“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd”. Voltaire
In May, 2013, Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria told Swiss TV that there was no evidence of government use of nerve gas, and testimony from victims strongly suggested that it was the rebels who had used Sarin. The following month, Washington announced it would continue to arm the rebels citing evidence that Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people. In spite of the alleged evidence,
to send gas masks to the rebels. Washington
Today, while the UN chemical weapons inspectors in
Syria are investigating the possible use of
Secretary of State John Kerry put all doubt aside announcing that he has irrefutable
that the Assad government is responsible for the use of chemical weapons. Mr. Kerry is of the opinion that since he has
the ‘facts’, the UN inspectors have nothing new to offer - after all, ‘the
American intelligence community has high confidence’ in its findings. This degree of certainty is simply absurd --
or dishonest. US
These allegations are all the more dubious given their source - the Israeli intelligence. It was reported that an “IDF intelligence unit was listening in on senior Syrian officials when they discussed the chemical attack”. In his remarks, Kerry stressed “evidence in the assessment that regime forces had spent three days in eastern
As the Kerry-doing-Powell tells us: “We know rockets came only from regime-controlled areas and landed only in opposition-held areas”. Basing the intelligence on these rockets is all the more questionable as the rockets alleged to have been used by Assad bear a strong resemblance to a 1970’s American weapon - the SLUFAE . Although SLUFAE had been shelved, the concept was built upon by several countries -- namely
. According to a former UN inspector "a
very similar munition was found 3-5 years ago, during one of the Israeli excursions,"
into Israel Southern Lebanon.” (Foreign
So we are left with dubious intelligence and mystifying rockets - but what of the chemical weapons which are reported to have taken a high toll? Another anomaly in the Kerry allegations is that at the rocket site, there is a complete absence of fear shown by people posing with the weapons, and an absence of any kind of protective gear. So if not rockets, what was the delivery method, and by whom?
Dubious reports have surfaced on the internet which cite a rebel’s father claiming that the Saudis supplied the chemical weapons without instructions, or without telling the rebels what they were which is why “they” went off in the tunnel causing so many accidental deaths. Although these allegations reinforce the fact that chemicals were used, the unlikely story flies in the face of Israeli intelligence and Kerry’s allegations, serving to add confusion to an already mystifying event. What other plausible explanations are there?
Writing for the prominent Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), in his 2005 article entitled “Unmanned Air Vehicles as Terror Weapons: Real or Imagined?”, Dennis Gormley stressed the danger of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles - drones) and stated: “Dispersal of chemical or especially biological agent is ideally suited for a UAV; its flight stability permits the release of agent evenly along a line of contamination.”
Coincidentally, in April 2013, The Times of Israel citing Le Figaro reported that ‘Israeli drones were given leave to fly over
in order to monitor the chemical caches and
take action if necessary’. Could these drones have been used to destroy
an existing caches - or, were the drones
used to disperse the chemical weapons? Certainly Jordan had the weapons, the means and the
The Israeli government has issued no policy statement on biological arms control and it has either signed nor ratified the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC); however, according to Avner Cohen “Ben Gurion’s desire to seek scientists to “either increase the capacity to kill masses or to cure masses” implied -- in the 1948 context -- was an interest in biological warfare. Subsequently, the Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) was founded in Ness Ziona, some 12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv[i] (The Nonproliferation Review/Fall-Winter 2001).
The institute was not without its hazards. Several ‘accidents’ took place in Ness Ziona and in August 1998, the British Foreign Report citing Israeli sources claimed that “one accident was so serious that the authorities were contemplating evacuating the entire town of Ness Ziona before the IRIB scientists had concluded that the threat has passed.
There were further revelations in October 1998 when
Israel admitted that the El Al Boeing plane
which crashed in
in 1992, was carrying cargo destined for Ness Ziona. The shipment contained DMMP - a dual-use
chemical used in the manufacture of sarin nerve gas. Perhaps it is the experiments being carried
out by the IRIB in Ness Ziona, and all the related incidents, in addition to Amsterdam ’s
policies that has the Israeli citizens
on a constant alert -- masks ready, images of which are broadcast to justify
aggressive, illegal action. Israel
There are far too many unanswered questions and potential possibilities - all of which underscore the absurdity of Kerry’s certainty on
. As oft repeated on this topic - qui bono
(who benefits)? For now, we know that that
Mr. Kerry’s attention been redirected from the ‘peace plan’ to war planning -
at a ludicrously high cost to Syria Syria
and at the expense of ’s