US senator: Chemical attack used to ‘galvanize the world’ against Assad

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US Republican Senator Rand Paul says he has seen no evidence that could justify claims about the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carrying out the suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma, and that the attack was used as a pretext to “galvanize the world” against the Syrian leader.

“I still look at the attack and say, you know, either Assad must be the dumbest dictator on the planet — or maybe he didn’t do it. I have yet to see evidence that he did do it,” Paul said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

The Kentucky senator said it was unlikely that the Syrian government carried out the attack particularly after its forces have been winning the war against terrorists and militant groups in the Arab country for the past two years.

“The only thing that would galvanize the world to attack Assad directly is a chemical attack.  It killed relatively few people compared to what can be killed with traditional bombs … and so you wonder really what logic would there be for Assad to be using chemical weapons,” Paul noted.

Back on April 7, a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma, in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, reportedly killed 60 people and injured hundreds more. Western countries blamed the incident on the Syrian government, but Damascus strongly rejected the accusations as “chemical fabrications” made by the terrorists themselves in a bid to halt pro-government forces’ advances.

The US, Britain and France launched a barrage of cruise missiles on different Syrian government targets on Saturday morning, targeting what they called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for the Douma incident.

US President Donald Trump tweeted “Mission Accomplished” later in the day after the tripartite coalition launched more than 100 cruise missiles inside Syria over the suspected gas attack.

Washington claimed it had proof that Syrian government forces conducted the deadly chemical weapons attack on April 7, without providing any evidence.

The Syrian government surrendered its chemical weapons stockpile in 2014 during a process monitored by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversaw the destruction of the weaponry.

The strike has drawn global outcry since it was carried out before the international chemical weapons watchdog could probe the incident.

In condemning the US-led attack, the Syrian president said the missile strikes would only strengthen his nation’s resolve to keep its fight against Western-backed terror groups and “crush terrorism in every inch of the nation.”

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8 COMMENTS

  1. “..either Assad must be the dumbest dictator on the planet — or maybe he didn’t do it.”

    One thing is certain, Assad is no dummy. I spent the last couple days watching every interview he’s done with the western press. They way he handles himself when presented with the total arrogance and mindless ignorance of western propaganda narratives, is absolutely amazing. He refutes every accusation made against him with sound logic and absolute clarity. He does this while appearing to remain calm the whole time. Not to mention he makes some hilarious comments, too. In one interview with the BBC, the ignorant reporter tries to get Assad to admit to using “barrel bombs” again and again. Assad is like, “We have guns, bullets, missiles and bombs, but we do not have ‘barrels’, nor do we bomb with ‘cooking pots’ or anything like that.” Fvck did I laugh. I think he’s awesome and I’d be proud to have him as national leader.

    An NBC reporter asked Assad if he was afraid of facing an international court one day and Assad replies, “first of all, you have to do your job as president. When your country is attacked by terrorists you have to defend your country and that’s my job according to the constitution. So that’s my job and I’m going to keep doing it, no matter what I’m going to face. Let’s be clear about this, defending the country cannot be balanced with the future of the president, whether he’s going to face the criminal court, or to face death. It’s not a factor. If you don’t want to face all of these things, leave that position and give it to someone else.”

    I got the chills when I heard this. He basically said that protecting his country is more important to him than his own life. That’s how a president should view his job, but I don’t believe there’s a single Western official with that kind of heart. All I see on our side is a bunch of terrible cowards.

  2. The Dollar will fail, we all know it. It will be replaced by a NWO currency at 3/5th renumeration. Perhaps Rand Paul will usher in the change; after all he got in and is still breathing air. Just a guess. I figured that he would have a car accident or have commited suicide with two shots to the head by now. My $0.02

  3. How good a leader and president would Rand Paul make? What is his background and credentials? Can he afford t o run? I suppose those are very important questions right now. Jeremy Corbyn may not be mr perfect but he does check out as honest honourable and as truthful as he can make it.

    How can America overcome the vast running cost of a presidential campaign and run as an honest person. If you had Tulsi Gabbard, Rand Paul ? . . . What would the sit rep be. I have been trying to fathom American politics via you guys. So forgive me for being nieve. Seems to me no money from Sheldon= can’t run. Be useful to look at Blair and Mays funding too. We know Macron I think murky Merkel needs a look too. There may come a time when this all hinges on Germany. Just thinking ahead.

  4. A good example of, if you are an anti-war politician, how the issue has to be danced around with selective language. When entire groups agree on something false, it takes tons and tons of work to get them to admit it.
    The generational continuance is , even when we find out things that we did, were wrong and based on false claims, the children are busy learning it was justified.
    One of the biggest problems with generational continuance, is the cosmology of good and evil, in that it teaches, war is a fact of life, and it will always be here. That no matter how we try, we cannot avoid war.
    Most of our political leaders are taught this since childhood by their spiritual leaders.

    • religions — “i believe…” — also fall in the category of generation continuance. and lloyd demause terms it “psychohistory.” how the adults mistreat/ abuse their children ultimately drives history. consequently, i’d classify this belief in war a religion. so the great evil united states strongly endorses two religions, war and egalitarianism. neither necessary. neither supported by any scientific research as a solution that delivers what it promises. utter nonsense/ myth/ bullshit. as are all religions/ ideologies/ dogmas. at most, serving the purpose of a baby’s security blanket. ah, the power of belief.

    • Catholic priests are taught, that a devil is lurking about, and god wants him here, so we just have to put up with it. further the devil wages war, so we just have to put up with that too. We cannot get rid of it, and it will always be here, I’ve never heard a seminarian or priest say otherwise. Funny how that worked for them, because the devil let them build on every corner tax free and take 10 percent and whatever the widow has left at the end so the Pope can have really nice paintings and drapes and stuff.

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