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    MIT expert says Syria chemical attack was staged

    A leading weapons academic has claimed that the Khan Sheikhoun nerve agent attack in Syria was staged, raising questions about who was responsible.

    Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), issued a series of three reports in response to the White House's finding that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad perpetrated the attack on 4 April. He concluded that the US government's report does not provide any "concrete" evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.

    Postol said: "I have reviewed the [White House's] document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria at roughly 6am to 7am on 4 April, 2017.

    The image Postol refers to is that of a crater containing a shell inside, which is said to have contained the sarin gas. His analysis of the shell suggests that it could not have been dropped from an airplane as the damage of the casing is inconsistent from an aerial explosion. Instead, Postol said it was more likely that an explosive charge was laid upon the shell containing sarin, before being detonated. The implication of Postol's analysis is that it was carried out by anti-government insurgents as Khan Sheikhoun is in militant-controlled territory of Syria.

    Hmm what do you think?

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/mit-exper...100819428.html
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    Professor Postol is consistent.

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    There are at least 1000 scientists and professors with Prof. Postal's credentials and expertise...what is the consensus.

    Is Prof. Postal just a long time critic?

    Assad himself said Syria no longer had chemwpns as they were surrendered under UN agreement 2013.

    Does Assad claim having CW in 2013, but not using them? Why no protests by Assad for the chem attacks in 2013?

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    Sometimes, a "weapons academic" will say ANYTHING for the right compensation.

    A bag of small unmarked bills, perhaps?

    Especially when that "weapons academic" is a mouthpiece for Putin, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    There are at least 1000 scientists and professors with Prof. Postal's credentials and expertise...what is the consensus.

    Is Prof. Postal just a long time critic?

    Assad himself said Syria no longer had chemwpns as they were surrendered under UN agreement 2013.

    Does Assad claim having CW in 2013, but not using them? Why no protests by Assad for the chem attacks in 2013?
    All good points. Prof Postal also says in the article that "the Syria issue has been over politicized." Is it possible he is also swayed by his anti war sentiments? He has said he is a bit of a pacifist at heart, so is he just assuming innocence to prevent conflict? Or that maybe it isn't our business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    All good points. Prof Postal also says in the article that "the Syria issue has been over politicized." Is it possible he is also swayed by his anti war sentiments? He has said he is a bit of a pacifist at heart, so is he just assuming innocence to prevent conflict? Or that maybe it isn't our business?
    I do have to say though, I don't remember anyone explaining how it was known that this attack was done by the Syrian government, even though hours after the attack, all news reports agreed that it was. How do they know? Of course that isn't reason enough to believe they didn't do it, but there are certainly a few different groups that could have done it. Other than it gives the US a chance to step in, why should we automatically believe it was the Syrian government?

    Seems like there was a lot less questioning about who did it this time. Maybe that's because it was more obvious, but I certainly never heard what made it obvious.
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    Trump got s bump in the polls and his supporters think this means he isn't a Russian Puppet. What difference does it make who did it now? Look at it from Trump's point of view, GEEZ, you are a kill joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Sometimes, a "weapons academic" will say ANYTHING for the right compensation.

    A bag of small unmarked bills, perhaps?

    Especially when that "weapons academic" is a mouthpiece for Putin, eh?

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    Why hide the evidence from an independent investigation? Keep parroting the war propaganda and see if it ends up any different than Iraq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    There are at least 1000 scientists and professors with Prof. Postal's credentials and expertise...what is the consensus.

    Is Prof. Postal just a long time critic?

    Assad himself said Syria no longer had chemwpns as they were surrendered under UN agreement 2013.

    Does Assad claim having CW in 2013, but not using them? Why no protests by Assad for the chem attacks in 2013?
    The entire thing stinks. Why the heck would Assad do such a thing when he knew it could help push US pressure to oust him? Sounds like someone wanting to start WWIII and get people move involved in Syria to start that process is responsible. I wouldn't be surprised if it was ISIS. Also, wouldn't be suprised if it was Putin trying to silence all the evidence coming about him and Trump, and even Trumps response was to distract and put off the message of "see, we aren't friendly wiht Russia". All could be a ploy.

    I just don't get what Assad gets out of doing such a thing and to get evne more scrutiny on his leadership
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