Yossef Bodansky, an Israeli-American political scientist who previously worked as Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorrism and Unconventional Warfare of US House of Representatives, made an explosive theory that the Syria Chemical attack can be an Obama-Al-Quada conspiracy for al-Assad frame up.
"...the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition. The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the "horror" of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light," Mr Bodansky wrote in his article titled Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack? published by The Global Research.
Mr Bodansky layed out his theory citing pertinent dates leading that can allegedly shed light to the correct series of events which led to the horrifying Syria chemical attack. He wrote that on Aug 13, a meeting among Syrian opposition leaders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish and US intelligence had a senior opposition commander telling all attendees to expect "a war-changing development."
On Aug 14, there had been distribution of weapons among opposition camps in Hatay province amounting to an excess of 400 tons of weapons. By Aug 26, a strategy formulation and coordination meetings happened among senior officials from Syrian opposition and sponsoring Arab states. The meeting was attended by U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford.
"The opposition was told in clear terms that action to deter further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime could come as early as in the next few days," a Syrian participant in the meeting said. Another Syrian participant said that he had knowledge that U.S. bombing was scheduled to begin by Aug 29. There were also other attendees who put emphasis on the fact that "assurances of forthcoming bombing were most explicit even as formally Obama is still undecided."
"The descriptions of these meetings raise the question of the extent of foreknowledge of U.S. Intelligence, and therefore, the Obama White House. All the sources consulted - both Syrian and Arab - stressed that officials of the "Mukhabarat Amriki" actively participated in the meetings and briefings in Turkey. Therefore, at the very least, they should have known that the opposition leaders were anticipating "a war-changing development": that is, a dramatic event which would provoke a US-led military intervention," as analysed by Mr Bodansky.
Immediately after the chemical attack happened, three hospitals of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treated more than 3,600 Syrians of which 355 died. The MSF tested those who were treated and MSF director of operations Bart Janssens had this to say:
"MSF can neither scientifically confirm the cause of these symptoms nor establish who is responsible for the attack. However, the reported symptoms of the patients, in addition to the epidemiological pattern of the events - characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers - strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent."
However, a day after the chemical attack, Lebanese working for "Mukhabarat Amriki", persuaded a Syrian male, chemical attack victim, to subject himself to medical tests in Beirut in exchange for a large amount of money. Consequently, White House made a media announcement that the "Lebanese red Cross announced that tests results found traces of sarin gas in his blood."
But, it was not reported widely that "red Cross Operations Director George Kettaneh told [them] that the injured Syrian fled the hospital before doctors were able to test for traces of toxic gas in his blood." Mr Bodansky's theory was strongly supported by Saleh Muslim, the head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
In an interview with Reuters on Aug 27, Muslim said that he doubts that al-Assad will use chemical weapons in Damascus. "The regime in Syria ... has chemical weapons, but they wouldn't use them around Damascus, five km from the [UN] committee which is investigating chemical weapons. Of course they are not so stupid as to do so."
Mr Muslim believed that the chemical attack was "aimed at framing Assad and provoking an international reaction". He said that "some other sides who want to blame the Syrian regime, who want to show them as guilty and then see action" is responsible for the chemical attack. The US was exploiting the attack to further its own anti-Assad policies and should the UN inspectors find evidence that the rebels were behind the attack, then "everybody would forget it. Who is the side who would be punished? Are they are going to punish the Emir of Qatar or the King of Saudi Arabia, or Mr Erdoan of Turkey?"
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