A policy of hoping for the best and preparing for nothing seems to be the modus operandi now for many western governments with regard to the ongoing crisis in Syria. At a time when credible security reports proliferate regarding the potential use of chemical weapons by the regime, this is nothing short of a recipe for disaster, in a region that may not be able to handle a new one.
This clip circulating making the round on the internet is troubling indeed, for it seems to come as part of ongoing preparations by the regime for covering up a potential recourse to chemical weapons.
The clip shows an alleged Jihadi scientist mixing up chemicals to create toxic fumes that kill two laboratory rabbits. The Jihadist, then, threatened to do the same to the Nusairis, the Jihadi derogatory name for Alawites http://youtu.be/WNYSD6wNz3k
While western governments and foreign reporters may not buy the lie, the main audience here is, as always, the regime’s supporters who needs these crimes to be committed without having to feel guilty, and what better way for them than to believe that the crimes have actually been perpetrated by the enemies themselves as part of the ongoing conspiracy? This is what’s been happening all along in fact. Most massacres have been blamed by regime supporters on Jihadi infiltrators, and occasionally, some members of the western media has been taken in by that, as we have seen in the case of the Houla Massacre.
This video might also be aimed at Russians who could use it. FM Lavrov’s recent statements on this matter might signal a willingness to blame the militants:
“According to our information, and this information we pass to our US colleagues, and European colleagues, [the Syrian] government does not have such intentions and cannot have, because this is all very serious… True danger from Syrian chemical weapons is if militants acquire them.”
And so the Great Game continues.
Sfeira, Aleppo: is this evidence of use of chemical weapons, or are these “simple” burns http://youtu.be/SN5Zo7ggHNc
A barrel bomb causes a fire that locals have difficulty extinguishing, as water and soil keep boiling http://youtu.be/K3emnVCMZwc
9 judges from Idlib Province announce their defection http://youtu.be/qB7yyXa7IOA
Dr. Eyad Qunaibi, an Islamist Jordanian preacher, addresses his followers to try to explain the implications of having Jabhat Al-Nusra declared as a terrorist group. This move, he says, means that working for the establishment of an Islamic state is a terrorist project in itself for the U.S. and the international community http://youtu.be/bk4CvVrsiZ0 Secular elements are all considered agents of the West, and he denounces the establishment of the National Coalition http://youtu.be/iFLSZ0Cs2j4 Even though, Dr. Qunaibi is Jordanian, his views represent those of the domestic, regional and international backers of Al-Nusra. Attempts to isolate Al-Nusra will be portrayed as part of the ongoing war on Islam. At this stage in the conflict, this message will resonate among certain segments of the population on the home front, as well as among expatriate and refugee communities.
Islamist Rebels affiliated with Islamic Front for the Liberation of Syria, succeed in controlling the Air-Defense Base 608 in Aleppo, coming into possession of few surface-to-air missiles known as Volga or SAM 2 http://youtu.be/uHdSHl4r3XE
An explosive barrel dropped over the town of Daraya, Damascus, fails to explode. It looks different from previous examples http://youtu.be/v1e_YY06zsY
The battles in and around Harasta and the Eastern Ghoutah Region, Damascus, continue http://youtu.be/gthJ64tmiuM , http://youtu.be/SQVdCleECq8
Rebels in Utaya, Damascus, take control of a mobile missile launcher http://youtu.be/ONK3ZvJMzGY
MiGs pound the neighborhood of Deir Baalbah in Homs http://youtu.be/0rRSI3ETvQE , http://youtu.be/BRhMaxvxjQ8 Indeed, the battles in and around Homs are resuming their earlier intensity, perhaps as part of the preparation for a fallback position should Damascus fall into rebel hands. Jobar http://youtu.be/zBin6bsYSpo