Post #166: Chemical Warfare in Syria: The Question of Responsibility (Part 1)

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In the Human Interest - Mel Gurtov

PART 1

Syria’s Guilt  

On April 4 chemical weapons were used in an attack on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun in which about 80 people were killed and several hundred wounded. The city is in Idlib Province, home to anti-government fighters and refugees who have fled since the fall of Homs and Aleppo to Bashar al-Assad’s forces. I support the view, challenged by only a few observers, that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the sarin attack.  Syria has a history of use of chemical weapons against its own people, motives for using chemical weapons against opposition forces and civilians, and a variety of weapons and chemicals for weapons production that were never destroyed under a 2013 international agreement .

The Trump administration’s missile strike in Syria was said to be in retaliation for the April 4 attack.  Russia and Syria challenged that action as a…

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