Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Response to Chemical Weapons Allegations in his own words

Western nations are laying a media campaign and military logistics for a potential attack against Syria.  As the drumbeat of war sounds, collective critical thinking is most vulnerable.
Images of chemical weapons victims are abhorrent.  But consider this:  Even if we are to believe the West’s claim that Bashar al-Assad’s government is behind the chemical weapons attack, there can be no denying that the insurgent al-Qaeda “rebel” forces that started a campaign of destabilization of Syria are backed by the United States, Saudi Arabia and other Western powers.  Never mind congestive dissonance.  Most Americans are completely oblivious to this fact.
In order to sift through the fog of war, it’s important to consider multiple perspectives.  Recently, the Russian newspaper Izvestia published an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  It was translated into multiple languages.  Given that use of chemical weapons is the purported “Casus belli” for Western intervention, it’s worthwhile examining al-Assad’s response to this specific accusation.
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