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  •  Do not expect much from U.N. inspectors (0+ / 0-)

    Back on Aug. 26 Mona Mahmood talked to doctor Dr Abu Akram, who runs a makeshift hospital at Mua'adamiyat Al-Sham.

    Dr Abu Akram was not impressed with the inspectors.

    They took samples of the soil and some affected animals. They took a chicken. They refused to take the chemical rocket. It seems they are not allowed to take the rocket with them.

    ...

    The committee did not visit any house in the district. We asked the committee to exhume the bodies for checking them. But they refused. They say that there was no need to do that.

    We had prepared samples for the committee from some bodies and video documentation. There were urine and blood samples as well as clothes. But they refused to take them.

    We asked them if they could supply us with medical aid but they said that they do not have the authority to do so.

    We are worried that the regime intelligence would play with the samples and change them. The hotel is under the control of the regime.

    Some of the Arab members of the committee were not in support with us. We do not want their support but we want them to be objective.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 05:52:20 AM PDT

    •  Assad regime ordered UN team out. (0+ / 0-)

      That's the real story in that article.

      The doctor's ideas of what the UN team's procedures should be are only that -- the doctor's ideas.

      I could certainly defend the UN inspectors' decision to not accept urine and blood samples collected by another party. Surely that would be prohibited for any inspection team. And since the UN team collected tissue and blood samples from victims in hospital, the doctor seems unreasonable to request exhumation of bodies for more tests.

      “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

      by SoCalSal on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:03:28 AM PDT

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