World View: Syria Chemical Weapons Inspection Offer 'Not Credible'

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  • U.S., U.K. call Syria chemical weapons inspection offer 'not credible'
  • Britain and France call for 'consequences' for Syria
  • New Buddhist on Muslim violence in Burma (Myanmar)

U.S., U.K. call Syria chemical weapons inspection offer 'not credible'

Pigeons lie dead on Saturday after Wednesday's chemical weapons attack (CNN)
Pigeons lie dead on Saturday after Wednesday's chemical weapons attack (CNN)

Syria said on Sunday that it will allow U.N. weapons inspectors full access to any site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, starting on Monday. However, both American and British officials are rejecting the offer, for two reasons: First, the regime waited five days for the offer, giving themselves time to tamper with the evidence; and second, the regime has been continuously showering the site with missiles, apparent in an effort to degrade or destroy the evidence, and that shelling is continuing as late as Sunday evening. According to a U.S. official:

"If the Syrian government had nothing to hide and wanted to prove to the world that it had not used chemical weapons in this incident, it would have ceased its attacks on the area and granted immediate access to the UN -- five days ago."

At this juncture, the belated decision by the regime to grant access to the U.N. team is too late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime's persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days.

Based on the reported number of victims, reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, witness accounts, and other facts gathered by open sources, the U.S. intelligence community, and international partners, there is very little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilians in this incident."

Another official said, "There is nothing credible to indicate that the rebels, either the Syrian National Council or even al-Nusra Front, have used chemical weapons. Only the Assad regime is responsible for chemical weapons use." CNN

Britain and France call for 'consequences' for Syria

British Foreign Secretary William Hague echoed the U.S. officials' remarks, and added:

"We cannot, in the 21st century, allow the idea that chemical weapons can be used with impunity, that people can be killed in this way and that there are no consequences for it."

Another White House statement said:

"President Obama and [French president François] Hollande discussed possible responses by the international community and agreed to continue to consult closely."

The momentum for some kind of military intervention appears to be building quickly. AFP and Reuters

New Buddhist on Muslim violence in Burma (Myanmar)

Burma, showing Kanbalu, Meiktila and Rakhine State, all sites of recent violence (BBC)
Burma, showing Kanbalu, Meiktila and Rakhine State, all sites of recent violence (BBC)

In signs that Buddhist on Muslim violence is continuing to widen in Burma (Myanmar), About 1,000 Buddhist rioters burned Muslim shops and homes in the village of Kanbalu, in the northern region of the country. This follows hundred of recent deaths of Muslims by Buddhists, first in Rakhine State in the southwest last year, and then in central Burma in March. (See "5-Apr-13 World View -- Meiktila, Burma, violence has echoes of Kristallnacht".)

The latest wave of violence erupted after a Muslim man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to rape a Buddhist woman on Saturday evening. A crowd of about 150 people and three Buddhist monks gathered at the police station demanding that the accused be handed over to them. When the authorities refused, the mob attacked Muslim property in the area and the crowd grew in size and ferocity as the night went on.

With this spreading anti-Muslim violence one can see a full-scale crisis civil war building between the Buddhists and the Muslims. It's going to explode into a major bloodbath before too much longer. AFP and BBC


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