Robert Parry, of ConsotiumNews and noted investigative reporter has just published an investigative report on the August 21 Sarin Gas attack in Syria. The report is entitled “The Mistaken Guns of Last August” and can be seen at ConsortiumNews.com. He cites the work of Richard Lloyd of Tesla Labs and Theodore A. Postol, science professor at MIT. Parry says:
“A new report by two American weapons specialists, entitled “Possible Implications of Faulty US Technical Intelligence in the Damascus Nerve Agent Attack,” makes clear that the case presented by Kerry and the Obama administration was scientifically impossible because the range of the key rocket carrying Sarin was less than a third of what the U.S. government was claiming.
The two rocket specialists – Richard Lloyd, a former United Nations weapons inspector who is now associated with Tesla Laboratories, and Theodore A. Postol, professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – concluded that the rocket’s limited range meant that it couldn’t have come from Syrian government-controlled areas as delineated by a map released by the Obama administration last August.”
Parry reports that the work of these researchers debunks the report issued by Humans Rights Watch and the NYT attributing the Sarin attack to the Assad regime.
There remain more questions than answers as to the source of the Sarin attack and in my opinion, raises red flags about the certainty on the source voiced by both President Obama and Secretary Kerry. The lesson for me here? Question authority until you share the certainty of those we elect to office on issues of life, death and destruction. I also recommend the work of Sey Hersh on this issue.