Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Did The Rebels Use Chemical Weapons: The UN Report and the Evidence

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Devon Douglas-Bowers
Activist Post

The long-awaited UN report on the usage of chemical weapons in Syria has been released. While the White House[1] and the New York Times[2] have already taken the report and argued that it helps their argument that Assad used chemical weapons, it may be more prudent to look at what the UN report states and how the possibility remains that the Syrian rebels could have used chemical weapons.

In the report, the UN stated the following: “Information about the delivery systems used was essential for the investigation. Indeed, several surface to surface rockets capable of delivering significant chemical payloads were identified and recorded at the investigated sites.”[3]

The main questions that need to be asked are:
  1. Did the Syrian rebels have sarin gas?
  2. Did the Syrian rebels have access to surface to surface missiles before August 21, 2013?