The Washington Times reported today that a senior United Nations diplomat said testimony from gassed victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-racked nation.
Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV 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.
It was reported last week in the Pickering Post (when hysteria was at its highest) that Uncle Kev should settle down… there would be no bombing of Damascus.
Since then the UK government has voted down any move to take military action against the Assad regime. Obama is now backing away from a military strike.
Tony Abbott at the time said extreme caution should be used because it is difficult to tell who are the goodies and who are the baddies.
Abbott was right!
Rudd was wrong in suggesting an attack from the West was imminent and all expats should leave Syria.
At the same time Uncle Kev suggested Abbott’s foreign policy experience was limited and he should not be trusted with such important matters.
It now appears the opposite is true… Uncle Kev obviously has no comprehension of what is happening.
For Uncle Kev’s benefit, a few facts:
Russia arms and supports the Assad regime.
Russia has nuclear warships based in the port of Tartus.
It has withdrawn personnel in anticipation of a US strike.
Firing missiles into Damascus would necessitate a Russian response.
It would also invite an Iranian response.
It would necessarily embroil Israel.
In fact it would ignite the whole of the Middle East which is already explosively teetering on all-out warfare.
The Syrian rebel army is made up of a rag tag bunch of Al Queda operatives who are attracted to any form of civil unrest.
It is entirely possible, even likely, that the rebels have gassed their own people in order to suck the West into the conflict. They have been begging for US involvement, so far without success.
Now that the Obama Administration has stopped hyper-ventilating and started weighing the complexities of this insidious Syrian war, it can look at more responsible responses.
If guilty, and that's by no means certain, Assad can be charged under the War Crimes Act of 1996, drones can take out installations, further sanctions and embargoes can be imposed.
But to fire missiles into Damascus could well result in World War III.
It appears the foreign policy credentials of Tony Abbott’s are far more credible than Uncle Kev’s.
In marked contrast Abbott’s measured response did not seek to politicise the hideous deaths of hundreds by gassing.