Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Attacking Syria with cruise missiles is NO WAY to solve the conflict!. . . 

Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible?

By Jim Naureckas

Let's compare a couple of accounts of the mass deaths apparently caused by chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21...The government account expresses "high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack"...
  The Mint report bore the headline "Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack." 
Which of these two versions should we find more credible?...   Continue

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1. Institute for Public Accuracy: An Illegal War Forced on Syria That Benefits Al-Qaeda?
2. Bob Dreyfuss, The Nation: No War With Syria
3. Mairead Maguire: Syria: No Armaments to Rebels
4. Obama Proposes to Bomb Syria While "Supporting" a Peace Process
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