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Today I want to continue looking at what is happening in Syria. What is happening in Syria is a very important issue. It could spark a regional, or even a world, war. How we deal with it is extremely important.
The first thing I would like to mention is that Syria was not always a Muslim Nation. At one time it was a Christian nation. One of the first translations of the Bile, if not the first, was the Syriac. Paul started his missionary journey from Antioch, which is in Syria.
So, how did Syria become a Muslim nation? By the sword of Islam.
Lets talk a bit about the red Line. President Obama said he drew a read line, but in reality the red line was drawn in 1920 when, after WWI, the League of Nations was formed and most nations of the world agreed that chemical weapons would not be used again. President Obama just re-emphasized the existence of the line and said we would respond if it was crossed. To better understand my thoughts on this read my post from Tuesday.
What I want to deal with do day is a subject many of you are asking. Did Syrian rebels have Sarin gas? Did they use chemical weapons to discredit Assad?
Our government, through John Kerry said that they know that it was Assad, and not the rebels that used the gas. But what evidence have they given to back this up? I haven’t seen any.
If you will remember when I first started talking about this situation I suggested that this was a possibility and we should get firm evidence before reacting.
To answer this question I am going to refer to a great article from The Guardian Newspaper. This a credible source. You can read the article yourself here.
I am just going to give you some quotes from the article. You can read them in context and draw your own conclusions.
“The US has evidence that sarin nerve gas was used in chemical attacks outside Damascus last month that killed at least 1,429 civilians, more than 400 of whom were children, the secretary of state, John Kerry, has said.
“Barack Obama has now begun the task of persuading members of Congress to authorise military action against Syria, even though Kerry has said the president has the “right to strike” regardless of the outcome of the vote.
“France is the only country firmly on board among the major military powers, after Britain rejected the use of force in a vote last week, and a return to parliament for a new vote has been ruled out.
“But how did these events unfold, why is Obama seeking congressional approval, and what effect will a military attack have on the country and the region?
“Ian Black, the Guardian’s Middle East editor, answered a selection of your questions about Syria.
“The Syrian opposition is highly fragmented and divided between groups based abroad and inside the country. When protests began in March 2011, the first coherent body to emerge was the Syrian National Council, established in Istanbul. Externally, that was backed by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and western countries. It included a big Syrian Muslim Brotherhood element as well as liberal and secular figures associated with the Damascus Declaration group.
“There are now hundreds and perhaps thousands of armed rebel groups. …..
“Islamist groups have become stronger and tend to be better armed and financed than others. Two of the strongest are Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq, both of them linked to al-Qaida. JAN insists on a future Syria becoming an Islamic state under sharia law, and has openly pledged its allegiance to the al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“It is not the media that is assuming that Assad is responsible. The Guardian and other media have reported claims and assessments by the US, UK, France and the Syrian rebels, and of course official Syrian denials. Only western governments have provided any evidence at all, however adequate or convincing it is judged. All three governments also state categorically that the rebels did not have the capacity to mount a CW attack on the scale of what occurred on 21 August. All have stated they are relying on classified sources as well as the precedent of earlier, smaller attacks. More detail is clearly needed to convince sceptics, given the experience of the Iraq WMD dossier.”
Now to the Rebels with WMD’s….
It has previously been reported that members of the al-Nusra front were caught with sarin nerve gas in Turkey – and this has been echoed by Syrian state media. Dale Gavlak, an independent journalist, has reported a belief that nerve agents used in Ghouta were supplied by Saudi Arabia.
So far, however, neither the Syrian government nor Russia have publicly provided any evidence that the rebels were responsible for the incident. Delay in allowing the UN inspectors access to the scene of the attacks, and heavy shelling before they were able to get there, appeared designed to destroy evidence.
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