French Paper Reports Chemical Attacks in Syria Firsthand
'Le Monde' describes chemical attacks in gritty detail
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
A woman named Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian army shelled her house in Idlib, northern Syria.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

(Newser) – When Obama last spoke about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he said he wanted to avoid "rushing to judgement" because "we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them." Well, here's some detail: Journalists from French newspaper Le Monde spent two months with rebels in Damascus, where they report witnessing multiple chemical attacks firsthand, and spoke to medical centers all over the region that reported treating people suffering the effects of gas attacks.

"No odor, no smoke, not even a whistle to indicate the release of a toxic gas," writes reporter Jean-Philippe Rémy. "And then the symptoms appear. The men cough violently. Their eyes burn, their pupils shrink, their vision blurs. Soon they experience difficulty breathing, sometimes in the extreme; they begin to vomit or lose consciousness." But it's still difficult to pin the attacks back to the Assad regime, he writes, so foreign leaders may remain reluctant to intervene. In related news, John McCain, a vocal proponent of further intervention in Syria, sneaked into the country today to meet rebel leaders, the Daily Beast reports. Click to read the full report from Le Monde.

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julianpenrod
May 27, 2013 11:39 PM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } The “journalists” claim to have “witnessed” Syrian “rebels” respond to “chemical attacks”. Were they with the “rebels”? If so, why did they not record that they, themselves, suffered the effects? Did they merely view a film specially prepared to con the gullible and the dim witted into believing the “rebels” were being attacked by gas? The fact that no other comment has noticed this glaring inconsistency only demonstrates how effective the New World Order mind washing machinery has been or how many moles the New World Order has spreading comments to steer issues the wrong way or both.
apocalypso
May 27, 2013 10:11 PM CDT
It's an absolute tragedy if this happens to anyone, no matter which side they're on. Too bad media are all owned by the same corporate interests which profit enormously aggravating from these conflicts, which makes it impossible to know who's telling the truth and who the real victims are. Both sides claim victimhood to gain social capital. Just like Libya. Just like Bosnia. Just like every other conflict, ever. SSDD.
Lefty_Libby
May 27, 2013 6:36 PM CDT
Arms escalation never leads to anything good. I'd prefer we remain neutral, but if we must get involved, drop some bunker busters on Assad and on his military HQ, and call it a day. Don't give anymore damned arms to anybody that they can use on us 'tomorrow.' Sen. McCain has no business farting around in this mess. It borders on treason. When it comes to war, he's an old hammer who sees everything as a nail.