Bibles called ‘worse than chemical weapons’

Syrian rebel fighters make video of confiscated materials

Syrian rebel fighters make video of confiscated materials

Bibles in Syria

(WND) A video apparently made by some of the Islamists fighting and killing each other and the population in Syrian reveals quantities of Bibles and biblical materials, such as the Book of John, as a narrator describes them as being “more dangerous than chemical weapons.”

The video appeared yesterday, just as reports were coming out of Syria about how the Islamist rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s army were “liberating” villages, and then forcing Christians there to convert to Islam or be beheaded.

There were statements that Christians were being abducted and executed, although there were conflicting reports.

The new video of the confiscated Bibles was posted by Eretz Zen, who describes himself as a secular Syrian who opposes “having my country turned into a Taliban-like state.”

The video shows stacks of Arabic language Bibles and other books, and a sign that is posted with the warning, “O nation of Muhammad, wake up. For there are things even more dangerous than chemical weapons. Beware the Christianization campaigns.”

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What Happens if there is Overwhelming Proof that the Rebels Used Chemical Weapons?

Commentary by:  Gordon King

I have been reading all of these articles on President Assad supposedly using chemical weapons against the Syrian rebel forces.  President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are completely convinced that Assad was the one who used them and not the rebels.  They say that they have proof.  Although no one has actually seen the proof.

Russia, Iran and China all say that it was the Syrian rebels who used the chemical weapons and not President Assad.  Well, I have seen no proof either way. 

What happens if undeniable proof comes forward that President Assad was not the one who used the chemical weapons.  That it was definitely  the Syrian rebels.

What then?  Will President Obama want to strike the rebels?  Will he be just as adamant about stopping the rebels from committing such an act in the future?

Just a thought.  God Bless Everyone!

Assad warns attacking Syria could ignite regional war

President charges that neither US nor France have proof his forces used chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar Television on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Al-Manar Television)

Syrian President Bashar Assad during an interview broadcast on Al-Manar television on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Al-Manar Television)

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Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday demanded the world produce evidence his forces used chemical weapons, calling the region a “powder keg” and warning an attack against him would ignite a regional war.

“Nobody knows what will happen” if the US or other countries attack Syria,” Assad said in an interview to the French paper Le Figaro. “Everyone will lose control of the situation when the powder keg explodes. Chaos and extremism will spread… There is a risk of regional war.”

 Assad told the paper that Western claims of intelligence proving the regime’s use of chemical weapons in an attack near Damascus last month that killed hundreds were spurious.

“Anyone who accuses [the use of gas] must provide evidence,” the president said, adding he had asked the US and France to prove their claims, but Presidents “[Barack] Obama and [Francois] Hollande were unable to.”

Though Assad avoided confirming his army was in possession of chemical weapons, which the West claim were used to kill some 1,400 people two weeks ago, the president said it would “illogical” for the Syrian army to use such munitions close to its own troops.

U.S. has sense of urgency but no timeline on Syria

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(Reuters) – The Obama administration has not set a timeline for responding to the use of chemical weapons in Syria but officials are preparing options for President Barack Obama with a sense of urgency, the State Department said on Monday.

“People feel that there’s a sense of urgency … but no timeline,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington, shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry issued a strong statement saying evidence of a massive deadly chemical attack last week was “undeniable.”

(Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

Opposition: Syrian forces fire chemical weapons at rebels

03/25/2013 01:23
AMMAN – Syrian opposition campaigners said on Monday Syrian forces fired what they said were chemical weapons from multiple rocket launchers at rebels surrounding an army base in the town of Adra on the outskirts of Damascus, killing two fighters and wounding 23.

“Doctors are describing the chemical weapon used as phosphorus that hits the nervous system and causes imbalance and loss of consciousness. The two fighters were very close to where the rockets exploded and they died swiftly. The rest are being treated with Atropine,” said Mohammad al-Doumani, an activist in the nearby town of Douma, where the wounded were transported.

There was no independent confirmation of the attack, which follows the death of 26 people in a rocket attack near the city of Aleppo last week. The authorities and rebels accused each other of firing a missile carrying chemicals there.

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Chemical Weapons “Red Line” Crossed in Syria

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
March 19, 2013

In late August, 2012, Obama warned Syria not to use chemical weapons in its battle against CIA backed and Saudi and Qatari funded and armed rebels.

“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Obama said during a press conference at the White House. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime — but also to other players on the ground — that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.

“That would change my calculus; that would change my equation.”

“I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and anyone who is under his command,” Obama said before a military audience at the National Defense University in Fort McNair. “If you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”

In December, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated Obama’s warning.

“We have made our views very clear. This is a red line for the United States. I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against his own people, but suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur,” Clinton said after a meeting in Prague with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.

Prior to Clinton’s remarks, officials in the United States claimed Syria had taken preparatory steps with regard to its chemical weapons stockpile.

In January, the Pentagon announced it is prepared to act in response to Syrian chemical weapons. When asked if the U.S. will take military action and secure Syria’s chemical weapons, then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said sending troops was a possibility. “You always have to keep the possibility that, if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved, that they might ask for assistance in that situation. But in a hostile situation, we’re not planning to ask for that,” Panetta said.

Syria recently told the United Nations it fears al-Qaeda and other extremist groups supported by the U.S. will be equipped with chemical weapons.

“We have repeatedly stated publicly and through diplomatic channels that Syria will not under any circumstances use any chemical weapons that it may have, because it is defending its people from terrorists backed by well-known states, at the forefront of which is the United States of America,” said Bashar Ja’afari, the Syrian United Nations ambassador, in a letter to U.N. Boss Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council.

On Tuesday, Syria accused CIA sponsored al-Qaeda rebels of using chemical weapons in a missile attack on the village of Khan al-Assal near the city of Aleppo. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said 16 people were killed and 86 wounded by the missiles reportedly containing “poisonous gases” fired from Nairab district.

Bush U.N. ambassador John Bolton tells Fox News the chemical attack was launched by Syrian government.

Rebels blamed the Syrian government for the deadly attack. “Why would the Free Syrian Army bomb themselves with a chemical weapon?” asked an FSA mercenary.

In December, al-Qaeda mercenaries seized a military base and chemical weapons research center near Aleppo. According to reports, mustard gas and nerve agents were allegedly stored at the center.

“Probably anyone from the Free Syrian Army or any Islamic extremist group could take them over,” Assad army defector, retired Maj. Gen. Adnan Silou, told the Washington Post.

The attack on Tuesday arrives one day before a meeting between Obama and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Monday, we reported that during the meetings the United States and Israel will settle on a common goal – escalating the war in Syria and doubling up the effort to take out the Assad government and replace it with one more amendable to Israel and the United States.

Now that chemical weapons have appeared on the scene — regardless of which side actually used them — the United States and Israel have an excuse to escalate tensions inside Syria and confront Assad’s military directly under the weapons of mass destruction pretext.

On January 28, Alex Jones talked about a Syrian false flag including the use of chemical weapons:

This article was posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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Syria: regime accuses rebels of killing 25 in chemical weapons attack

Russia and America have been drawn into a dispute between the Syrian regime and rebel fighters over reports that chemical weapons were used in an attack on an Aleppo suburb that killed up to 25 people.

3:42PM GMT 19 Mar 2013

 • White House: ‘no evidence’ rebels used chemical weapons

• Russia points finger at Syria opposition
• Attack has not been independently confirmed
• Reuters photographer: ‘The air smelled of chlorine’

Syria’s regime accused rebel fighters of firing a chemical weapon at a town in the country’s north. The regime has claimed that up to 25 people were killed in the attack but the rebels claimed only Damascus can deploy chemical weapons.

The Russian foreign ministry said it also had information showing that the rebels had carried out a chemical weapons attack.

This afternoon the White House said it was “looking carefully” at allegations that a chemical weapons attack had taken place, with a spokesman saying there was “no evidence” yet to substantiate the claim that the rebels were responsible.

Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters: “We are deeply skeptical of a regime that has lost all credibility and we would also warn the regime against making these kinds of charges as any kind of pretext or cover for its use of chemical weapons.”

He said that US President Barack Obama has warned of the consequences should chemical weapons be used in Syria, but would not elaborate on measures under consideration.

Mr Obama has previously said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a “red line” that could trigger an American intervention.

Britain said on Tuesday it was aware of the reports, adding that the use or proliferation of chemical weapons there would demand a serious response from the international community.

But a spokesman for Syria’s rebel command said the regime had fired Scud missile equipped with a chemical warhead on the area.

A young boy is treated in an Aleppo hospital after what the Syrian government claims was a chemical weapons attack. Picture: REUTERS/George Ourfalian

The official news agency, Sana, said the attack had occurred in Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo, killing 25 people. Syria has one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons and both sides have made claim and counter-claim about use of the weapons.

“Terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo and initial reports indicate that around 15 people were killed, most of them civilians,” Sana, the state news agency, said in an initial report. The agency later upped its report of the death toll to 25.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said officials were investigating the claims and warned the consequences could be very serious.

“We’re aware of today’s press reports alleging that a chemical weapon was fired in the north of Syria and are looking into them.

“The use of chemical weapons would be abhorrent and universally condemned. The UK is clear that the use or proliferation of chemical weapons would demand a serious response from the international community and force us to revisit our approach so far.”

A little girl is treated in hospital in Aleppo after what the regime claimed was a chemical weapons attack. Picture: Reuters

The head of an international anti-chemical weapons body said this afternoon that he had no independent confirmation of the attack.

“I don’t think we know more than you do at the moment,” Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told a seminar in Vienna.

A Reuters photographer on the scene said the victims were sent to four hospitals in government-controlled areas of Aleppo and some were having trouble breathing.

“I saw mostly women and children,” he said. “They said that people were suffocating in the streets and the air smelt strongly of chlorine.”

“People were dying in the streets and in their houses,” he said over the phone after visiting the University of Aleppo hospital and the al-Rajaa hospital.

Medics transport a Syrian Army soldier wounded in what they said was a chemical weapon attack near Aleppo (Reuters)

Twenty-six people were killed in the rocket attack, a human rights monitoring group with a network of sources of the ground said.

“Sixteen Syrian regular army soldiers were killed in Khan al-Assal,” Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “Ten more died in hospital but I cannot confirm if they are civilians or soldiers.”

Omran al-Zoabi, Syria’s Information Minister, said the country’s armed forces would never use internationally banned weapons.

“Syria’s army leadership has stressed this before and we say it again, if we had chemical weapons we would never use them due to moral, humanitarian and political reasons,” Mr Zoabi said in a televised news conference today.

“Our armed forces absolutely could not use, not now, nor at any time, nor in the past, any weapon banned by international law.”

Medics attend to a man at a hospital in Khan al-Assal in the northern Aleppo province (AFP/Getty Images)

He said Turkey and Qatar, which have supported rebels, bore “legal, moral and political responsibility” for the strike – a charge dismissed by a Turkish official as baseless.

The Russian foreign ministry pinned the blame for the attack on the rebels, though it was not clear if Moscow was relying on information from Syria or had independently confirmed the incident.

“According to information we are getting from Damascus, early in the morning on March 19, in Aleppo province there was a case of the Syrian opposition using chemical weapons,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said it was “seriously concerned by the fact that weapons of mass destruction have fallen into the hands of the rebels, which even further complicates the situation in Syria”.

The statement once again called on all sides to renounce violence and negotiate to end to the two-year conflict.

Syrian citizens carry an injured man from a damaged building that was hit by a Syrian forces airstrike in the al-Marjeh neighborhood of Aleppo (AP)

Russia is viewed as one of Syria’s closest allies and has three times blocked UN sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

The allegation emerged as the Syria National Coalition (SNC) picked Ghassan Hitto, an exile who ran an IT company and was involved in Islamic activism in the US, as the prime minister charged with establishing services in the north.

An executive in the west for 25 years, Mr Hitto moved to southern Turkey late last year to head the Assistance Co-Ordination Unit, which helps move supplies from supporters to Syrian populations in “free areas” of the country.

The SNC has been under pressure from its Western and Arab backers to form an interim government that would attract weapons and humanitarian aid from the international community.

But there were divisions over the choice of Mr Hitto, who won 35 out of 49 votes recorded. SNC members unhappy about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the exiled opposion had backed a defector with strong family ties to the regime.

The SNC leadership defended the choice of Mr Hitto, who is a member of the Kurdish minority. “This is a transparent, democratic vote,” said Moaz al-Khatib, the chairman.

 

Others fear his lack of military experience will perpetuate the divisions between politicans and soldiers that has granted the initiative to Islamic fundamentalists.

But the commander of the armed wing said his officers would recognise the political leadership provided by Mr Hitto.

“Any institutions not following this government would be considered to be acting illegitimately and would be prosecuted,” Gen Selim Idriss said.

Meanwhile a US official said Baghdad is “looking the other way” as Iran sends military equipment through Iraqi airspace to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime .

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, called on Iraq to randomly search Iranian planes flying to Syria, and said Washington had complained to “all levels of the Iraqi government” about the lack of inspection.

“It’s reasonable to stop the planes and inspect them,” the official said. “At least do some randomly and legitimately to see. They (Iraq) have cause to be suspicious. Instead, they are suspending their disbelief, looking the other way, and averting their gaze.”

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