26 Dec. 2012 (LPAC) Many of the Obama administration claims about the alleged “brutality and savagery” of the “al-Assad dictatorship in Syria” have rested on nothing more authoritative than purple-prose press releases drawn up by London-based “Syrian activists and resisters.” These releases are based upon images less substantial than the shadows on the walls of the cave in Book VII of Plato’s Republic. Yet the British instruct the world’s population to believe every word of these releases.
Of late, it was reported that Assad planned to use his 500-ton stockpile of chemical weapons, a report that is a pretext for foreign invasion; three weeks ago, U.S. surveillance “spotted” Syrian military units mixing precursors and prepping sarin warheads for possible use. Obama issued a warning. Then on Dec. 23, Syrian opposition groups claimed that in the City of Homs, the Assad government had deployed sarin gas against the population, offering videos “obtained from a field clinic in the city” as proof. The origin of the videos is unknown.
On Dec. 24, Danger Room, an investigative website, reached U.S. officials, speaking anonymously, who cast strong, strong doubt on the claims. The report circulated was that the gas emitted “strong smells”; sarin gas is odorless. There are other reports that “victims inhaled large amounts of chemicals”; yet a minimal amount of inhaled sarin can prove fatal. “It just doesn’t jive with chemical weapons,” one U.S. official told Danger Room.
Israeli Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon told Israeli Army Radio that the sarin claims lacked corroboration. “We have seen reports from the opposition. It’s not the first time. The opposition has an interest in drawing in international military intervention,”
Simultaneously, on Dec. 23, there was reportedly a Syrian government air force strike in Halfaya, at a bakery where people were lining up for bread. A graphic video that was posted, subsequently shown and cited around the world, shows dead bodies and pools of blood. But there is no way to know whose bodies they are— nearly all of them are military-aged men. As one perceptive blogger on the Guardian website points out, at 9:43 of this 11-minute-plus video, an individual puts a piece of flat-rolled bread on the ground, in front of the bloody scene, as if to confirm that it was indeed a bakery — there is no other proof it is a bakery; a second cameraman comes and photographs the bread, and then the piece of bread is picked up.
Yet, the British-run media ran globally with the stories of “sarin gas” and “bakery” attacks.
Not coincidentally, the videos of both incidents, which supposedly occurred on Dec. 23, were shown on Dec. 24, the very day that UN-Arab League Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This pattern harkens back to before the Kofi Annan cease-fire and peace plan for Syria, announced April 10 of this year, which, like all subsequent plans, however minimal the chance of success, was immediately sabotaged by “violent incidents.”