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  •  stinks to high heavens (7+ / 0-)

    is the correct term. Many people seem blinded by "glittering" misinformation it seems.

    So, we choose to believe German intelligence which says that Assad did not order nor approve any CW attacks. This leaves us with someone else from military command. It can't be many for sure.
    Questions arise: Are they loyal to Assad or not?

    If still loyal, why would they disobey him? No strategic advantage in using them on such a small scale and in the particular area they were used. How would such an attack benefit the Assad side? The only thing that it would do (and did) was to activate direct attack from the US as this was (coincidence!!) the trigger set forth by Obama.

    What would be the consequence of a US attack? Possibly the end of Assad and his regime including the alleged perpetrators. What part of that makes any sense?

    If not loyal to Assad, then they belong to the other side which makes the moral dilema even worse. They used CW to frame Assad and I'm supposed to cheer them as freedom fighters?

    •  No strategic advantage on a small scale ... (1+ / 0-)
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      which leaves us with the conclusion that this was a feeler to see whether they could get away with using them. Assad carefully maintained plausible deniability by reprimanding the local commander after they used them.

      if they had gotten away with it without any adverse reaction on the world stage, they would have used them on a large scale.

      This is the only possibility that seems at all likely to me.

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