The United States and NATO say they are "skeptical" on the finding of UN human rights investigators that foreign-backed militants used chemical weapons in Syria. - The White House press secretary repeated Washington’s accusations that Damascus used chemical weapons. "Separately," the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) also tried to undermine the report, saying it’s unclear who used such weapons. "We do not have confirmed, consolidated information as to who might have used" chemical weapons, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels on Monday. [They didn't seem to need "confirmed, consolidated information" when they were accusing Syria a couple of weeks ago...] The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria could not find any evidence that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons against militants, commission member Carla Del Ponte said. "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated," Del Ponte said in a television interview. "This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities," said Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney-general who also served as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
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Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who once served as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff, believes that the chemical weapons used in Syria may have been an Israeli "false flag" operation aimed at implicating Bashar Assad's regime. Wilkerson made his astounding assertion in an interview on Current TV. Wilkerson said that the evidence that it was Assad’s regime that had used the chemical weapons was "flaky" and that it could very well have been the rebels or Israel who were the perpetrators. Asked why Israel would do such a thing, Wilkerson said: "I think we've got a basically geostrategically, geopolitical inept regime in Tel Aviv right now." A "false flag" operation is a covert attack on foreign or domestic soil carried out by governments or organizations under a false identity, aimed at placing blame on the enemy.
Lew Rockwell: Flaky Syrian Chemical Weapons Evidence Does Not Deter Neo-Cons - Col. Lawrence Wilkerson appeared on the Young Turks program late last week to reveal that the "varying degrees of confidence" with which Defense Secretary Hagel proclaimed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons was in fact based on "really flaky" evidence, according to Wilkerson's sources in the intelligence community. "There is no way I would say my red line had been crossed and start something serious in terms of US intervention based on this very flimsy evidence," said Wilkerson, an academic advisor to the Ron Paul Institute. Now we hear that, according to UN investigator Carla Del Ponte, it appears that the rebels rather than the government had used the banned weapons. Hardly a surprise, as they are the ones to gain by sparking a US/NATO attack. Nevertheless, the interventionists for some reason never suffer criticism or loss of reputation when their lies are exposed. They will turn on a dime from "Assad used chemical weapons we must go in" to "the rebels in Syria have used chemical weapons we must go in," expecting no one to notice.