Well there’s a turn up for the books. Carla Del Ponte, UN Human Rights commissioner, says that testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicate that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin.
“Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated. This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.”
Last week it was Israel and the US hopping about because Damascus had apparently used sarin. McCain and Graham demanded war, Cameron was outraged according to script, and all agreed that “a red line has been crossed”.
Daniel McAdams has a few pertinent questions. Among them, what if our friends in Syria have “crossed the red line” instead of the bogeyman in Damascus? And where did they get chemical weapons from? Come to think of it, what if people on our goverment payrolls have colluded in this red line being breached by supplying the chemicals weapons, say from Libya, via Turkey?