U.S. Official: Russia Knew of Syrian Chem Attack in Advance, Bombed Hospital to Cover It Up

U.S. Official: Russia Knew of Syrian Chem Attack in Advance, Bombed Hospital to Cover It Up

U.S. Official: Russia Knew of Syrian Chem Attack in Advance, Bombed Hospital to Cover It Up
Bashar al-Assad (Syria) and Vladimir Putin (Russia): BFFs in the Murderous Dictator-War Criminal Club (Photo Credit: EliteReaders.com)

Vladimir Putin is a lying, rotten war criminal with a lengthy history of dead critics in his wake. And not only is he, at least tacitly, responsible for the downing of a plane full of passengers above Ukraine, he’s responsible for invading said sovereign country in an effort to annex the nation. Now, after days of studying what exactly happened up to and following that now-infamous use of chemical weapons by Syria on its own citizens, reports say U.S. officials are relatively certain of two things: 1) Russia—led by Mr. Putin—knew of the impending chemical attack in advance; and 2) it’s responsible for the second wave of bombings that targeted the hospital—where many of the victims were taken following said attack—in an effort to cover up the war crime, by committing a second one. Remember, Russia entered into an agreement with the Obama Administration tasked with making certain Syria had no chems with which to assault its own people, and perpetuated that now-defunct narrative, as recently as January, via its mouthpiece, the now-embattled former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice:

Do you know how to tell when Susan Rice is lying? (Photo Credit: Weekly Standard)

In the Framework, Russia and the United States agreed to the following target dates:

  • Syria to provide a comprehensive listing of its weapons to the OPCW by 21 September 2013
  • Initial OPCW on-site inspections of declared sites to be completed by November 2013
  • Equipment for producing, mixing, and filling chemical weapons to be destroyed by November 2013
  • All chemical weapons material and equipment to be eliminated in the first half of 2014

The Framework states that, in the event of noncompliance, the UN Security Council should impose measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. The Framework does not state how Syria’s compliance would be measured, or what the penalties would be if it did not comply. Under the UN Charter, Chapter VII measures range from “demonstrations” to sanctions or military action and could be vetoed by any of the five permanent members of the Security Council. Russia and China had previously vetoed three resolutions attempting to condemn or sanction Syria, and were considered likely to block any future Security Council sanctioned military action against Syria. The U.S. indicated it might resort to military action outside the UN if Syria failed to comply with the Security Council resolution requiring it to eliminate its chemical weapons.

And what, I wonder, is the punishment to a member nation if it’s found to have aided and abetted war crimes?

More, from the Associated Press:

The United States has concluded Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

The official said a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons …The allegation is grave, even by the standards of the currently dismal U.S.-Russian relations.

Another U.S. official cautioned that no final American determination has been made that Russia knew ahead of time that chemical weapons would be used.

If confirmed, “grave” is an understatement. The questions are: why does this official conclude that the Russians knew of the chemical attack in advance; how does he/she know that the plane that bombed the hospital was being flown by a Russian pilot; and what was the motivation for the initial chemical attack? Until we have those answers, at this point it’s all speculation.

https://youtu.be/xm0A9oscOpE

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s Theresa May is hoping to persuade Putin, with a Trump assist, to dump al-Assad as his BFF…

…and Defense Secretary James “Chaos” Mattis is calling Putin and al-Assad out in no uncertain terms:

Ill-advised indeed. Remember, Mattis is the guy who says, and follows through on, bad-ass things like this:

“We’ve backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley calls out, and stares down, the Russian ambassador following the chemical weapons attack in Syria. (Photo Credit: HindustanTimes.com)

Neither Syria nor Russia has admitted any involvement in the chemical weapons attack that left dozens of innocent children, as well as many adults, dead. Why would they? It’d be admitting that not only have they lied repeatedly, but also committed multiple war crimes. It’s as if the attack happened all on its own, by the mysterious hand of some unknown assailant riding a unicorn, doncha know.

While I don’t advocate war with Syria—or with Russia—after eight long years, it’s far past time we held these two rogue dictators responsible for their actions. Russia is part of the (corrupt!) United Nations, a permanent member of the UN Security Council that often stands in the way of reigning in nations like Syria. Short of a war-crimes trial—my personal preference—that body should move to strip Russia of its membership, unless and until it ceases its aggression in Europe, in the international waters outside our own country, and its involvement in the Syrian Civil War that’s resulted in little more than dead Syrian civilians. And yes, I know that’s a pipe dream, and here’s why. It’s akin to making oneself king and then voting to rescind said self-serving monarchy. Fortunately, we now have a fearless, unpredictable administration that’s not afraid to smack Putin right upside his despicable noggin, even if the UN won’t. And maybe, just maybe, it’s far past time we gave the fraudulent UN the boot while we’re at it.

[UPDATE 10:30 PT] The White House is now accusing Russia of employing “false narratives” to cover up for Syria’s use of sarin gas, as Secretary of State arrives in Russia for talks with its ambassador. No confirmation yet that the White House believes the Russians conducted the second wave of bombing that targeted the hospital. We will update as news warrants.

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