Every day I see that the stage on which we each play our roles is changing the repertoire. I mean comedies are fine but this is starting to turn into a tragicomedy… and a very poor one for that matter. When we speak of this comedy it instantly reminds me of a quote from a stand-up by an English comedian Eddie Izzard:

… Stalin killed many millions, died in his bed. Well done there. Pol Pot killed 1.7 million Cambodians, died under house arrest aged 72. Well done indeed… And the reason we let them get away with this is they killed their own people. And we’re sort of fine with that. Ah help yourself, you know… We’ve been trying to kill you for ages… Seems to be… Hitler killed people next door… Stupid man. After a couple of years we’re not going to stand for that, will we?

Well… I guess this rule no longer applies. America will soon pay its respects to the fallen in Benghazi last year only to grieve even more knowing that pretty much no * was given that day to try to save them. Yet if someone spreads nerve gas in a desolate war-zone, suddenly all hell breaks loose and immediate strikes are inbound, US Senators urge all countries to bomb the country in question, because neither with a doubt nor an investigation the blame goes to the government of that country.

So… will we soon hear new radio shows starting with Gooooood Morning Syria? The perspective is gloomy as for some reason the American administration looks eager to get actively involved in the civil war, with some sort of military involvement seemingly imminent. What inspires even more curiosity and instantly turns on a red light, is the fact that the administration is so quick to accuse the less favoured of the sides in this conflict without any evidence what so ever. It looks 100% like what we have already seen in 2003.

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A Syrian Army tank destroyed during the civil war.

It does not require rocket science to notice the whole story of the Syrian Army being responsible for using the nerve agent Sarin just does not add up. Knowing that the US has drawn a Red Line for intervention should chem weapons be used and having the whole world closely watching every clash, it would take a madman to issue an order to use such weapons, a madman Bashar Al-Assad (Syrian President) clearly is not. Furthermore, there is no distinct front-line between the rebels and the government forces in the region where the weapons were used. This creates even more doubts. Chem weapons are area effect agents, effective against large concentrations of enemy troops (World War I) over open terrain and not in a densely populated area where no one can distinguish where the exact positions of enemy combatants, let alone their own troops that potentially could have also been hit during such an attack.

The weapons were used and there is by now no doubt about it. However, who used them and why is still vague. This incident bares some similarities to a scorched earth tactic. Used by a defending force in order to deny the attacking force any use of the captured terrain. Following a recent offensive, the upper hand in the conflict is in most areas seized by the government forces. All of this was accomplished using conventional weaponry.

Then there is the issue of the UN Inspectors that were there to investigate the sites of the alleged chemical weapons use. Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV “Our investigators have been in neighbouring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals. 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.”. However, she said her panel had not yet seen any evidence of Syrian government forces using chemical weapons, according to the BBC, but she added that more investigation was needed.

The Syrian Opposition constantly denies responsibility for the attack as they say there is no capability for them to use such weapons. However as the 1995 attacks on the Tokyo Metro have shown no elaborate means are necessary to conduct an attack using sarin gas.