The Easter sacrifices commence;
. ‘…Ford said that the US attack will serve to deteriorate the situation in Syria: “What Trump has done has made it less likely that there can be a negotiated outcome and more likely that there’ll be more fighting and more use of chemical weapons.”
*Crucially, the US strike will likely encourage terrorists in Syria to launch attacks, including possible chemical attacks, the former ambassador said.
“If you were a jihadi, would you not be jubilant this morning? Would you not be planning false flag operations to make sure more American involvement was brought on Assad’s head? Of course you would,” Ford said.
*Such “false-flag operations” have already been launched by militants as documented in the August report by the UN, he reminded, warning that “we’re all being manipulated by the jihadis and their backers.”
‘If it’s only an alleged chemical attack, then the strike by the Americans can’t possibly be justified. They have delivered the verdict without deliberating on the evidence. What needs to happen, and may yet happen, is the proper UN investigation…’
So far zero chem leak from bombed Syrian airbase…
‘The U.S. amassed 30,600 tons of chemical weapons, both mustard agent and deadly nerve agent, much of it during the Cold War. The Army described them as a deterrent, and the U.S. never used them in war.
Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. stockpile has been eliminated at depots in six states and Johnson Atoll in the Pacific, mostly by incineration.
Coloradans worried, however, about mercury vapor from incineration, said Irene Kornelly, a member of the Pueblo Citizens Advisory Commission, a liaison group established by Congress. The opposition in Colorado and in Kentucky, where chemical weapons are stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, prompted Congress to order alternatives.
The Army will use two methods for the Pueblo stockpile. In March, the first of an estimated 1,400 shells that are leaking or otherwise damaged will be placed in a sealed steel chamber with walls up to 9 inches (23 centimeters )thick. Explosives will tear open the shells, and the mustard agent will be neutralized with chemicals.
The remaining hundreds of thousands of shells will be run through a partially automated, $4.5 billion plant starting in December or January. It will dismantle the shells, neutralize the mustard agent in water, and then add bacteria to digest and convert the remaining chemicals. The end product can be disposed of at a hazardous waste dump.
The plant can process up to 60 shells an hour, but the explosion chamber can destroy just six shells a day.
Pueblo expects to finish the job in 2019 — more than 55 years after some of the shells there were produced.
Blue Grass won’t start destroying weapons until 2016 or 2017, finishing in 2023, Army spokeswoman Kathy DeWeese said. All told, it’s costing about $11 billion to destroy remaining U.S. chemical weapons.
Blue Grass has 523 tons of chemical weapons, only about one-fifth as many as Pueblo, but it has nerve agent, and some of the mustard agent is so old it has solidified and is more difficult to deal with, DeWeese said.’..
“The people who have benefited from this kind of attack are the rebels themselves, because they have gained a major political advantage at a time when they are struggling both strategically and geopolitically,” Charles Shoebridge, a British security analyst and counterterrorism expert, told RT.
Shoebridge was referring to the recent attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun that reportedly killed at least 58 people, including 11 children under the age of eight, according to medical workers and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as cited by Reuters.
The expert went on to say that the Syrian government forces in fact had no motivation to carry out such an attack, as they are already “gaining major victories” over the armed opposition groups and terrorists alike “across Syria.”
He stressed that this attack would only provoke “the condemnation of the world community,” and would be absolutely ineffective from a military point of view. He also drew attention to the suspicious timing of the attack, which occurred just days before a major conference on Syria in Brussels.
The “Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” co-chaired by the UN and the governments of Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom, is to be held in Brussels on April 4 and 5. It will focus on “boosting support for a lasting political resolution to the Syrian conflict through an inclusive and Syrian-led political transition process under the UN auspices,” according to the European Commission’s official website.
*Shoebridge said that there is a history of similar incidents occurring in Syria on the eve of some major international events in the past.
“There is a pattern of these incidents taking place at critical moments from a geopolitical perspective,” he said, adding that a massive chemical attack in the Syrian city of Ghouta in 2013 happened just as “the UN inspectors were arriving in Damascus,” while another chemical attack in September 2016 took place on the eve of a “major conference in London, where the Syrian opposition met with its foreign donors.”
Ammar Waqqaf, a Middle East expert, also believes that “whenever there is a sort of international conference on Syria we suddenly have these chemical attacks.” Waqqaf told RT that there is no solid evidence proving that the Syrian Army was behind the most recent attack in Khan Sheikhoun…’
*’…He added that the militants themselves have repeatedly carried out chemical attacks and are quite capable of producing or purchasing chemical agents.
“We saw videos on YouTube of jihadists making experiments on rabbits using Turkish-made chemicals. We also had videos of chlorine gas clouds in Sheikh Masud area in Aleppo after it was bombarded by Jaish al-Islam. Jaish al-Islam then said it was a mistake and vowed that those within its ranks, who did it, are going to be punished, adding that such weapons are designed to be used in serious combat. Later, they completely denied their involvement.”
*Curiously, the rebels also have access to mustard gas, as well as nerve agents.
Bombed Syrian airbase heavily involved in war against IS and AQ.
‘All of the officers [stationed] there have actually taken part in the Syrian campaign against ISIS [Islamic State],” Nasr said, referring to the base, which is located near Homs.’
Lucky for some.
‘…Earlier, unnamed sources reported that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) had launched a massive offensive in the eastern part of the Homs Governorate and, without essential air support, the situation could worsen any moment, a local military source told Al-Masdar. …’
‘The US attack on an airfield in Syria has been conducted “on the verge of a military clash” with Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that President Trump has been “broken [turned] by the US power machine” in just two-and-a-half months.
“Instead of an overworked statement about a joint fight against the biggest enemy, ISIS (the Islamic State), the Trump administration proved that it will fiercely fight the legitimate Syrian government,” Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.
The prime minister stressed that to pursue this goal, the US is eager to act “in a tough contradiction with international law and without UN approval, in violation of its own procedures stipulating that the Congress must first be notified of any military operation unrelated to aggression against the US.”
The missile strike in Syria has revealed that the current US administration lacks independence and hangs on the Washington establishment that Donald Trump used to strongly criticize during the presidential race and his inauguration speech, Medvedev added. ..’
Emergency Hand off Syria protests
As one guy said:
DO NOT ATTACK SYRIA – IF YOU DO MANY VERY BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN – DT
‘In an interview with Reuters last year, a top Takfiri commander in Afghanistan directly acknowledged that, describing Obama as a “moderate infidel.”
“This guy (Trump) is a complete maniac,” said Abu Omar Khorasani. “His utter hate towards Muslims will make our job much easier because we can recruit thousands.”
spokesman, Abi al-Hassan al- Muhajer, on Tuesday.
“There is no more evidence than (that) you being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.