Was Assad Responsible for the Sarin Gas Attacks in 2013? Or Was It ISIS?

Was Assad Responsible for the Sarin Gas Attacks in 2013

Victims of Sarin Gas attack in Ghouta, Syria vicinity, August 21, 2013 Source: Reuters

In a recent special MERIA report, Jon Spyer reported on the probable ISIS Chemical Weapons  (CW) attack that killed Kurdish YPG fighters in the village of Avdiko near Kobani, Syria, It was reminiscent of the mid-2013 gas attacks on civilian population centers in Syria, one of which killed 1,500 in the suburbs of Damascus. The attacks were generally considered by world leaders and analysts to have been perpetrated by the Assad regime.  There is, however, considerable evidence indicating that those horrific attacks may not have been perpetrated by Assad at all, but, in fact, they were most likely the work of ISIS.

Recent experience with ISIS demonstrates their willingness to behave far beyond the capabilities of any other terrorist organization. Moreover, the situation in Syria is extremely complex, to the point of being bewildering to the Western mind. To oversimplify the events that take place in this strange and deadly war is both foolish and dangerous. Continue reading

Terrorist Attacks Against Israelis On the Rise, Ignored by West

Funeral of Eden AttiasOn Wednesday, November 13,  an 18-year old, newly-drafted Israeli soldier Eden Atias boarded an Egged bus that would take him back to his base. Before the trip had barely begun, he fell asleep. Atias had just entered the Israeli army two weeks earlier and was still in his first days of basic training. While he slept, the 16-year old sitting next to him stabbed him viciously, several times in the neck. Atias was rushed to Haemek Hospital in Afula, where surgeons worked feverishly to save his life, but could not. Atias died in the hospital, and before the day was ended, he was buried at the Nazareth Illit military cemetery (photo shows family mourning at his funeral).

The murderer, Hussein Sharif Rawarda, was immediately arrested by the Israeli police. He told them, “I boarded the bus with the intention of stabbing someone. . . . to bring a gift to the Palestinian people and to Hamas prisoners for the festival of sacrifice”. Continue reading