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Saturday, August 31, 2013


US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that, having considered the evidence presented in a Government Assessment released yesterday, the US will punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus on 21 August 2013.

The US government has taken it upon itself to act as judge, jury and executioner over the Syria gassings. It asserts that the Government Assessment represents all the evidence it needs to justify ‘punishing’ the Syrian government despite the fact that the UN inspection team has not yet delivered its report and the mounting evidence that the gassings was perpetrated by rebel forces, possibly accidentally. In producing the assessment, the government has used spurious evidence, including highly dubious information from Israeli intelligence sources that claims to have intercepted communications between Syrian commanders relating to the gassings.

The US must allow justice to takes its course in the international courts of law and not rush to be judge, jury and executioner for its ally Israel. Clearly a crime has been committed since women and children are dead. The UN inspectors need to confirm that gas was used and then the crime should be fully investigated to determine who was actually responsible. Those responsible then need to be arrested and tried for their crimes – regardless of who they are.

Kerry’s transparent rush to war on behalf of Israel using the gassings as a pretext could, in itself, be a crime – especially if it is found that Kerry lied about what the government is presenting as evidence and knowing that the alternative evidence was more compelling.

Kerry’s rhetoric is extremely subjective and the language clearly designed as propaganda at a time when it needs to be clear and objective when discussing such serious matters as war crimes involving mass gassings.

The world should be – and is – protesting America’s rush to war for Israel.

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