This is the fella who has hypothesized that the Syrian situation is a set-up.
He's got some pretty good credentials as a ME specialist:
This summary is noted to have been updated in June 2008
The list of books he's written is pretty impressive.
Yossef Bodansky is director of research for the International Strategic Studies Association, where he is also a senior editor for their Defense and Foreign Affairs publications. He is director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare for the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, Bodansky has served as a consultant on terrorism for the U.S. government and other organizations.
He apparently has drawn a comparison to the Syrian situation v. the bombing of Sarajevo by Clinton. In the case of Sarajevo, the US got involved based on the premise that the Serbs were brutalizing the Bosnian Muslims. Later it was revealed that the attacks had been provoked by forces sympathetic to the Bosnians to lure NATO into stomping on the Serbs.
This is from the article about the events in Syria. Does this remind anyone else of Benghazi?
You have to read the article to get the details on the Beirut incident. It involved someone who was taken by ambulance to Beirut to have his blood tested for sarin gas. However, while it was reported that sarin gas was detected in this person's blood, this article indicates that the individual fled from the hospital before any testing could be done.
Meanwhile, additional data from Damascus about the actual chemical attack increases the doubts about Washington’s version of events. Immediately after the attack, three hospitals of Doctors Without Borders (MSF: médecins sans frontières) in the greater Damascus area treated more than 3,600 Syrians affected by the chemical attack, and 355 of them died. MSF performed tests on the vast majority of those treated.
MSF director of operations Bart Janssens summed up the findings: “MSF can neither scientifically confirm the cause of these symptoms nor establish who is responsible for the attack. However, the reported symptoms of the patients, in addition to the epidemiological pattern of the events — characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers — strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent.” Simply put, even after testing some 3,600 patients, MSF failed to confirm that sarin was the cause of the injuries. According to MSF, the cause could have been nerve agents like sarin, concentrated riot control gas, or even high-concentration pesticides. Moreover, opposition reports that there was distinct stench during the attack suggest that it could have come from the “kitchen sarin” used by jihadist groups (as distinct from the odorless military-type sarin) or improvised agents like pesticides.
Some of the evidence touted by the Obama White House is questionable at best.A small incident in Beirut raises big questions. A day after the chemical attack,
From a non-supporter of Assad:
You have to read the whole article to get the background that gives the substance to the short quotes I gave here. Arms released to the opposition forces from supplies under the protection of the CIA prior to the chemical attack, for example.
“The regime in Syria … has chemical weapons, but they wouldn’t use them around Damascus, five km from the [UN] committee which is investigating chemical weapons. Of course they are not so stupid as to do so,” Muslim told Reuters on August 27, 2013. He believes the attack was “aimed at framing Assad and provoking an international reaction”. Muslim is convinced that “some other sides who want to blame the Syrian regime, who want to show them as guilty and then see action” is responsible for the chemical attack. The US was exploiting the attack to further its own anti-Assad policies and should the UN inspectors find evidence that the rebels were behind the attack, then “everybody would forget it”, Muslim shrugged. “Who is the side who would be punished? Are they are going to punish the Emir of Qatar or the King of Saudi Arabia, or Mr Erdo?an of Turkey?”
I couldn't find the article where Bodansky compares the Syrian situation to what happened in Sarajevo in 1995.
Makes me wonder if this will be Obama's next phony scandal.
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