Ron Paul: "Zero Chance" Assad Behind Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria; Likely A False Flag

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According to former Congressman Ron Paul, the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed 30 children and has led to calls for the Trump administration to intervene in Syria could have been a false flag attack.

As Paul Joseph Watson details, pointing out that the prospect of peace in Syria was moving closer before the attack, with ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the run, Paul said the attack made no sense.

“It looks like maybe somebody didn’t like that so there had to be an episode,” said Paul, asking, “who benefits?”

 

It doesn’t make any sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gases – I think there’s zero chance he would have done this deliberately,” said Paul.

he former Congressman went on to explain how the incident was clearly being exploited by neo-cons and the deep state to enlist support for war.

“It’s the neo-conservatives who are benefiting tremendously from this because it’s derailed the progress that has already been made moving toward a more peaceful settlement in Syria,” said Paul.

Many have questioned why Assad would be so strategically stupid as to order a chemical weapons attack and incite the wrath of the world given that he is closer than ever to winning the war against ISIS and jihadist rebels.

Just five days before the attack, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “The longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” implying a definite shift in U.S. foreign policy away from regime change in Syria.

Why would Assad put such assurances in jeopardy by launching a horrific chemical attack, allowing establishment news outlets like CNN to once against use children as props to push for yet another massive war in the Middle East?

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perkunas's picture

We are getting Trumped.

1st we got the Goldman sachs running trumps $$$. Then he appoints the guy that negotiated TPP to neotiate NAFTA. Now its all War, War, War China Syria North korea. The truth no longer matters, its all Assads fault, or some other made up story. Even if it was true, which its not, do you think it would even compare, to what Trump did in Mosul.

Posa's picture

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Everyday I have to figure out whether I detest the Clint-Bama/ MSM/ Deep State faction more than the Drumpy billionaire vampire faction.

Now that Rice has had her start turn, it's time for Dump to open military confrontation with China and Rusiia on two fronts. Of course, anyone with a brain knew Dump's one-liners were there for laughs, and not to be taken seriously... Now he's showing his true G-S, Pentagon maniac colors.

Posa's picture

Everyday I have to figure out whether I detest the Clint-Bama/ MSM/ Deep State faction more than the Drumpy billionaire vampire faction.

Now that Rice has had her star turn, it's time for Dump to launch military confrontation with China and Russia on two fronts. Of course, anyone with a brain knew Dump's one-liners were there for laughs, and not to be taken seriously... Now he's showing his true G-S, Pentagon maniac colors.

quax's picture

"I think there’s zero chance he would have done this deliberately... ”

As almost always Ron Paul offers the most insightfull comments on froeign affairs, and it pays to pay attention to every single word.

Assad is smart enough to not have ordered this kind of attack, if this was in fact the Syrian army than he may suffer from some loss of control. I.e. hardliners, who felt emboldened enough to take off the gloves off, now that the world seems to have accepted that the Assad's regime is here to stay.

Overzealous underlings can be a real bitch. Putin had a similar problem when Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the murder of Boris Nemtsov.

Posa's picture

The Russian explanation is the most plausible... the chemical weapons were stored by ISIS insurgents and were released when a warehouse was struck by the Syrian Air Force.

quax's picture

This area is not ISIS territory. Then again the Russians never bothered to differentiate between the various rebel fractions.

ross81's picture

There is no fundamental difference between ISIS, Nusra and the FSA. They're all foreign backed Jihadists sent in to destroy a secular country and install a Gulf/Western-friendly regime.

quax's picture

It depends on what you mean by the word "fundamental". The Gulf countries have soured on ISIS, because they cannot control them and don't play along the traditional tribal structures.

At any rate, the US is well advised to support the Kurdish forces. They are the most secular and they have been fighting ISIS from its inception. The Alawites could be natural allies if they were open to some power sharing aggreements (i.e. a more federal Syria), but Assad has become untenable.  

 

 

Wahooo's picture

US chemical weapons stored by ISIS

quax's picture

Yeah right. The US is handing out binary chemical weapons like candy.

Benito_Camela's picture

You sound like you're  implying that this has no historical precedent? 

LMAO....you need to start reading. 

DFCtomm's picture

Maybe Assad has realized that the leaders of the West are a bunch of pussies and won't do much of anything to him while he has Russia's backing, and so he's decided to do whatever the fuck he wants to do .

quax's picture

I don't think he is that stupid, but his brother who runs the chemical warfare divsion just might.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maher_al-Assad

 

DFCtomm's picture

You think Italy might retaliate?

Benito_Camela's picture

You're not very fucking bright. 

AGAIN: What makes chemical weapon attacks - and for that matter not Sarin, but Chlorine or some other gas - more effective given the political and strategic climate - than say, REGULAR FUCKING BOMBS?

Did you miss that question the first time, nimrod? 

DFCtomm's picture

I don't know the answer to that, but then again I'm not there so I don't know the answer to whether the event is real or staged to implicate the Syrian government. You see, unlike you, God has not came down and given me the gospel. Unlike you I haven't been able to diagnose the symptoms of the entire world sitting at my computer in bum fucked egypt, or wherever it is you come from. Unlike you I'm not a crazy conspiracy nut.

quax's picture

Let's be acurate, shall we?

The US allowed Saddam to amass and use chemical weapons as long as the political consensus was that he was "our" bastard who kept Iran in check. They were not US supplied weapon systems since trade with them is prohibited. The US stuck to selling conventional weapons to Saddam, and turned a blind eye to his chemical weapons program. 

It was the confirmed existence of this old WMD program, combined with the firm believe that sanctions cannot work, that made Cheney, Baby Bush and Rumsfeld 100% certain that Saddam must have managed to make some new ones (all evidence to the contrary be damned). 

 

 

Benito_Camela's picture

Again, I think you need to do some more reading. 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

 

And that's Wikipedia with its innate bullshit ego editing wars. The fact is that entities within the US DID supply Iraq (and others) with goddamned chemical weapons - to include biological agents. 

Systems? Fuck....you think Iraq had ferreted away a bunch of Nazi scientists or something? Ever heard of Dugway proving ground or Bruce Ivins and anthrax? You give your fucking country way too much benefit of the doubt. 

quax's picture

Actually, Iraq had some home grown scientists, and Sarin isn't really all that complicated.

Thanks for the link. To quote:

"The United States exported support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq war over $500 million worth of dual use exports to Iraq that were approved by the Commerce department. Among them were advanced computers, some of which were used in Iraq's nuclear program.[26] The non-profit American Type Culture Collection and the Centers for Disease Control sold or sent biological samples of anthraxWest Nile virus and botulism to Iraq up until 1989, which Iraq claimed it needed for medical research". 

Same dual use shit other countries engaged in. So nope sorry if my views aren't anti-American enough for you, but this won't change it. 

It's bad enough that they knew exactly what he did, and were perfectly happy to let him get away with it.

DFCtomm's picture

You beginning to see the problem with conspracy nuts? There are no boundaries, and everything eventually gets sucked into the blackhole that is the "Grand Conspriacy". There are no natural organic events any longer. There are no real actors pursuing their self interest. There is only the Mossad and dupes of the Mossad, except for these brave conspiracynauts. They know the truth they know the real score. They know what's happening in the halls of power in Washington, Moscow and of course Tel Aviv. They've sussed it out like the scooby gang while sitting at their computers in Kansas. They're a joke.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Assad is smart enough to not have ordered this kind of attack, if this was in fact the Syrian army than he may suffer from some loss of control. I.e. hardliners, who felt emboldened enough to take off the gloves off, now that the world seems to have accepted that the Assad's regime is here to stay.

Your absurd speculations add zero value. It still hasn't even been confirmed that a chemical weapon attack took place.

Overzealous underlings can be a real bitch. Putin had a similar problem when Ramzan Kadyrov ordered the murder of Boris Nemtsov.

And you know this because the voices in your head told you this was true? Peremoga or zrada?

quax's picture

"Your absurd speculations add zero value."

I forgot for a moment that a place like ZH has a zero tolerance policy for absurd speculations. Sorry for that, let me fully reimburse you. 

Here, you can have your 2 cents back.

tlnzz's picture

I agree with Ron Paul. Assad knows for sure is that if it can be proved he did it, most of the World would come down on him and remove him. 

Posa's picture

The poison gas incident is just as much about Putin as it is Assad... with bombings and assassinations, the ante is being raised in the Kremlin to a breakingpoint. If Trump strikes in Syria, what's Russia to do? Walk away in humiliation? Or strike back and launch WW III?

There's probably a very good chance the oligarchs and Russian MIC will oust Putin and sue for peace.... of course, if that's wrong, then it's curtains for all of us.

quax's picture

Nobody will go to WW III over this. The Russian's have very well defined interests in Syria i.e. (1) keeping their naval base there, (2) removing a terrorist breeding ground. They are not attached to Assad as a figurehead, and rather he'd step aside to make way for some reconciliation anyhow. They tried to get him to play along, but Assad clings to his power.

Benito_Camela's picture

Who went and crowned you the expert on the region? And on Russia for that matter? 

quax's picture

Pope John Paul the second of course.

What a silly question.

Roth-a-feller's picture

Trump is no Paul 

 

Paul is no Trump.

 

Had no choice but to vote for Chump.

 

 

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

Plainly obvious to an encumbered mind!

gm_general's picture

Maybe it was Songbird McCain executing a gas attack from his posterior.

IranContra's picture

Before Bush Jr, Rothschild made big wars aimed at creating Greater Israel.

Then the neocons under Bush Jr and Obama changed the plan: they wanted to make bigger wars by creating Greater Iran instead, starting with Iraq under Iranian control.

Bush Sr actually repelled an Iranian invasion into Iraq in the 1990s.

However, Obama helped Iran insert its militias into Iraq and six other Arab countries (the ban list and Lebanon).

Trump wants to restore order: small Israel and small Iran. Russia and China agree with Trump on that. Israel also agrees, they're now happy to survive this mess.

Trump must have the military option to enforce this drastic change of global policy. Military action is necessary because the neocons want to expand Iran and start World War III. The only way to stop the neocons is to stop Iran's expansion.

About the false flag chemical attack in ISIS-held Idlib: Remember the myth about Saddam gassing the Kurds. It was Iran who did it:

"Iran overran the village and its small Iraqi garrison on 15 March 1988. The gassing took place on 16 March and onwards... "The great majority of the victims seen by reporters and other observers who attended the scene were blue in their extremities. That means that they were killed by a blood agent, probably either cyanogens chloride or hydrogen cyanide. Iraq never used and lacked any capacity to produce these chemicals. But the Iranians did deploy them. Therefore the Iranians killed the Kurds."

Iran Gassed the Kurds in 1988

Iran is the possible source of the poison in Idlib:

Russian defense ministry: Terrorist depot bombed by Syria had poison from Iraq

Assad and Russia need to kick Iran out of Syria.

 

quax's picture

That's some impressive rewritting of history. It was Saddam who gassed the Kurds in 1988.

The Kurdish people know their history, and the case has been well documented after the fall of Saddam.

http://dckurd.org/2017/03/16/kurds-commemorate-the-halabja-genocide-of-1...

You are playing the same dumb propaganda games that lied the American people into the Iraq war. I hope they at least pay you well.

 

Benito_Camela's picture

With weapons supplied by whom? 

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/08/26/exclusive-cia-files-prove-america-he...

Or were the chemical weapons he got from us and used with our help on Iran different from the ones he used on the Kurds? 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-153210/Rumsfeld-helped-Iraq-chem...

Benito_Camela's picture

You're full of shit. Saddam used chemical weapons supplied by and with the logistical backing of the U.S. against Iran. 

nevertheless's picture

If you want to read the biggest bull shit story read this article of the Washington Post: 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/israel%E2%80%99s-former-chief-rabbi-...

 

tuetenueggel's picture

maybe Hitler took not all ?

BingoBoggins's picture

No, thanks. I need to focus and their bullshit is distraction.

1.21 jigawatts's picture

As always:  When nothing makes sense - its da Juice.

Sizzurp's picture

I am surprised Trump fell for this, but rushing to judgement seems to be his modus operandi.  Damn, those underground bunkers are starting to look pretty good.

Wahooo's picture

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FBaggins's picture

Let the government of Canada join the list of lying shitass nations like the US, GB, France, Israel, and Saudi Arabia responsible for the murder and mayhem in the Middle East. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YANWFzMG9sU

Populists have to unite and form alternate parties in all Western nations and must take back their governments from the bankster monsters and oligarchs in control. 

Hannibal's picture

The mighty Zionist lobby in the U.S. (AIPAC & Co) is pushing for war on Syria.

Now Putin is making another huge offer. Will Israel take this gift? Will Netanyahoo call off its AIPAC dogs of war?

The offer is not Russia's last resort with regard to Israel.

A million Israelis are of Russian heritage. They emigrated to Israel in the 1980s and 90s. They are mostly not really Jews but vote conservative. They also admire and cherish Putin. That is one reason why no Israeli politician, especially Netanyahoo, can afford a big political conflict with Russia.

Putin's ultimate threat to Netanyahoo is to influence the Russian voters in Israel and to make them vote against him. It is a personal nuke under Netanyahoo's seat.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/

Timming's picture

I think you are seriously delusional

 

nevertheless's picture

is that supposed to mean something, if you disagree don't a a zionist piece of shit, and insult, express why you think otherwise....

Jack Oliver's picture

Russia pays the pensions of the Russian 'Jews' in Israel - why ? - because Russia doesn't want them back !!!

aldol11's picture

 assad has been winning across the board for almost a year he needed no gas,  of course this is a fals flag,  anyone with half a brain can figure that out

Soph's picture

100% certainty that Assad did not use chemicals. You can't get something that smells more like a setup.

If Trump takes the bait, he truly is a fool and deserves whatever shit comes his way.

I genuinely hope he doesn't take the bait.

OliverAnd's picture

They should ask the Turks where the chemicals came from because accordig to the deputy anti terrorism unit leader in southern Turkey, Ahmet Avli, Turkey and its intelligence services sent these chemicals to the Syrian rebels and ISIS to be used against the Syrian people.  Not only did Turks send them chemicals, but also materials for homemade bombs.  The Turkish government hired Chechen terrorists to train ISIS on Turkish ground before sending them to Syria.  Turks used Saudi Arabian and Qatar money to fund ISIS although they were supposedly instructed to strictly fund the opposing party to the Assad regime.  Take out Turkey and you have solved the Syrian issue and the fascist dictator sultan Erdogan. 

Phillyguy's picture

Obvious false flag. Look no farther than the paper of record. In 2002 Michael Gordon and Judy Miller published stories in the NYT providing lurid accounts about alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. These pieces were used by Colin Powell in his now infamous speech at the UN to set up a casus belli for Bush II’s invasion, occupation and near complete destruction of Iraq. This did not end up very well- lead to creation of ISIS, $5 trillion price tag for US taxpayers and a flat out strategic disaster for the country. Now Gordon is at it again (See: Worst Chemical Attack in Years in Syria; U.S. Blames Assad By Anne Barnard and Michael R. Gordon Apr 4, 2017; Link: www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/world/middleeast/syria-gas-attack.html). To quote Mike Whitney “The prospects of a conflagration between the United States and Russia are increasing by the day.” See: Trump’s War Whoop: a Gulf of Tonkin Moment? by Mike Whitney Apr 6, 2017; Link: www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/06/trumps-war-whoop-a-gulf-of-tonkin-moment.

In addition, Trumps approval rating among his core constituency continues to drop (currently at 35%), so what better way to distract and confuse the public than a new war or two (North Korea?).