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Kerry: Chem Weapons Used in Syria; Arabs Lied on Talks Walkout

US unwilling to do more than confirm horrorific reality in Syria, AP reporter blows Arab cover

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry spoke to reporters at a press briefing today to discuss the issue of chemical weapons used against civilians in Syria.

Kerry was emphatic that the U.S. is absolutely certain chemical weapons were used against Syrian civilians, and he brusquely brushed aside claims made by the Syrian regime that it was the opposition who used the weapons.  The secretary of state was aggressive in his denunciation of the Assad regime’s offer to allow in inspectors while continuing to attack the same area where the chemical weapons had been used.

“It is a moral obscenity and, despite equivocations, is undeniable,” Kerry said about the use of chemical weapons.

“Our sense of basic humanity is offended,” by the use of the weapons, but also by the regime’s “cynical attempt to cover it up,” Kerry told reporters.  He said the regime’s “belated offer to allow access,” coupled with “today’s attack on U.N. investigators” is “not the behavior of a government with nothing to hide.”

The secretary of state’s report was long on emotion but short on direction.

All Kerry would say about actions being taken is that President Obama is “actively consulting with members of congress” and with “key allies,” and that the president would be “making an informed decision,” presumably about whether and when the U.S. will take any military action against Syria.

In the daily briefing given by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf following the secretary of state’s statement, it appears that any response that the U.S. is formulating at the present time is focused solely on the use of chemical weapons, and not as a response to the ongoing civil war.

PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP LIED ABOUT CANCELLING TALKS IN JERICHO

Spokesperson Harf also, in response to intense questioning by Matt Lee of the AP, reiterated her earlier unequivocal statement that there had been no cancellation of talks between the Israeli and Arab Palestinian negotiators.  Lee, frustrated by Harf’s refusal to be cajoled into going off message – she repeatedly stated, “we are not going to confirm every meeting that takes place,” finally burst out, “one party is lying…” and later wondered aloud “why won’t you just say the Palestinians” are lying? Harf refused to respond, leaving Lee’s statement uncontested.

In other words, Lee revealed that despite the public statements by Arab Palestinian leaders following the funerals of those who died in Qalandiya on Monday, no talks were cancelled.  The Arab Palestinian leaders were playing to their street, while going forward with the talks.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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18 Responses to “Kerry: Chem Weapons Used in Syria; Arabs Lied on Talks Walkout”

  1. Richard Korkiakoski says:

    The Bible, Zecharyah 12:3
    And on that day, I will make Yerushalayim a burdensome stone for all the peoples…
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10207337/Wife-of-John-Kerry-leaves-hospital-three-weeks-after-seizure.html

  2. Let the damned arabs gass themselves all to death. Ok with me.

  3. AMEN!! AMEN!! JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN!!!! ALL OTHER WAYS ARE RIDICULOUSLY FALSE AND WILL LEAD TO DARKNESS!

  4. AMEN!! AMEN!! JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN!!!! ALL OTHER WAYS ARE RIDICULOUSLY FALSE AND WILL LEAD TO DARKNESS!

  5. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    The same goofy Bible interpretation found in everything Xians say, Ricky. || It ain’t over yet concerning Syria and the US.

  6. The same goofy Bible interpretation found in everything Xians say, Ricky. || It ain’t over yet concerning Syria and the US.

  7. The same goofy Bible interpretation found in everything Xians say, Ricky. || It ain’t over yet concerning Syria and the US.

  8. Abbas is just playing to two streets; one, in the West, by pretending to talk, and one, in Ramallah, by pretending he's not talking. Inasmuch as nothing meaningful will ever come of the talks, he's being more honest to his own people than to the West, but for some reason the West continues to be delighted to be lied to. I wish I knew why.

  9. When I found out negotiations were cancelled, I thought there must be a higher source looking out for Israel. I was thankful that the Palestinians saved Israel from destroying itself. Negotiations would not bother me so much if Israel made smart decisions about what is acceptable and what's not. Clearly this isn't the case. However, perhaps the situation un Syria will divert attention away from this issue. Let's hope so.

  10. Lawrence, you are absolutely correct. It's the Arabs that are saving Israel from self-mutilation by refusing to negotiate. The day the Arabs say "yes" will be the day Israel's final destruction begins. I can't help but believe the hand of G-d is protecting the Jewish People from their spineless leaders.

  11. Democrats urging military action over WMD's. Good one. (Hey, at least we finally know where Iraq hid them)

  12. Les Le Gear says:

    arabs lie. It's part of their "culture".

  13. Jim Draper says:

    Kerry looks like he finally had someone to read my post to him, how someone can get through collage and still cannot read is beyond me. There is one sure thing he has in common with the palestinians, the truth is not in him, listen everyone with half a brain knows the palestinians are jordanians and jordanians are palestinians, force them all imediately to the other side of the Jordan, and imediately, all stone throwers will cease trying to kill jews, peace and quite, give jordan free gas for a year, and watch the palestinian economy grow leaps and bounds, I personally belive they concentrate on hating jews to to point they could never make a decent civilized society.

  14. Jim Draper says:

    Kerry looks like he finally had someone to read my post to him, how someone can get through collage and still cannot read is beyond me. There is one sure thing he has in common with the palestinians, the truth is not in him, listen everyone with half a brain knows the palestinians are jordanians and jordanians are palestinians, force them all imediately to the other side of the Jordan, and imediately, all stone throwers will cease trying to kill jews, peace and quite, give jordan free gas for a year, and watch the palestinian economy grow leaps and bounds, I personally belive they concentrate on hating jews to to point they could never make a decent civilized society.

  15. Jim Draper says:

    Demascus will be totally destroyed, not even the sheep will enter through the city.

  16. Yechiel Baum says:

    hOW GULABE THE aMERICANS ARE OR JUST PLAIN STUPID. THEY GOT MORE terrorists from Israel and then start their charade again until they have them all out and what does USA and Israel gain in return? More enemies to fight. EVEN THE STUPID BRITS know their game and do not bother since they just want oil at a price and with conscious.

  17. Pam Dixon says:

    Boy, he sure has no right to talk about anyone else's cover-ups. ie…Benghazi, Fast and Furious, bail-outs etc…

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