[Marxism] Use of chemical weapons by Syrian rebels

mkaradjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Sat Apr 21 00:18:05 MDT 2018

Yes, as David pointed out, the OPCW cannot assign blame, just
determine if a a chemical attack took place, but the joint OPCW/JIM
mission can assign blame. The JIM's mandate expired in November,
Russia refused to renew it (I guess it didn;t like the fact that it
kept assigning blame to its client), and it vetoed the renewal of the
JIM's mandate after the Douma attack. However, it seems that Russia
and Assad do not really even want the OPCW to go in to determine
whether or not chemicals were used - in nearly 2 weeks after the
attack they are still being refused entry (even though hacks like Fisk
are allowed in to dutifully report what the regime wants him to). I
guess they still need a little more time to clean up the site before
letting them in.

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 3:51 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism
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> On 4/20/18 1:47 PM, David McDonald via Marxism wrote:
>> I'm still on a quest for a definitive written statement from the OPCW that
>> the Syrian regime bombed Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017.
> They are not permitted to assign blame.
> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-18/what-will-happen-when-chemicals-inspectors-go-to-syria/9672444
> Chemical weapons inspectors are in Syria to begin their fact-finding mission
> at the site of the alleged chemical attack at Douma 10 days ago.
> But don't expect any definitive finding that points the finger at Syrian
> government forces, or any other group.
> The chemical weapons watchdog — the Organisation for the Prevention of
> Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — lacks a mandate to assign blame, no matter what
> evidence it finds at the site.
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