5 Conspiracy Theories About Syria
Obama has declared that the use of chemical weapons is a “red line” that countries are not allowed to cross, even when engaging in a long and bloody civil war, as Syria is. The Geneva Protocol has prohibited the use of chemical and biological weapons since 1925, and some of Obama’s rhetoric to support his casus belli is that the U.S. has a duty to uphold this particular aspect of the international laws of war.
For the past dozen years the U.S. has been involved in constant overseas warfare. That may account for the lack of popular support for a military intervention into Syria, despite the fact that over 100,000 Syrians have been killed in the past two years of civil war, according to UN estimates.
But just as the need to protect the world from WMDs was Bush’s fabricated casus belli for the disastrous invasion of Iraq, it is possible that Obama’s chemical weapons casus belli could be fabricated as well.
Conspiracy theorists are not denying the deaths of 1,500 people, they are simply saying that the cause of these deaths might not be as simple as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turning chemical weapons on his citizens…
5. It Wasn’t a Real Chemical Weapons Attack
According to an article by Truthout, U.S. intelligence on the chemical weapons attack is spotty at best. Though the administration is very conscious of the intelligence mistakes made in Iraq, they are still hiding their current uncertainty in legalese and obfuscating language.
Truthout notes that while the U.S. government has “high confidence” that there was a chemical weapons attack, they are less clear whether the chemical was, in fact, deadly nerve gas. Though the U.S. and Britain get their Syrian intelligence from the same source, the reported number of casualties for this particular attack is nearly three times higher in the U.S. than in Britain. No wonder the British aren’t willing to support their ally in this military venture.
4. It Was All Just a Big Mistake
The rest of the conspiracy theories allow that a deadly nerve gas was released in the Damascus region, but not necessarily by the Assad government. MintPress News alleges that the attack wasn’t an attack at all, but just a tragic accident.
The article says that Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, gave a shipment of chemical weapons to a group of Syrian rebels with links to al-Qaeda. The weapons were to be used against Assad and his troops and were being stored in tunnels near Damascus until that time.
Allegedly, the rebels were unfamiliar with handling these weapons, set off an explosion, and released a nerve agent that killed nearly 1,500 civilians and rebel fighters.
3. The Qataris Did It
The Qataris, thanks to their oil and gas reserves, are some of the richest people in the world. This conspiracy theory suggests that Qatar flexed their military muscle on behalf of their Sunni coreligionists. According to a series of documents allegedly hacked out of Britam Defense, Qatar planned the chemical attack as a false flag action in order to goad the U.S. into attacking Assad.
While Obama may or may not have know of the Qataris’ intentions before the attack, he is now capitalizing on the tragic outcome to create a casus belli for U.S. intervention in Syria.
2. The Israelis Did It
Since 1948, Israel has been in a constant state of war with pretty much every other country in the Middle East. During its most recent war with the Palestinians in the Gaza strip it used chemical weapons – Israeli troops fired canisters of white phosphorus over heavily populated areas in order to blind and disorient their enemies.
Apparently, their previous actions make it quite easy for Lawrence Wilkerson, a former Bush staffer, to implicate Israel in these most recent attacks. He told Current TV that he thinks the release of chemical weapons was an Israeli false flag action to raise international condemnation against Assad and garner support for a combined U.S.-Israeli attack on Syria in the near future.
1. Obama Did It
Yes, President Obama has been unleashing the dogs of war since the news of the chemical attacks broke several weeks ago. But defense analyst Yossef Bodansky has published a theory that the Obama administration helped the Syrian rebels launch a chemical weapons attack on themselves so the U.S. could finally gain the international backing that it needs to forcibly overthrow Assad. Then, when the U.S. launched their inevitable airstrike, the rebels, using weapons supplied by the U.S. in anticipation of said airstrike, would begin a major ground offensive that would wipe out Assad in a matter of days. This, of course, has yet to happen.
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