[Marxism] Syria Sarin Blame Game: Is Carla Del Ponte at it again?

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Tue May 7 01:39:50 MDT 2013

A lot of original research in this one. I spent all day on it:

Trying to to navigate these challenging times.

In Solidarity,


      Syria Sarin Blame Game: Is Carla Del Ponte at it again?

Syria news in recent days of the slaughter of hundreds of civilians in
Banias <http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rk5dui> where Assad's shabihas
are attempting to create an ethically cleansed zoom of retreat, was
completely upstaged Sunday by the announcement by UN investigator Carla
Del Ponte that Assad's opposition had used sarin gas.

Carla Del Ponte <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Del_Ponte> has a
long and storied history with the United Nations and its international
criminal courts system. She was a Swiss attorney-general and then
prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia (ICTY). In August 2011 she was appointed to the UN
Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

While another UN body chartered specifically to investigate chemical
weapons usage in Syria has been blocked by Syrian government demands
that it have a very narrow scope and limit its investigation to a single
incident in the Khan al-Assal area, Carla Del Ponte, apparently on her
own authority, came forward with these provocative statements. She said
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22424188> in an interview
with Swiss-Italian TV on Sunday:

    /"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."/

    /"This was use on the part of the opposition's fighters, not by the
    government authorities."/

She gives no further details. She doesn't say which of the five alleged
chemical weapons incidents
she is referring to, or if she is alleging a new one. She doesn't speak
of causalities or a date or a location. She knows the agent was sarin
but she either doesn't know or isn't saying much more. Nothing that
would allow consideration of other facts surrounding this mysterious
charge. She simply put it out there on a /'believe it or don't'/ basis.

After she made her announcement, Inner City Press, which tracks UN
happenings closely, remarked on their website

    Now the question is, how fast can the UN Human Rights Council, or
    Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, or in the Security Council the
    Permanent Three (France, UK and US) walk back from this?

It didn't take long. Within hours, the UN panel that she is a member of
issued this statement:


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