Tillerson Blames Russia For Alleged Syria Chemical Attack After Admitting He Doesn't Actually Know Who Did It

It's so absurd it's hard to believe, but when it comes to US policy absurdity has been par for the course over the past years. At an international meeting hosted by France on global chemical weapons proliferation Secretary of State Rex Tillerson blamed both Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and Russia for carrying out a purported new chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. Speaking from Paris on Tuesday, Tillerson said, "Whoever conducted the attacks Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in eastern Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria."

That's right - in the same sentence Tillerson leveled the accusation against Russia, while simultaneously pointing the finger at Assad, he admitted that he really doesn't know much at all about "whoever conducted the attacks".

The incident, a reported chlorine gas attack delivered via rockets, is said to have happened Monday in the same suburb of Syria's capital that a much larger August 2013 attack took place, which the United States blamed on Assad, which nearly precipitated direct US military intervention under the Obama administration, according to an investigative report by Seymour Hersh in the London Review of Books.

Tillerson issued the accusation at chemical weapons conference in Paris on Tuesday. Image source: AP via The Washington Post

"Only yesterday more than 20 civilians, mostly children, were victims of an apparent chlorine gas attack," Tillerson said at the Paris conference involving 24 nations, which has eyed chemical weapons usage in Syria in particular. He added that the attacks "raise serious concerns that Bashar al-Assad may be continuing to use chemical weapons against his own people."

And this is where the US Secretary of State asserted, "Whoever conducted the attacks Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in eastern Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria."

The sole sources for the reports include two well-known opposition groups, namely the White Helmets and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) - both of which have long been on record as seeking regime change in Syria and have been go-to sources for American and UK media in particular. SOHR is led by one man, an activist named Rami Abdulrahman, who lives in Coventry, England, while the White Helmets is on record as being funded by US and UK governments to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars, and has further been caught cooperating closely with al-Qaeda factions on the ground in Syria. Indeed the group only operates in areas controlled by al-Qaeda (HTS) and other anti-government insurgents.

On Monday the White Helmets posted two videos to its Twitter account, purporting to show the aftermath of the attack. The first video included men and children, some lying on hospital beds, in a makeshift clinic receiving treatment. The White Helmets statement claimed, "More than 20 of suffocation so far following the bombing of the Assad regime forces with missiles carrying poisonous gases (probably chlorine)." The second video merely shows a White Helmets rescue worker carrying an infant in the back of an ambulance with no chemical protective gear on. 

It appears that Tillerson is pointing the finger at Assad and Russia based solely on the White Helmets videos and accusations, despite the fact that no international observer or investigative body has confirmed that the incident even took place. Tillerson further used the alleged incident to blame Russia for breaking prior commitments made regarding the 2013-2014 US-Russia brokered deal to dismantle Syria's extensive nerve agent program, which was widely reported to have been successfully carried out and completed in 2014. 

"There is simply no denying that Russia, by shielding its Syrian ally, has breached its commitments to the United States as a framework guarantor," Tillerson said of the prior 2013 agreement, and added, “Russia’s failure to resolve the chemical weapons issue in Syria calls into question its relevance to the resolution of the overall crisis. At a bare minimum, Russia must stop vetoing and at least abstain on future UNSC resolutions on this issue."

Meanwhile, earlier on Tuesday, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov heavily criticized the Paris conference, which has as its mission the creation of an ‘International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons’, accusing attendees of seeking to create a new "quasi-collective" organ instead of using already existing international institutions. The Russian Deputy FM said in a statement carried by RT that, “The quasi-collective approach, or, in fact, gathering up the states who cannot go against Euro-grands and the US is a direct violation of the prerogatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a blow to the UN platform,” Ryabkov said.

"We believe that the result of such sort of 'exercises' will be only further partition of the international community,” he warned. “Authors of such ideas and initiatives should really consider the consequences."

Russia has long accused the US of blindly trusting opposition sources inside Syria concerning claims of chemical weapons attacks, including an April 2017 incident in al-Qaeda controlled (HTS) Idlib, which resulted in the US attacking an airbase in central Syria.

Last October, the US State Department admitted that anti-Assad militant groups operating in Syria, especially in Idlib, possess and have used chemical weapons throughout the war - something which the US government said was impossible, as it consistently held the position that only the Assad government could be to blame. 


Drop-Hammer Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:23 Permalink

Stop provoking the Russians.  They are Caucasians and our white brothers.  We need them as allies against what will soon be 2 billion screaming hordes of Chinks, 1.5 billion Indian street-shitters, and 1 billion muslim towel-heads.

khnum Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

Not another chemical attack Sahib,...wait a sec Pence was in Israel recently so...its a pity Rodney Dangerfield isn't alive he'd make a great Secretary of State for the current administration


Davidduke2000 Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:28 Permalink

it is starting to look more and more that the us is terrified of Russian military might that it is blaming Russia for all the world troubles.

President Putin is well liked across the globe and people wish he is their president including in the us.

Even with all its might, Russia is humble, the Russians are humble and president Putin is humble.

With years of sanctions, the Russians turned a bad situation into an opportunity to make Russia great again, they manufacture everything now in Russia and their military hardware is wanted all over the globe including by some NATO countries.

Going back to T-rex the dinosaur, he is instructed to blame Russia and he is voluntarily willing to blame Russia out of jealousy, simply let's compare the elegant  Russian foreign minister Mr. Lavrov to T-rex it's like comparing Caviar to a texas burger.  

Parrotile Theta_Burn Tue, 01/23/2018 - 22:54 Permalink

 > Russia's restraint so far is a testament of Putin's character..<

The West has been VERY lucky so far, with the extreme tolerance shown by Russia.

Mind you Russia AND China are very busy ensuring their prosperous future - and cutting economic dependence on the West (thanks to those "Sanctions").

It is almost as if these Countries simply choose to ignore Western provocations - an act which itself serves to annoy those Western politicians who "must be heard". I hate to imagine what will happen should these Countries finally decide "enough is enough".

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WillyGroper Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:32 Permalink

this is funny!

they're using the faked pics from the original lie w/no protective gear.

reckon some disinfo laying another trap for these maggots to watch them squirm & squeal.

SILVERGEDDON WillyGroper Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:37 Permalink

The only gas attack that has occurred was when Feinstein cut loose a foul concoction of fave beans and a nice chianti in committee. All present have massive brain damage. Worse still, she been doing it for decades - All of D.C. has been contaminated. Nuke it from orbit, and let normal people govern themselves in a calm, sane, intelligent manner. 

Fuckers shoulda let dot gov close permanently and expire like the worthless parasites they are. 

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grizfish Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:39 Permalink

Tillerson is either stupid beyond words or a friggin liar.

It was proven long ago that the chemicals were manufactured in Britain and the only military forces at that location were being funded and armed by the USSA.

Pardon me for my first statement. I was in error.  He is both!

rwe2late Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:47 Permalink

 But the USA bears no responsibility for

what happened in Syria after US involvement?


Putin! Putin!  Putin!

Russia!  Russia!  Russia!

[ Arrggggg!!!

This is insanity, unless of course you are insane already]

skbull44 Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

Things are so absurd...on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) news this evening a cyber attack on Metrolinx (Ontario government bureaucracy created to steal money, er, I mean coordinate Toronto area public transit) was attributed to North Korea but routed through Russia. I actually laughed out loud when I heard the absurd report that provides no evidence due to security concerns...http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/north-korean-cyber-attack-metroli…



Snípéir_Ag_Obair Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:55 Permalink

There is plenty of evidence of white helmet videos being staged - presumably youtube tried to delete but just look around at bitchute, liveleak, or similar.


The ‘redline’ that wasn’t attack was mostly an exposure of how controlled the judeocorporate media is...  ffs, you’d have to believe Assad would allow in inspectors, then immediately gas his own fuckin’ Alawite supporters straight away.  You’d have to believe he’d resort to an ineffective tactic, while the momentum was on his side, which would invite in US attack.


The nearly complete lack of true investigative journalism on the matter was stunning -  instead you had Jewish reporters covering the attack from NYC and Jerusalem, quoting people sitting in London and Vichy DC.



Personally, I think we are weeks away from a major false flag because the Zionists and friends must fear that their chance to leas the US war machine into yet more major non-defensive wars for Greater Israel and The One Bank is slipping.



Q Anon, oddly, tows the neocon/zionist line on Iran and Palestine while couching his psyop in ‘Murican patriot larping...


Trump is expanding US forces in Syria, sanctioning Russia, arming Ukraine, and has deported fewer illegals than Obama had by now - and his ‘recognition’ of Jerusalem after sending 3 ultra-Zionist Orthodox Jews to represent the US in ‘peace talks’ was totally contrary to US interests... the tax plan is a down the road tax hike on the middle class...


Yet Trump still has people thinking he’s putting America First.


Honestly, the country isn’t worth trying to save.   It needs to be burned to the ground.