Thursday, April 13, 2017
Was ISIS Behind Syria Gas Attack?
Those who claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against rebels need to consider the possibility that some members of his military are ISIS sympathizers. Considering the reaction Assad generated when he previously used nerve gas, it seems unlikely he would use gas now. He would be unlikely to receive any benefit from using gas.
ISIS could be the biggest potential beneficiary of using gas because of the potential of an American response against Syria. On the eve of World War II Germany created the appearance of a Polish attack on a German radio station to justify a German invasion of Poland. ISIS could have had its operatives replace regular Syrian munitions with poison gas so that the Syrian government would appear to be responsible for using the gas.
I'm sure ISIS would love to get President Donald Trump to repeat President Barack Obama's huge blunder in Libya. Obama created a political vacuum in Libya by overthrowing the government without the presence of a viable replacement. Terrorists quickly took advantage of the opportunity to operate in Libya. ISIS gained supporters from those upset about American and European "imperialism".
Syrian rebels don't appear any more capable of controlling the country than Libyan rebels were at the time of the Western invasion. American overthrow of the Syrian government would give ISIS an opportunity to replace the geographic base it is losing in Iraq.
Westerners sometimes ask why people in the Middle East hate western nations so much. The people of the Middle East resent Western intervention in their countries. The areas that today are the site of countries with names like "Egypt", "Syria", "Iran" and "Iraq" were the locations of the capitals of great empires when Europeans were too primitive to have governments. ISIS and other terrorist organizations claim they can restore a Middle Eastern empire.
Those who claim Adolf Hitler didn't use poison gas in WWII ignore the gas chambers Hitler used to murder Jews.