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It seems like Ghouta in 2013 all over again, no wait; more like 2003 where Colin Powell produced the ‘anthrax vial’. Actually, this most certainly feels like the false Nariyah ‘babies in incubators’ testimony of 1990.
This week is hearing the ‘war drum’ banging loudly than ever and dangerously so after US President Donald Trump broke his silence to weigh in on matters that could put the United States in direct conflict with Russia and Iran.
Only days ago US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley were resigned to the fact that removing Bashar Al-Assad from power via the current six year ‘method’ is not the way out of the Syrian conflict.
After an alleged chemical attack in the rebel held area of Idlib on Tuesday which killed dozens, including many children, the usual media outlets have moved quicker than ever to pin the overall blame on Damascus along with ‘moral responsibility’ on Russia. And it looks as if history is trying to repeat itself yet again with the US hinting it may take its own actions on Syria unless the UN Security Council takes action to prevent the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
More on this report from RT…
The US has hinted it may take its own action in Syria, unless the UN Security Council takes action to prevent the use of chemical weapons in Syria. It comes after a reported chemical weapons attack in the Idlib province, which rebels blamed on Damascus.
The UN Security Council convened on Wednesday to discuss a draft resolution proposed by the US, the UK and France, which would condemn Damascus for the reported chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday morning.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, delivered an emotional speech that included images of children to argue in favor of swift action. The pictures were used in reporting of the alleged chemical weapons attack.
She claimed the incident carried “all hallmarks” of an attack by Damascus, adding that the toxin used in the alleged assault was “more deadly” than in previous cases attributed to the Syrian military by Washington.
US envoy to UN also accused Russia of failing to ensure that there were no chemical weapons in the possession of the Syrian government.
“The truth is that Russia, Iran and [Syrian President Bashar] Assad have no interest in peace,” Haley claimed.
The US has hinted at taking its own action in Syria unless the UN Security Council moves to prevent the use of chemical weapons in the war-torn country.
“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” the US ambassador to the UN said.
Russia criticized the draft resolution for being unbalanced and jumping to conclusions. It said the document would have to include several amendments, such as calling on the rebels controlling the area to provide full access to UN investigators and setting an unbiased and comprehensive probe into the incident as the primary goal of the resolution.
This draft was penned in haste and adopting it would have been irresponsible,” the Russian deputy acting envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, said.
He also blamed Western members of the UNSC for unwillingness to investigate previous cases of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, where rebel groups were accused of using toxin agents.
Safronkov said that it was premature to adopt a separate Security Council resolution over the alleged chemical attack in Idlib, as earlier adopted documents were sufficient to provide for its thorough investigation.
The deputy envoy stressed that Moscow supports the calls voiced by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a full and objective probe of the alleged chemical attack.
Russia considers the use of chemical weapons by any of the warring parties in Syria “unacceptable,” he said, adding that the perpetrators must be held responsible.
“We should put an end to the useless practice of carrying out investigations remotely,” Safronkov said, adding that experts must travel to Khan Sheikhoun and use all available methods in their inquiry, instead of relying on “unverifiable” data from the internet.
According to the deputy envoy, the Syrian authorities are also interested in establishing the truth about the attack.
Damascus will soon address the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, asking for a mission to be sent to Syria to look into the incident, he added…
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