WASHINGTON, April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senator Richard Black (Virginia's 13th District), a member of the Virginia Senate and former top prosecutor at the Pentagon said, "I defy anyone to give me a motive for Assad using gas on women and children."
Senator Black cited the 2013 sarin gas attack that was falsely blamed on President Assad and warned against a knee-jerk reaction into war, based upon accounts detailed by White Helmets and rebels, who are at war with President Assad. "If President Assad had these weapons, why wouldn't he use them on ISIS soldiers instead of his own people? ISIS are masters of manipulation and we cannot take America to the brink of WWIII based upon accounts of an attack given by terrorists, particularly when ISIS knows their only path to victory, at this point, is through American intervention.
In 2013, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh reported on two Turkish CHP deputies, Eren Erdem and Ali Şeker, who spoke in İstanbul about a Turkish wiretapping investigation where they uncovered conversations detailing how they would carry out the gas attack and blame it on President Assad.
The May 6, 2013 Washington Times article entitled, "Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad's regime: U.N. official" details reports from a member of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Carla del Ponte stating, "that there were 'strong, concrete suspicions, but not yet incontrovertible proof,' that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent." Senator Black said, "This is the modus operandi of ISIS. They've staged attacks to look like President Assad did it before, and it makes sense that they would do it again."
Former Congressman Ron Paul said, "Does anyone believe that on the eve of peace talks, just after the White House said the Syrian people should choose their own leaders, that Assad would launch a gas attack to turn the whole world against him? We don't either. We're back to the same lies that got us into Iraq. Do we never learn to question the propaganda?"
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