According to Syrian rebels, on Thursday, the Assad regime launched another gas attack in Damascus. Rebels said that the attack happened in the Jobar area of Damascus, and that they did not know the nature of the chemical weapons, but that rebels were having trouble breathing. The rebels also posted video to Youtube showing rebels struggling to breathe.
The Syrians, apparently emboldened by the Obama administration’s decision to allow Syrian ally Russia to delay action through negotiation at the United Nations, have launched new assaults against the rebels ever since Tuesday. On Wednesday, 11 people were apparently killed in an Assad attack on a Syrian field hospital.
If the reports are accurate, the new attack represents a significant setback to the Obama administration’s new Russian-led negotiation strategy. Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues to insist, in somewhat pathetic fashion, that negotiations with Russia may bear fruit, even as the Russian regime reportedly plans on setting up a new nuclear facility, as well as selling anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
If the reports are inaccurate, the Obama administration will surely be forced to explain the evidentiary difference between last month’s chemical attack, which the administration has insisted is directly attributable to Assad, and today’s alleged attack.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).