Evidence against Syria... By Ashraf
06 September, 2013
US efforts to mobilise world opinion in favour of military action against Syria seem to have faltered due to the failure of proving decisively that Assad's regime used chemical weapons, killing 1,420 people. The credibility of the US, its Congress and European allies, as well as that of the international community, is certainly in line to exercise appropriate means, sanctioned, approved and acted upon under the umbrella of the UN in order to stop the massacre of innocent people in Syria due to the use of alleged chemical weapons, either by the ruling party or the rebels. The international community has a moral duty to exert pressure on the US to refrain from punitive military action against Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons as it is a disputed issue and, unless proved categorically, the US should stop crying wolf in justifying its wrong assertion once again just like it did during the Iraq crisis. As some of its allies have received a negative response from parliamentarians to support and participate in the war against Syria, it is hoped that Congress will also not support the intention of the White House.
News media networks should be responsible enough to prove the 1,429 casualties of the alleged chemical weapons; there should be graphic footage showing victims on a mass scale rather than showing individual cases of patients in hospitals. A chemical attack is possible from both sides and, if it happened, there should be many casualties in Damascus and its suburbs. The media needs to show these mass casualties to prove its point. The alleged incident happened on August 21, 2013 and, since then, more than 12 days have elapsed for the US to prove its allegation but it has failed to provide sufficient evidence to support its stance on the subject. Syria has strenuously denied that it ever used chemical weapons. Initial reports and video footage of the attack could not prove categorically that the chemical weapons were actually used and, if so, who used them? It is better for the US to seek a resolution through the UN Security Council rather than take unilateral military action against Syria. The US has already lost its credibility in world affairs and punitive military action against Syria will further jeopardise its position in the world.