While it is still not clear what happened in an apparent chemical attack on the town of Khan Shaykun in the suburbs of Idlib Syria, the United States and other countries are already blaming the event on the Assad regime.
|White House spokesperson Sean Spicer said that Trump was extremely alarmed by the attack and had an extensive briefing. Trump suggested it was in the best interests of Syria that Assad not lead the country. He said that the Trump administration was confident in its assessment that Assad was to blame. This confidence occurs before any investigation. It is a clear signal to investigators what they need to establish. Of course there will be objections by the Russians and perhaps even the Chinese but these can be waived off. The Syrian army rejected the claims and blamed the rebels. The stories are being rolled out as one would expect.|
"On 8 December 2013, the London Review of Books published "Whose Sarin?", in which Hersh argued that President Obama had "omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts" in his assertion during his televised speech of 10 September that the Syrian government had been responsible for the use of sarin gas in the Ghouta chemical attack of 21 August 2013 against a rebel-held district of Damascus. In particular, Hersh wrote of anonymous intelligence sources telling him that the Syrian army was not the only agency with access to sarin, referring to the Al-Nusra Front Jihadist group, and that, during the period before the Ghouta attack, secretly implanted sensors at the country's known bases had not detected suspicious movements suggesting a forthcoming chemical attack "Of course this immediately led to Hersh's demotion to a conspiracy theorist. Another article by Eric Zuesse suggests that the sarin gas was transferred to Syrian rebels from Libya and Hillary Clinton knew about it. Later, Hersh denied he said explicitly that Hillary knew about the transfer but at least he strongly suggested that she did or should have known.
Syrian aircraft have conducted an airstrike near the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib province on the warehouse of terrorists’ ammunition and the mass of military equipment, where chemical weapons' ammunition had also been stored and delivered to Iraq, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday.This acknowledges that there was an attack by Syrian aircraft. It does not show the rebels were responsible as earlier claimed. It is more of a tragic accident. It remains to be seen if there is evidence for this explanation.