File this one under the heading of “Who knows”. Both sides have been accusing each other of using poison gas for weeks now, and the Muslim Brotherhood militias have everything to gain from faking another such attack. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, because Assad now has more incentive than ever to use poison gas to regain domestic confidence after Russia’s Vladimir Putin began backing away from him.
Until there is some kind of independent confirmation, even of the shoddily biased kind from some international NGO, there really isn’t much to talk about.
But we do know one local country that did use poison gas. And I’m not talking about Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, but the country that we are dispatching Patriot missiles to defend. Turkey.
German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels. German politicians are demanding an investigation.
It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings.
This was fairly recent and it was not the first time Turkey had been accused of gassing Kurds. But Turkey is an Islamist terror state that is our ally. Syria is a terror state that is our enemy. So off we go to defend Turkey from the consequences of a regime change operation that it started.