Thursday, September 26, 2013

Who shelled the Russian Embassy in Damascus?

Vladimir Simonov

The United States and its Wahhabi allies have switched from financial blackmail to direct aggression against Russia. On this occasion, a mortar bombardment of the Russian Embassy took place in Damascus on the morning of Sunday, September 22. Three staff members were injured. As it was the first working day after the weekend, there were only three victims, and fortunately they were only wounded, as all the diplomats were in their offices or on the road conducting business in the city. The first “warning call” occurred earlier, a few months ago, when a mine fell near the fence of the embassy, injuring two Syrian guards. This time the mines hit right in the centre of the Russian diplomatic mission’s buildings complex. They aimed the shot at a definite target, knowing that most likely there would only be a few victims.

syria-mortarWas this a provocation? No, it was a direct warning to the Russian diplomats that it is time to get out of Syria. And if not – it will no longer just be people wounded, but killed, and not just three people; and the embassy’s buildings will be struck. They sent a clear message – the jokes are over and the real action has begun. As was the case with the attempt to accuse Moscow of involvement in the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta on August 23, so it was with a failed provocation in March using rocket-propelled chemical shells brought in from Libya by the private company BRITAM DEFENSE and its Ukrainian employees using Qatari money.

In this regard, a statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on September 20 was quite remarkable. He said that the UN inspectors’ report confirms the guilt of the government of Bashar al-Assad in carrying out the chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus. “The inspectors have returned, with a number of key details that confirmed the guilt of the Assad regime in carrying out this attack,” said the American diplomatic head. The head of the U.S. Department of State said that the Geneva accords provide for their binding and speedy implementation. He stressed that time was short, and it should not be spent “on debating what is already known”. “Over many weeks we have heard from Russia and other countries: Let’s wait for the UN report, these are independent experts, it is the gold standard. Despite the efforts of some to prove otherwise, the facts were only further clarified and the arguments become more convincing. Every single item in the report – the type of ammunition and missiles that were used, the trajectory of their flight, the type of agent – all this confirms what we already knew, and what America had warned others about,” said Kerry.