Three Strikes: British-Led Plots To Pin Chemical Weapons Use on Assad as Excuse for Syria Invasion!
In an article on Russia Today’s website, Patrick Henningsen, a writer, investigative journalist, filmmaker, and founder of the news website, 21stCentury Wire.com, says that so far three efforts have been made by Britain, Qatar, and the United States to lure a West-led invasion of Syria, citing Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Unlike the WMD lies that were used for the Iraq invasion in 2003, these three efforts have failed, putting the chemical weapons crowd in Washington and London on a very shaky ground, Henningsen concluded.
The first British effort was in January 2013, hatched with the help of Qatar. The plan involved a British private contractor, Britam, bringing in Qaddafi-era chemical weapons stocks from Libya, which would transfer them out via Benghazi, and then plant them in Syria, in order to place blame on the Assad government. The plan was prematurely exposed in the “Britam Leaks” by an anonymous hack showing that Qatar would be paying a substantial sum for the operation to be coordinated through Britam.
The second attempt was made following reports of a deadly chlorine attack in the northern region of Aleppo, with both sides claiming the other was responsible. The Aleppo case was quickly knocked down by a number of alternative media outlets.
The third attempt was led by British scientists who claimed they had found evidence of chemical weapons that were used in Syria in relation to two incidents in the Damascus area around March 19, 2013. With Obama threatening Syria with having crossed the “red line,” British Prime Minister David Cameron hoped that this one would help him get a green light for military intervention. That, too, failed when Carla Del Ponte, leading UN’s own investigation into chemical weapons, concluded that witness and victim testimonies clearly showed that Western and Gulf-backed Syrian rebels had used chemical weapons such as the nerve gas sarin.