0.wp.com/www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/multimedia/dynamic/00299/P30_ALE_1024_299712k.jpg

Truths about the Yarmouk camp that western mainstream media and Arab channels suppress

The twisted and flawed „logic“ of many western and (Gulf) Arab media outlets regarding the Yarmouk camp of Palestinian refugees in Damascus goes as follows:
– The Palestinians in Yarmouk (but also in other camps) hate Assad and support the „revolution“
– Assad and the Syrian government (who for more than 40 years have been hosting the Palestinians) hate the Palestinians because they are (mostly) Sunnis
– The Syrian army is bombing the camp, keeping it under siege and starving the inhabitants
– The inhabitants love and support the Syrian rebels because the latter „defend“ the Palestinians and fight against the „regime“
– Only anti-Assad Palestinian factions in Yarmouk are fighting against ISIS

If someone is interested in a more authentic and less propagandist version of the camps recent story, I refer to following articles:

<<„There is intermittent fighting between Palestinian factions and IS and Al-Nusra Front which are trying to retake positions in the centre of Yarmuk,“ Khaled Abdel Majid, head of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front which is close to Syria’s regime, told AFP…He said Syrian regime aircraft have bombarded Al-Hajar al-Aswad, which is jihadist-held.>>
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/contents/afp/2015/05/syria-conflict-yarmuk.html

pro-Assad Palestinian militias are fighting a grinding battle to the death against the Islamic State.“
<<“The cease-fire details were in place and ready to be implemented by the end of March 2015 when the terrorists of Daesh and Nusra launched their attack on the camp, scuttling all previous efforts,”>>
„The recent battle against the Islamic State, for instance, saw a number of defections from Hamas-controlled militant group Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis — previously allied with opposition factions in the camp — to the regime side, after the Islamic State beheaded 10 Aknaf men. But other fighters from the group defected to Nusra and the Islamic State. According to Palestinian sources, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is based in Qatar, made several calls to PFLP-GC leader Jibril, as well as Hezbollah and Amal leaders in Lebanon, in order to secure the safety of Aknaf fighters. Now, approximately 160 Aknaf fighters are fighting alongside the regime
<<Unlike Hamas, we are loyal to Syria. Syria was loyal to Palestine.”>>
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/05/04/inside-the-ruins-of-yarmouk-refugee-camp-syria/

while the civilian population is suffering the lashes of hunger, thirst and dwindling medical supplies, militants inside the camp appear to be largely unaffected by the siege. On the contrary these groups seem to be well-armed, fully weaponized (at least to the extent that enables them to retain full military control over the majority of the camp despite the ongoing siege) and on multiple occasions have even instigated clashes and firefights with the Syrian army.

This begs the question: what prevents these militants from using their own supply routes and active ammunition channels to soften the impact of the regime-imposed siege on the civilian population inside the camp, keeping in mind that areas bordering Yarmouk from its southern entrance are controlled by the “rebels” themselves? ““
https://radioyaran.com/2015/04/11/why-is-the-yarmouk-camp-suffering-the-true-reasons-not-western-propaganda/

Iraks Armee und die „Todesschwadrone“

Man bescheinigt allenorts der irakischen Armee mangelnde Disziplin, Kampfkraft und Organisation.

Dann kommen selbst sunnitische Stammesführer und bitten die schiitischen „Hashd Shaabi“ (Popular Defence) um Hilfe. Was passiert? SPONs Raniah Salloum muss sofort einen Artikel schreiben, indem diese Miliz kollektiv und pauschal als „Todesschwadrone“ diffamiert wird.

Bevor man allzu schnell die schiitischen Milizen als Todesschwadrone in Sippenhaft nimmt und so tut als ob es in Irak alternativ jede Menge „säkulare“ reguläre sunnitische (oder andere schiitische) Milizen mit nennenswerter Präsenz gäbe sollte man mal darüber nachdenken, wie die „berüchtigten“ „Todesschwadrone“ entstanden:
Als Reaktion auf eine nicht abreissende und quasi sofort nach der Entmachtung Saddams in 2003 einsetzende Serie verheerender Anschläge auf schiitische Zivilisten mit tausenden Toten.

Die mediale und „physische“ Hetzjagd gegen Iraks Schiiten hat nichts mit der erst später einsetzenden Repression der Sunniten zu tun und war keineswegs eine „Reaktion“ der Sunniten auf irgendwas.
Wer die Ideologie der Zarqawis und anderer „Gründungsväter“ der IS oder der syrischen Al Nusra kennt weiss, dass diese Jihadisten ihren Hass auf Schiiten (pseudo-)historisch und nicht zeitgeschichtlich begründen.

Seltsam: 92% der angeblich zivilen erwachsenen „Regimeopfer“ in Syrien sind männlich

Anhand der Statistik des eindeutig pro-Rebellen orientierten „Violations Documentation Center“ (VDC) sind „zufällig“ 92% der vermeintlich zivilen Opfer des Regimes männlich (adult-male):
http://www.vdc-sy.info/index.php/en/

Das sollte jedem klardenkenden Menschen zu verstehen geben, wie tendenziös und parteiisch solche Quellen Daten ermitteln und verbreiten.

Schmutzige Rolle der Medien im Syrienkrieg

Die negative Rolle der Medien in der Radikalisierung speziell des syrischen Konflikts kann man gar nicht übertreiben.

Nicht nur die IS sondern viele ideologisch leicht abweichende Gruppierungen innerhalb der syrischen Rebellenlandschaft bekamen und bekommen immensen Zulauf von inner- und aussersyrischen Extremisten, weil die Medien systematisch und gezielt den Konflikt in Syrien verzerrt und einseitig darstellen.

Dem Leser/Zuschauer/Zuhörer wurde suggeriert, die syrische Regierung und Armee sei eine „Alawiten only“-Veranstaltung und von Hass auf die sunnitische Mehrheit des Landes getrieben.
Assad sei einfach ein blutrünstiger Diktator, der nicht den geringsten Dissens dulde und das Land bewusst in Schutt und Asche lege und das Volk „massakriere“, nur weil letzteres Bisschen Reformen, Demokratie und Freiheiten wollte.
Das arme geknechtete Volk habe dann nach „Monaten“ geduldigen Ausharrens und Erleidens vieler Opfer schlussendlich zu Waffen gegriffen und sich gewehrt.

Verschwiegen wurde
– dass 60% der syrischen Streitkräfte und Milizen Sunniten sind (inklusive Generalität und Piloten)
– dass viele Schlüsselministerien (u.a. das Verteidigungsministerium, das Aussenministerium) mit Sunniten besetzt sind
– dass wesentliche Teile der Familie Assad (u.a. seine Ehefrau) Sunniten sind
– dass Assad zwar viele Gegner hat aber weite Teile grösserer sunnitischer Städte (wie Damaskus und Aleppo) mit ihm sympathisieren

Auch Ausdrücke wie „Assadarmee“ oder „Assadkämpfer“ sind tendenziös. Würde jemand von der Obamaarmee oder den Netanjahukämpfern sprechen?