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Uncorroborated: Syria’s Sarin Gas Attack May Have Saudi/al-Nusra Rebel Links

There is a uncorroborated report making its way around the web by Ms. Dale Gavlak  — an AP correspondent and writer for MintPress  — claiming that the chemical weapon attacks in Syria may have accidentally caused by Jabhat al-Nusra rebels. According to an excerpt from Gavlak’s report that was posted by the Daily Kos:

from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.

In a related story published by the Centre for Research on Globalization in Montreal, Canada, CRG says that the rebels were not properly trained in the use of chemical weapons and cites the Gavlak piece quoting a rebel that she allegedly interviewed in Syria:

Rebels told Gavlak that they were not properly trained on how to handle the chemical weapons or even told what they were. It appears as though the weapons were initially supposed to be given to the Al-Qaeda offshoot Jabhat al-Nusra. “We were very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” one militant named ‘J’ told Gavlak.

MintPress seems to be the original source for all of these stories. I have never heard of them, however, the Minnesota Post did a profile on them, as well as Gavlak. You can read all about it here.

Despite what you may hear in the media to the contrary, even without these reports, I still see the potential for a Left-Right coalition in the Congress opposing any action in Syria. It is going to be an interesting few weeks in Washington, DC.

While on the issue of Congress, the only Congressional leader who has made any intelligent commentary on Syria is Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). He was the first, and that I could tell only Member of Congress to use the word “vital” before the words national security interests. Yes, amigos/as, words matter a lot in this business … Cruz then went on to succinctly say:

To date I have heard a great deal from the administration about punishing Bashir al-Assad for violating an “international norm” through the use of chemical weapons, and that this is why we must act against him. Abstract notions about international norms should never displace U.S. sovereignty to act, or refuse to act, for our national security … It is now incumbent upon President Obama to make his case and persuade Congress that his plan is necessary, and the best course to preserve our security and protect our liberties.

This is what I like about Cruz, he has an ideological core that is tempered by common sense. You can read the entire Cruz statement here.

To those folks in this town who seek to dismiss Cruz, including people in our party, Cruz may be a freshman Senator, but so was Obama before he ran for President.

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