France Remains Firm Over Syria Strike
According to a Reuters report France has said the British vote against joining any coalition with Washington and Paris to strike at Damascus “does not change its will to act over Syria”.
Paris until 1943, had responsibility for Syria under the French Mandate of Syria formalised by the League of Nations after World War I, and its diplomatic and cultural ties remain solid, which perhaps helps explain its current stance.
However the French public does not appear convinced. Latest polling shows that three out of five French voters questioned, oppose any involvement in a strike force against Syria.
Despite President François Hollande’s apparently gung-ho approach there are doubts over the provenance of the alleged chemical attacks on civilians in Syria’s’ current tribal and religious conflict, as a quick check around the Internet shows.
This for example from the ZeroHedge website:
A grim “urgent action memorandum” issued today from theoffice of President Putin to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is ordering a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria.
According to Kremlin sources familiar with this extraordinary “war order,” Putin became “enraged” after his early August meeting with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan who warned that if Russia did not accept the defeat of Syria, Saudi Arabia would unleash Chechen terrorists under their control to cause mass death and chaos during the Winter Olympicsscheduled to be held 7-23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Lebanese newspaper As-Safir confirmed this amazing threat against Russia saying that Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord by stating: “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”
Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off.“These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”
London’s The Telegraph News Service further reported today that Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria…”
There are many other reports expressing concerns that any US-led attack against Bashar al-Assad’s Syria, backed as it is by Russia and China, could spark a Third World War or at least further dangerous conflagration in the Middle East.
On the other hand:
Le Monde meanwhile has translated a report from late May here –
“Chemical warfare in Syria
Le Monde.fr | 27.05.2013 à 05h58 • Mis à jour le 05.06.2013 à 11h09 |
Par Jean-Philippe Rémy
Reporters for Le Monde spent two months clandestinely in the Damascus area alongside Syrian rebels. They describe the extent of the Syrian tragedy, the intensity of the fighting, the humanitarian drama. On the scene during chemical weapons attacks, they bear witness to the use of toxic arms by the government of Bashar al-Assad.
A chemical attack on the Jobar front, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, doesn’t look like anything much at first. It’s not spectacular. Above all, it’s not detectable. And that’s the aim: by the time the rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army who have penetrated furthest into Damascus understand that they’ve been exposed to chemical products by government forces, it’s too late. No matter which type of gas is used, it has already produced its effects, only a few hundred meters from residential areas of the Syrian capital.
At first, there is only a little sound, a metallic ping, almost a click. And in the confusion of daily combat in Jobar’s Bahra 1 sector, this sound didn’t catch the attention of the fighters of the Tahrir al-Sham (‘Liberation of Syria’) Brigade. ‘We thought it was a mortar that didn’t explode, and no one really paid attention to it,’ said Omar Haidar, chief of operations of the brigade, which holds this forward position less than 500 meters from Abbasid Square…”
Readers may want to do their own Internet research.
“Curioser and curioser”, cried Alice. This link is to a report on Global Research, a Canadian- based news site in French and English which has established a reputation for coverage of offbeat current affairs or items that the mainstream media steers clear of. However this story, initially published by the UK’s Daily Mail on its London-based website but subsequently pulled after a libel case in the UK, is still available in web caches and on the GR wesbite. Readers can draw their own conclusions.
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