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Syria and Russia Fail Lie Detector Test

Assad insisted he has no chemical weapons. Syria now admits it does. Russia insisted it is not supplying S-300 missiles to Syria. Now it says it sent parts. And Assad will turn over all chemical weapons?
Russia has supplied Syria with an advanced 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher

Russia has supplied Syria with an advanced 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher
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President Barack Obama continued to give Syria and Russia an opportunity to lie through their teeth Tuesday night, withdrawing a vote for an attack on Assad’s forces  to give Moscow time to convince the West that Syria will surrender all chemical weapons.

Whether or not Congress would have given its approval for an attack is now a moot question. Obama might have saved face by putting off the vote, but his latest zigzag contrasts with a single-minded policy by Russia and Syria to lie their way to make sure Assad has so many missiles that he can conquer rebel forces, with or without poison gas.

The military option still is on the table, but it is further away. “We’re going to continue to work moving forward on this but keeping pronounced — and I pronounce it now — that the credible threat of our doing something about this attack is going to remain,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after President Obama met with Senate Democrats.

Vladimir Putin and Bassar al-Assad’s proven inability to tell the truth has been their best tactic to outsmart Obama, who has allowed himself to be cornered into using reason to defeat a lie.

After weeks of insisting that the Assad regime has no chemical weapons, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday that it would cease production of chemical weapons and disclose the locations of its stockpiles to the United Nations and to Russia.

That was the first admission that Assad has chemical weapons, a fact which has been obvious to France, Britain, the United States and certainly to Syrian victims of chemical war.

The moment that the United States agreed to play “gentleman” with madmen and let itself be in the position of having to provide positive proof that Assad’s forces used chemical weapons, it declared itself a loser.

Every moral person knows that Assad is lying. No one could prove it. Now Moallem admits, in effect, it was lying, but the straitjacket thinking of the American government requires it to act is if the Russian-Syrian alliance has turned over a new leaf.

Similarly, Vladimir Putin has said Russia will not supply Assad with the S-300 missile system, one of the world; most advanced anti-aircraft weapons that can shoot down a commercial airliner, and what more convenient target than one flying over Israel?

Putin now says that Russia has supplied Assad with components of the missiles but the shipments “have been suspended for now.” It may be true that the shipments have been suspended, but it may also be a lie that completed missiles have not reached Syria.

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported Tuesday that Russia has shipped S-300 systems to Syria.

Russia is invested up to its gills with weapons for Syria, a base for Moscow to challenge Washington as kingmaker in the Middle East.

Russia has sold Syria highly advanced rocket launchers, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles, especially the sophisticated P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that can cover  a large part of the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Assad can get along very nicely without chemical weapons to defeat the rebels if it has more jets to bomb civilians, as if murdering with conventional bombs is more moral than using poison gas.

With that kind of track record for duplicity, Moallem’s statements that “we intend to join the Chemical Weapons Convention” and “we intend to give up chemical weapons altogether” normally would be dismissed.

By now, Obama should understand what Israel has gone through for decades, playing by Western rules against Arab regimes that mock the West as idiots for believing a lie is the truth.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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17 Responses to “Syria and Russia Fail Lie Detector Test”

  1. . Senator Harry Reid has just compared the situation in Syria with that of the Holocaust. There is no comparison since this is a civil war and no one can definitely state which side is using chemical warfare, if not both. Syria is a quagmire. We will get into it and not have an exit strategy. If we are going to war it should be against Iran; declaring war on Syria is basically fighting Iran. I predict this war will end up like Iraq, which I was also against, with boots on the ground and many young American lives lost. I do not know President Obama personally nor have I ever met him. My position regarding his leadership abilities and policies has never changed. He does not have the ability to be a commander in chief and has lost credibility throughout the world. The TV pictures showing the massacre of women and children have not been verified as originating from one side of this civil war. The only way out of this is the position that Secretary of State made at a press conference, whether he meant it or not, that there should be an international committee to verify the source of chemical warfare. Putin immediately came up with the same suggestion and offered it to Syria. This is the way out for our president, and if it can be worked out, a way to resolve this crisis. Hillary Clinton had also suggested this solution.

    The “good guys” are the children who are being endangered and murdered by both sides. How about a kindertransport to get the children out of that war zone.RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  2. How can Assad give up it's chemical weapons if it doesn't have any?
    LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE

  3. retiredinmaerim says:

    But why should America, once again,, shoulder the financial burden of fighting someone who has done us no harm ?  Our treasury is empty.

  4. You are just another Al-Qaeda supporter! Long live Syrian Arab Army! Death to Israel, Al-Qaeda and Zionist USA!

  5. Why would Obama understand what Israel went through and is still going through, as Obama can lie with the best of them.

  6. Dan Silagi says:

    That Assad lied, and his willingness to have his chemical weapons systems dismantled (or so he now claims) is proof he lied, has been virtually overlooked by most mainstream media.

  7. evil ******* and ****** that you are….stalinist bolshivik

  8. Gil Gilman says:

    who needs a lie detector. that they lie is a given in the equation, has evil ever spoken the truth?

  9. it is impossible for the wicked to succeed in his wickedness,God will expose them in their wicked act. He will not permit the innocent to be afflicted, this man need to be disciplined immediately

  10. benakiva37 says:

    To “retiredinmaerim”: Unfortunately the “someone” has done us harm: In  October,1983  241 US Marines and Naval personnel died in an explosion in their barracks caused by a suicide attack resulting from a  truck loaded with explosives, which crashed into their barracks.The driver was a  member of a group which latter became known as Hezbollah. The Treasury is not empty;you are enjoying its benefits.

  11. benakiva37 says:

    To Hewmh: Why do you accuse Phagan of being an Al-Qaeda supporter,when he merely pointed out the inconsistency in Assad’s statements regarding Syria’s chemical weapons? You are the one who is an Al-Qaeda advocate no better than the Nazis of WW2.

  12. Anonymous says:

    All are liers, Obama, Putin, Assad, Netanyahu, etc:.

  13. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    Lies by Assad &/or Russia are totally irrelevant to Obama's problem. Even if he had congressional approval, an un-provoked military attack on Syria By the U.S. would be in violation of international laws and laws of the United States. If Assad committed a crime by gassing Syrians, there are courts established to deal with such crimes. Civilized countries use courts because some accusations are false….

  14. Ronen Volk says:

    TIMING IS OF THE ESENSE HERE, AND THEY ARE GIVING TIME TO THIS ASSAD TO ARM HIS MUSCLE TO FIGHT BACK, THIS THING IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY, AS THE ALLIES SAY. THAT IS FOR SURE.

  15. retiredinmaerim says:

    benakiva37 Maybe I am being naive but I was referring to Assad not doing the United Sates harm.  But the United States is broke and trillion of dollars in debt, that is why the NSA is going around the world looking under every rock for a dollar.  And personally., as an expat I only pay taxes and receive no direct benefit from the treasury.

  16. benakiva37 says:

    retiredinmaerim benakiva37 Our country is enormously wealthy. In much of its history the government has operated using loans ,i.e. bonds, bought by its people and others,as well as taxes to function well.But I view taxes as membership in this nation.So, maybe I am naive,having spent  my career in the private arena and government.The benefit you receive from Uncle Sam is its assistance from our embassy for whatever purpose you may request.

  17. benakiva37 says:

    The fact that such a nation as Syria has killed about 100,000 of its own citizens through conventional means and gasings should be a shock to the nations of this world. But the UN is useless,NATO has turned its back, and nobody gives a damn. And it has been only 68 years since the US and its allies were united to defeat the  most brutal dictatorships in world history.(Setting aside the millions killed by the Soviets in the 1920s and 1930s).Our treasury is not empty;we may be operating on loans,i.e.,bonds,but for  most of our history that has been the method of financing the federal government.

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