By William Bowles
We…have a limited but growing body of intelligence which supports the judgement that the regime was responsible for the attacks and that they were conducted to help clear the Opposition from strategic parts of Damascus. Some of this intelligence is highly sensitive but you have had access to it all. – UK Joint Intelligence Organisation, 29 August 2013
JIC assessment of 27 August on Reported Chemical Weapons use in DamascusA chemical attack occurred in Damascus on the morning of 21 August, resulting in at least 350 fatalities. It is not possible for the opposition to have carried out a CW attack on this scale. The regime has used CW on a smaller scale on at least 14 occasions in the past. There is some intelligence to suggest regime culpability in this attack. These factors make it highly likely that the Syrian regime was responsible.
Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – reports Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb. – ‘Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists’ – reports’, – RT, 31 May 2013
Extensive video footage attributed to the attack in eastern Damascus (which we assess would be very difficult to falsify) is consistent with the use of a nerve agent, such as sarin, and is not consistent with the use of blister or riot control agents. – JIC Report
TAP – They seem to think that dodgy dossiers and lies will be believed forever just because they have the authority of government. I remember in 2003 being highly sceptical about Blair’s assurances that Saddam Hussein was a threat to Britain, but decided that, as he was the Prime Minister, I had to believe what he was saying. Ten years on, after years of reading and chatting with people on the net and face-to-face I don’t believe a single word anyone in the government says on any topic. We used to think Owen Paterson was a trustworthy politician, but he’s now selling GMOs as the best thing since sliced bread, and voting for wars as requested by his party leader. The only one who tried to stop the evil nonsense was little John Heyes but he was sacked by Ed Davey the moment he challenged the idiocy of erecting the windmills, yet even he voted for the government over Syria. The incorruptible are got rid of out of government in short shrift. What’s left stinks.
I don’t know what motivated Ed Miliband to vote against the war. Was it principle or tactical advantage to be gained by flooring Cameron?