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Syria Update: Deja Vu All Over Again

Bush, et al, lied us into the Iraq debacle in pursuit of “the blueprint for the Middle East.” Could it be that this administration is following the same whacko plan to invade 7 countries in the ME.

Whether this is their intent, I don’t know but I do feel confident that we are systematically being lied to. Here is a short list of the things that lead me to believe we are being deceived:

  • Assad delayed 5 days before giving authorization for the UN inspectors to access the site of the attack. What Really Happened: The formal written request was not delivered to Assad until Saturday. Authorization was granted on Monday. Depending on the times of request and reply this is only 2 days or less.
  • We were told that Assad stepped up conventional weapon use immediately after the gas attack in order to degrade the evidence. From what I understand it is not possible to degrade sarin gas. It stays in the ground for months, in tissue samples of the dead, as well in the survivors. Eye witnesses still have their memories intact. Physicians can still report what they saw and who they treated for what conditions. The idea that Assad was trying to tamper with evidence has little credibility.
  • Initially, there was a push to strike prior to the UN inspectors’ completion and their report. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon had to call President Obama to implore him to wait.
  • As Jason Hirthler remarks in his CounterPunch piece, “Nobody mainstream has bothered to point out that Assad would have to be suicidal to launch an attack with inspectors in-country, and with the use of chemical weapons being President Barack Obama’s vaunted “red line” across which no sovereign Shi’ite government can cross.” 
  • There is a story circulating around the web which revolves around a photo that John Kerry reportedly used to tug at heartstrings and bolster his position that the US MUST do something regarding Syria. It was identified as the moral reason we must act. I have spent a couple hours trying to confirm this story. So far, no luck. Turns out that the image was not taken in Syria, nor was it a recent photo. It was a photo taken in Iraq in 2003 or 2004. It has been reported that the photographer, Marco di Lauro, said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw it was being used to promote a war in Syria. Photo 

Can anyone here at FDL shed any light on this? Does anyone know if Kerry actually used the photo in question and in what context?

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