The Syrian Electronic Army's coordinated hack on the NY Times, Huffington Post UK, the Guardian and the BBC were not only an embarrassment but a subtle declaration of war by Syrian President Assad's supporters.
The group supporting Syria's President Bashar al Assad has warned media to "expect us," the BBC reported. Adding, SEA has "many surprises" for Western media that were critical of Assad's policies due to falsified information. The incidence of chemical attacks is one.
However, the gruesome and graphic pictures on Assad's Twitter account of civilians showing their insides bursting out, oozing with gel-like blobs and parts of their bodies dismembered resemble scenes in adventure films and horror movies like the 'Aliens' or the 'Blob' - the kind of casualties one would expect from chemical weapons like Serine. Serine was last encountered when it was used by a cult leader in Japan.
Though these photos and video accounts from Syria confirm the use of or testing 'weapons of mass destruction' like those used in Iraq's Saddam Hussein regime, the question that needs some credibility is investigation and proof that Syria is the perpetrator of these dastardly acts of crime. Chemical weapons have been banned in international treaties defining the boundaries for the use of weapons in warfare.
In the aftermath to the hack, new information regarding ensuing hacking attempts have been published. This comes amid President Barack Obama's deliberations with Australia, Britain and France about an imminent attack on Syria. New Zealand has said that it is ready to take on a Syrian attack without the consent of the coalition.
However, Pres. Obama told media, he has not made up his mind on an attack on Syria.
In a cautious yet deliberate move toward action, President Obama is ensuring the validity of his claims on chemical attacks in Syria on its own people. This comes against the background of the UK government's refusal to take part in this conflict, chiding Prime Minister David Cameron's interest to merge with allies.
A spokesman for the UK Parliament said, "Military intervention in Syria has many consequences and will affect the whole world. Adding, "Our main mission is to spread truth about Syria and what is really happening."
A Syrian Electronic Army spokesperson denied news of a SEA website hack, reported by ex Washington Post reporter, Brian Krebs. He added, "All the media outlets that we targeted were publishing false/fabricated news about the situation in Syria."
In another attack related to the AP twitter account, news that President Barack Obama was hurt in an explosion was an example of SEA's potential for causing confusion.
What made the NY Times hack especially effective was its rerouting of readers to the SEA site itself. The pro-Assad group said, "Our goal was to deliver our anti-war message on NY Times website - but our server couldn't last for three minutes," reports BBC.
"The Twitter attack was because of the suspension of our accounts on Twitter," confirmed SEA. "We succeeded in our attack as we expected."
President Assad tweeted about the integrity of U.S. claims on the use of chemical weapons with a statement about the number of tons of napalm used in Japan, Korea and the chemical agent, Agent Orange used extensively during the Vietnam War in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Insinuating the hypocrisy of the U.S. in getting away 'scot free' after using chemical weapons, Assad is pointing to the assertion, "Don't tell us (Syria) what to do."
And Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has said that there is no evidence for Syria gassing its own people and that the conclusion shows a lack of common sense. Mr. Putin might still be carrying over a bit of vehemence from the Edward Snowden fiasco, in which the U.S. attacked him for granting the American fugitive asylum.
A revenge attack by the U.S. defence officials is planned by the end of the week; most likely on Thursday as UN officials leave Syria after investigating on the chemical massacre, said a report by News.com.
However, analysts say that there is no legal framework for President Obama to initiate a strike on Syria, while Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott has said that Kevin Rudd's over-involvement in Syria is damaging to the nation, which undertakes the role of presidency at the United Nations as of Sunday, reports the Sydney morning herald.
This is a text of the U.S. analysis of chemical weapons in Syria by the Wall Street Journal.
As UN investigators have left their Damascus hotels, President Obama convenes his national security team at the White House Situation Room. He said an attack is imminent, adding "We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale," the Australian reported.
We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act."
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