Russia says it would present UN Security Council with evidence of rebel chemical arms use

Mr. Wouk observes that the evidence Russia plans to present to the United Nations must be “at least pretty good,” because otherwise Russia would not present it. He may well be right. It would have to be a pretty poor effort to fall below the standard of the “evidence” thus far made public — and generally deemed to show conclusively that the Assad regime did it. Thus far, there has been an absence of convincing, direct, non-circumstantial evidence beyond that chemical weapons were used. Generally, in a civilized society, to convict someone of a crime it is necessary to show not only that a crime was committed but also who committed it.

Russia says it would present UN Security Council with evidence of rebel chemical arms use | JPost | Israel News.

( Now this is interesting.  They wouldn’t be presenting this evidence if it wasn’t at least pretty good.  Given the Al Qaeda forces in the opposition, it’s not beyond credibility that they would have used chemicals.  – JW )

By REUTERS
09/18/2013 18:28
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, who met with Assad in Damascus, received evidence from the Syrian government showing rebels were behind chemical weapons attack; says UN investigators’ findings were tainted by politics.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov Photo: Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

MOSCOW – Russia will show the UN Security Council evidence it has received from Syria’s government pointing to the use of chemical weapons by rebels in the Damascus suburbs, Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.

Lavrov, who has…

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I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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