Cluster bombs, Syria, and Barack Obama
Well folks it was just a
matter of time before something like this was exposed...and to be exposed
by a civilian is amazing.
Elliot Higgins, a British citizen with absolutely NO military
experience or any background in weapons analysis whatsoever has
proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Syrian army, Bashar
al-Assad's army, has used cluster bombs on their own people. Assad
continues denying he's ever used or ordered them used saying he knows cluster bombs
are an internationally banned weapon.
Some background...Cluster bombs were banned (because their
'bomblets' spread over a wide area and makes NO distinction between
civilian and military targets) by The Convention on Cluster Munitions
on August 1, 2010 as a binding international law with 107 countries signing the treaty and 7 countries having ratified it. But Syria, like all
Middle East countries except Lebanon, did NOT sign and did NOT
take part in the 2007-2008 Oslo Process, which led to creation of
said treaty, and as
such does NOT legally have to abide by it...and they're NOT.
When interviewed by CNN Higgins said, "With the cluster bombs the
Syrian government still seems to have the official policy of refusing
to state that they are using them. And I've collected a vast amount
of evidence of cluster bombs in Syria. There is video of cluster
bombs dispersing from helicopters. That's something that can't
really be faked."
NO it can't, and now the New York based international human rights
group, Human Rights Watch, has proven through field investigations
and preliminary analysis of over 450 videos posted to the internet,
that at 119 or more locations across Syria at least 156 cluster bombs
have been used in the past six months...used on populated areas in
Assad's effort to push back rebel advances along Syria's main
north-south highway, causing massive civilian casualties...and that
he's expanding their use.
And when pressed for a response to these charges, speaking on the
condition of anonymity because he was NOT 'authorized' to make
official statements to the media, a senior Syrian government official
denied that Assad's forces use cluster bombs and said, "Many
amateur videos are doubtful."
Oh sure they are...over 450 videos are all 'doubtful'...and pigs
fly (good analogy for muslims, huh, but I digress...)
Assad can bloviate all he wants that his forces are NOT using them
but 450 videos don't lie. And if he's lying about using banned cluster
bombs you can also bet he's lying about using chemical weapons
against his own people as well.
Cluster bombs are banned because besides the initial death
and maim toll, that's only the beginning of the carnage they cause.
Cluster bombs are impossible to use with precision because they're
ejected in dense bunches from free-falling dispensers dropped from
aircraft in flight causing them to scatter and descend nose-down to
land and explode almost at once over a wide area, often hundreds of
yards across. And the 'bomblets' that don't explode immediately kill
and maim long after the initial explosion, because while appearing
like landmine 'duds' that are anything but.
And here's a bit more of NOT happy news...these bombs that Assad
is using against rebel-supporting civilian populations were made in
the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. These PTAB-2.5Ms
were designed by Communist engineers to destroy battlefield
formations of Western armored vehicles and tanks. But the question
is when were these weapons delivered to Syria as Russia continues to
be their main arms supplier even with the collapse of the Soviet
Union. Did Syria acquire them long ago from the old Soviet
Union...did they recently get them from Russia...or were
they gotten through a third party deal...or, and this is scary...in a
weapons smuggling operation (can you say Benghazi).
To date there is no reliable information on how or when Syria
acquired these weapons, and that's very disturbing for a number of
reasons, the first and foremost being that Obama isn't pressing the
issue. And why isn't he...it's because he considers Syria to be at
the center of most every alliance and agreement with Russia that
keeps the Middle East from falling into complete and total chaos,
and as such he doesn't want to step on Russia's toes. Second, Obama
has been the most adamant of all NATO leaders in denying the Syrian
people a 'NO FLY ZONE'
or giving the Syrian opposition any outright military support. And
third, in defended his reluctance to use US military force to halt
the Syrian civil war with its slaughter of innocents, Obama claims
experience has shown him that slow coalition-building and outside
pressure will yield better results.
Oh yeah, we all know how well Obama's experience at coalition-building has
worked out...his coalition-building with the Muslim Brotherhood,
Hamas, and all things anti-Israel. And like he said in an interview
with The New Republic Magazine, "In a situation like Syria, I
have to ask, can we make a difference in that situation?"
answer that I say to Barack HUSSEIN Obama, “let our military
experts decide what's best in regards to Syria, because you, your
inexperience, and your phony Arab Spring have turned the entire
Middle East into one hell of a fire keg that's ready to explode.”