Speech: Our action will degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons use

Thank you Mr President.

Mr President, these are uncertain times and today we deal with exceptional circumstance. Acting with our American and French allies in the early hours of this morning, the United Kingdom conducted coordinated, targeted and precise strikes to degrade Assad’s chemical weapons capability and deter their future use.

The British Royal Air Force launched Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility some 15 miles west of Homs where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapons in breach of Syria’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Full assessment has not yet been completed but we believe the strikes to be successful.

Furthermore, none of the British, US or French aircraft or missiles involved in this operation were successfully engaged by Syrian air defences and there is also no indication that Russian air defence systems were employed.

Our action was a limited, targeted and effective strike. There were clear boundaries that expressly sought to avoid escalation and we did everything possible, including rigorous planning, before any action was undertaken to ensure that we mitigated and minimised the impact on civilians. Together our action will significantly degrade the Syrian regime’s ability to research, develop and deploy chemical weapons and deter their future use.

The UK Prime Minister has said we are clear about who is responsible for the atrocity of the use of chemical weapons. A significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian regime is responsible for the attack we saw last Saturday. Some of the evidence that leads us to this conclusion is as follows:

There are open source accounts alleging that a barrel bomb was used to deliver the chemicals;

Multiple open source reports claim a regime helicopter was observed above the city of Douma on the evening of 7th April. The opposition does not operate helicopters nor does it use barrel bombs;

And reliable intelligence indicates that Syrian military officials coordinated what appears to be the use of chlorine in Douma on 7th April. Mr President, no other group could have carried out this attack. Indeed Da’esh, for example, does not even have a presence in Douma.

The Syrian regime has been killing its own people for seven years. Its use of chemical weapons, which has exacerbated the human suffering, is a serious crime of international concern as a breach of the customary international law prohibition on the use of chemical weapons and this amounts to a war crime and a crime against humanity. Any state is permitted under international law, on an exceptional basis, to take measures in order to alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering. The legal basis for the use of force for the United Kingdom is humanitarian intervention which requires three conditions to be met.

Number one, that there is convincing evidence, generally accepted by the international community as a whole, of extreme humanitarian distress on a large scale requiring immediate and urgent relief. I think the debates in this Council and the briefings we have had from OCHA and others have proved that.

Secondly, it must be objectively clear that there is no practicable alternative to the use of force if lives are to be saved. I think the vetoes have shown us that.

And thirdly, the proposed use of force must be necessary and proportionate to the aim of relief of humanitarian suffering. It must be strictly limited in time and in scope to this aim. And I think we have heard both in my intervention in Ambassador Haley’s how that has also been met.

The history of the Syrian conflict is a litany of threats to peace and violations of international law. The Security Council has met 113 times since the Syrian war started. It was therefore not for want of international diplomatic effort that we find ourselves in this position today.

After pattern of chemical weapons use since the outbreak of the conflict, Assad defied the international community in 2013 by launching a sarin gas attack on Eastern Ghouta which left more than 800 people dead. Despite the adoption of Resolution 2118, despite four years of patient engagement, Syria continues to use chemical weapons against its people and has failed to answer a long list of serious questions. The only conclusion we can reach is that Syria had not declared or destroyed all of its chemical weapons despite its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

This is not assertion on our part but a matter of record and I draw the Russian Ambassador’s attention to his points about Barazan and Jimrya. The OPCW still has unanswered questions and discrepancies. He knows this. We all know this. The Council was briefed by the OPCW Director General.

Resolution 2118 decides in the event of non-compliance to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the Charter. Yet on 28th February last year when the UK, together with France, proposed a Resolution taking measures under Chapter 7, short of the use of force, Russia vetoed. The very least this Council should have been able to do Mr President, was to follow up on the findings of the JIM report by extending its mandate. Yet four times Russia has vetoed different proposals from different Council Members to do just that.

The Syrian regime and it supporters are responsible for the gravest violations of international humanitarian law in modern history. They have used indiscriminate weapons, notably barrel bombs and cluster munitions, against civilians and they have deliberately targeted medical facilities and schools as well as humanitarian personnel and civilian objects. They have used sieges and starvation as methods of warfare accompanied by attacks on opposition-held civilian areas.

The regime has persistently obstructed humanitarian aid and medical evacuations. Tens of thousands of people have been illegally detained, tortured and executed by the regime. This is one of the most serious challenges to the international non-proliferation regime we have ever faced. A State party has violated the Chemical Weapons Convention. It has defied the Security Council and it has broken international law.

Repeated attempts over several years to hold them to account have been met with Russian obstruction and resistance. We have repeatedly, in this Council, attempted to overcome this obstruction without success. Mr President, we are faced with the litany of violations, no sense of guilt, no sense of regret, no sense of responsibility, a shameful record, wrapped in a mix of denial, deceit and disinformation.

Mr President, I would invite those like the Russian Ambassador who speak about the Charter to consider the following: It is hard to believe that it is in line with the principles and purposes of the Charter to use or condone the use of chemical weapons and in the United Kingdom’s view, it cannot be illegal to use force to prevent the killing of such numbers of innocent people. I will take no lessons, Mr. President, in international law from Russia.

Despite all this Mr. President we would like to look forward. The United Kingdom, together with France and the US, will continue to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian crisis. My French colleague will say more about our work in a few moments. We believe it must comprise four elements.

One, Syria’s chemical weapons program must be ended and the chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed once and for all.

Two, there must be an immediate cessation of hostilities and compliance with all Security Council Resolutions and these include those which mandate humanitarian access.

Three, the regime must return to the Geneva talks and agree to engage on the substantial agenda put forward by the UN Special Envoy Stefan de Mistura,

Four, finally, there must be accountability for the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes in Syria.

Mr. President, the Secretary-General rightly highlighted the political process. We propose that as the Security Council will all be together next weekend in the retreat with the Secretary-General, very kindly hosted by Sweden, that we should use that opportunity to reflect on next steps and the way back to the political process.

And with our allies, we stand ready to work with all members on the Security Council towards this end.

Thank you.

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184461

*Russian Troll*
Go on then.
I'll bite as nobody else is.

There's been no actual evidence that there was even an attack on Douma on 07/04/18.
Assad took Douma on 02/04/18 so why would anyone CW and cross the line-in-the-sand after already coming out on top and in the words of the US 'winning this war'?
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The Latest: Russia says rebels are leaving Syria's Douma 02/04/18
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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government forces overseeing the evacuation of Army of Islam fighters and their families in buses, from the besieged town of Douma, just east of Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 2, 2018. The most powerful Syrian rebel faction on the fringes of Damascus began abandoning its stronghold in the once rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday, opening the way for government forces to secure full control of the area, after seven years of revolt. (SANA via AP) (Associated Press)

Nothing has/had been independently verified by any recognised body and the OPCW were supposed to have started their inspection the same day that US/UK/frogs bombed the place.
Mattis said they had concrete int according to our resident JITG troll... On pushing for links to verify the claims nothing was provided just ridicule,deflection and distraction.

Mattis said he found out or confirmed it was CW yesterday. Definitely chlorine, possibly something else.

The USMC 4 Star said they’d not seen the movement of any (alleged) CW capability from the three sites.

Obviously as mentioned many times, the OPCW FFM will only do ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ if anything was used.

Russia vetoed four times the ‘who’ as it kept finding Assad guilty. Anybody can guess the ‘why’.

They’ve already said they don’t accept the JIM results, funnily enough. Much like they ‘manoeuvre’ on OPCW findings on Salisbury despite Russians being in OPCW.

Must admit, watching the tv when it said Trump was going to make a statement made me wonder.

This latest assault on a sovereign country may now be over but as soon as something similar happens again in the next couple of weeks/months there will be a full-on campaign starting.
the seeds have been sewn in the publics' mind and the majority will accept what they're being sold.
Just like on here.
Syria latest: US 'locked and loaded' if chemical weapons used again – as it happened
Evidence of a guilty party? Who need's evidence?
Not anymore.....We have babies and children being killed in droves.
The game has moved on and the worlds' pops don't require proof anymore just the regurgitation of the same news reports over and over again till they gain a spurious credibility.

Let's take a little look at the int supplied proving that Syria/Ru used CW here... Just as they'd taken the place 5 days earlier and it all makes zero sense......just like the last time assad used CW on the eve of peace talks in '17.

For starters we have the standard, western-funded White helmets as the source of the int... that should be enough to flag lots of flags but it seem's the media aren't that fussed on doing their jobs or any investigative journalism either- but then we have the photographic/video evidence:

Besides the photos of the dead bodies, Douma “media activists” also released videos showing two compressed gas cylinders, which had allegedly been used by “the Assad regime” to conduct the chemical attack on Douma.
These videos raise some questions.

Lets look at the compressed gas cylinder #1 (revealed on April 8)

This was the first video showing the alleged compressed gas cylinder used in the attack. It appeared on April 8, a day after the first reports about the attack (April 7).

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This cylinder was allegedly dropped from some helicopter of the Syrian Arab Air Force, made a hole in the roof and appeared in some apartment inside the building.

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The question is why is the cylinder is undamaged after falling from hundreds of metres above and piling through the roof? Another issue is that it looks like the cylinder was able to made a hole in the roof but failed to damageor collapse the bed.

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By the way this cylinder is closed

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Another video from the same location:

Lets look at the compressed gas cylinder #2 (revealed on April 10):

This compressed gas cylinder was allegedly filmed on April 9 a roof of the building hit by the attack. However, the video was released by the White Helments on April 10, a day after Russian service members visited the parts of Douma where the alleged chemical attack took place. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, no traces of the chemical attack were found.

Let’s say this is an accident.

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[B]The White Helmets[/B]‏Verified account @[B]SyriaCivilDef[/B]






Important: video from 9 April, 7:02pm showing presence of chemical gas canister in Douma. Same location as video of casualties. Also same location that Russia visited reporting ‘no sign of chemical weapons’.


No doubts, the criticism faced by the western-backed jihadis after the first video was used to improve the second one. This time the cylinder appears to be a bit damaged.

So, the questions:

Why the cylinder#1 is undamaged if it has been dropped by a helicopter? Why is the cylinder#1 is closed?
Why the bed under the cylinder#1 is undamaged?
Why did the second video showing the cylinder#2 [which is damaged and even a bit burned] appear only on April 10, a day after the visit of the Russians to the area?


A person skeptical of “Assad chemical attack” reports by the White Helmets may say that the cylinder#1 videos were staged to confirm that the attack had been conducted by the Syrian Air Force. However, too many mistakes (like a lack of damage) were made. So, the organisation had to make another “proper” video with the cylinder#2 to confirm its claims.

There Are Some 'Problems' With Gas Cylinders Videos Used By White Helmets As Evidence Of Douma Attack

But it's blatantly clear UK/US/frogs are more than happy to go to war based on duff-int and as soon as the western-backed jihadis decide that they've been CW'd again, based on no evidence, this whole situation will spiral out of complete control.

Site Not Available
US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses poison gas again, says Donald Trump

Anyone taking bets on how long it will be before a western-backed and funded anti-Assad jihadi unit reports that it's been gassed again and this whole situation goes fully ballistic?

Man, they should really make MOD_RSS read only, shouldn't they?

Edit for links.
 
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Go on then.
I'll bite as nobody else is.

There's been no actual evidence that there was even an attack on Douma on 07/04/18.
Assad took Douma on 02/04/18 so why would anyone CW and cross the line-in-the-sand after already coming out on top and in the words of the US 'winning this war'?
Israel sees Assad winning Syria war, urges more U.S. involvement
Top U.S. general: Fair to say Assad "won" Syrian civil war
After 7 years of war, Assad has won in Syria. What’s next for Washington?


The Latest: Russia says rebels are leaving Syria's Douma 02/04/18
View attachment 330955
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government forces overseeing the evacuation of Army of Islam fighters and their families in buses, from the besieged town of Douma, just east of Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 2, 2018. The most powerful Syrian rebel faction on the fringes of Damascus began abandoning its stronghold in the once rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday, opening the way for government forces to secure full control of the area, after seven years of revolt. (SANA via AP) (Associated Press)

Nothing has/had been independently verified by any recognised body and the OPCW were supposed to have started their inspection the same day that US/UK/frogs bombed the place.
Mattis said they had concrete int according to our resident JITG troll... On pushing for links to verify the claims nothing was provided just ridicule,deflection and distraction.



This latest assault on a sovereign country may now be over but as soon as something similar happens again in the next couple of weeks/months there will be a full-on campaign starting.
the seeds have been sewn in the publics' mind and the majority will accept what they're being sold.
Just like on here.
Syria latest: US 'locked and loaded' if chemical weapons used again – as it happened
Evidence of a guilty party? Who need's evidence?
Not anymore.....We have babies and children being killed in droves.
The game has moved on and the worlds' pops don't require proof anymore just the regurgitation of the same news reports over and over again till they gain a spurious credibility.

Let's take a little look at the int supplied proving that Syria/Ru used CW here... Just as they'd taken the place 5 days earlier and it all makes zero sense......just like the last time assad used CW on the eve of peace talks in '17.

For starters we have the standard, western-funded White helmets as the source of the int... that should be enough to flag lots of flags but it seem's the media aren't that fussed on doing their jobs or any investigative journalism either- but then we have the photographic/video evidence:

Besides the photos of the dead bodies, Douma “media activists” also released videos showing two compressed gas cylinders, which had allegedly been used by “the Assad regime” to conduct the chemical attack on Douma.
These videos raise some questions.

Lets look at the compressed gas cylinder #1 (revealed on April 8)

This was the first video showing the alleged compressed gas cylinder used in the attack. It appeared on April 8, a day after the first reports about the attack (April 7).

View attachment 330950
This cylinder was allegedly dropped from some helicopter of the Syrian Arab Air Force, made a hole in the roof and appeared in some apartment inside the building.

Screenshot_1-17-1024x576.jpg


The question is why is the cylinder is undamaged after falling from hundreds of metres above and piling through the roof? Another issue is that it looks like the cylinder was able to made a hole in the roof but failed to damageor collapse the bed.

View attachment 330951
By the way this cylinder is closed

Screenshot_2-2-1024x576-1.jpg


Another video from the same location:

Lets look at the compressed gas cylinder #2 (revealed on April 10):

This compressed gas cylinder was allegedly filmed on April 9 a roof of the building hit by the attack. However, the video was released by the White Helments on April 10, a day after Russian service members visited the parts of Douma where the alleged chemical attack took place. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, no traces of the chemical attack were found.

Let’s say this is an accident.

View attachment 330952
[B]The White Helmets[/B]‏Verified account @[B]SyriaCivilDef[/B]






Important: video from 9 April, 7:02pm showing presence of chemical gas canister in Douma. Same location as video of casualties. Also same location that Russia visited reporting ‘no sign of chemical weapons’.


No doubts, the criticism faced by the western-backed jihadis after the first video was used to improve the second one. This time the cylinder appears to be a bit damaged.

So, the questions:

Why the cylinder#1 is undamaged if it has been dropped by a helicopter? Why is the cylinder#1 is closed?
Why the bed under the cylinder#1 is undamaged?
Why did the second video showing the cylinder#2 [which is damaged and even a bit burned] appear only on April 10, a day after the visit of the Russians to the area?


A person skeptical of “Assad chemical attack” reports by the White Helmets may say that the cylinder#1 videos were staged to confirm that the attack had been conducted by the Syrian Air Force. However, too many mistakes (like a lack of damage) were made. So, the organisation had to make another “proper” video with the cylinder#2 to confirm its claims.

There Are Some 'Problems' With Gas Cylinders Videos Used By White Helmets As Evidence Of Douma Attack

But it's blatantly clear UK/US/frogs are more than happy to go to war based on duff-int and as soon as the western-backed jihadis decide that they've been CW'd again, based on no evidence, this whole situation will spiral out of complete control.

Site Not Available
US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses poison gas again, says Donald Trump

Anyone taking bets on how long it will be before a western-backed and funded anti-Assad jihadi unit reports that it's been gassed again and this whole situation goes fully ballistic?

Man, they should really make MOD_RSS read only, shouldn't they?

Edit for links.
I know you’ve never served and are a conspiraloon but the day Jim Mattis shares his information on Douma with me it’ll be rather surprising.

Talking of the OPCW FFM as you have repeatedly said, they don’t do ‘who’. That mechanism is dead. Why is that? Who killed it four times?
 

184461

*Russian Troll*
I know you’ve never served and are a conspiraloon but the day Jim Mattis shares his information on Douma with me it’ll be rather surprising.

Talking of the OPCW FFM as you have repeatedly said, they don’t do ‘who’. That mechanism is dead. Why is that? Who killed it four times?
Still waiting for your link that Mattis said anything about confirming that there had been anything in the way of proof, UI.

scalieback said:

Mattis said he found out or confirmed it was CW yesterday. Definitely chlorine, possibly something else.

The USMC 4 Star said they’d not seen the movement of any (alleged) CW capability from the three sites.

You are deflectingand distracting away from answering the question again and again.
You are a source of disinformation and I bet your handlers aren't happy with you ;)
 

offog

LE
JC said there had been a CW attack and that's good enough for me.
 
Still waiting for your link that Mattis said anything about confirming that there had been anything in the way of proof, UI.

scalieback said:

Mattis said he found out or confirmed it was CW yesterday. Definitely chlorine, possibly something else.

The USMC 4 Star said they’d not seen the movement of any (alleged) CW capability from the three sites.
You are deflectingand distracting away from answering the question again and again.
You are a source of disinformation and I bet your handlers aren't happy with you ;)
I’m distracting nothing. Your brain clearly can’t comprehend what Mattis says and what he shares.

As you’re a walting conspiraloon who’s never had a security clearance greater than serving burgers in McD’s, i’ll take your opinions with that of ‘wee Jick McPlop’.
 

184461

*Russian Troll*
I’m distracting nothing. Your brain clearly can’t comprehend what Mattis says and what he shares.

As you’re a walting conspiraloon who’s never had a security clearance greater than serving burgers in McD’s, i’ll take your opinions with that of ‘wee Jick McPlop’.

You are a deflecting, distracting, disinformation UI and I claim my fiver.
 
You are a deflecting, distracting, disinformation UI and I claim my fiver.
:) glad to be of service walting conspiraloon
 

seaweed

LE
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RIP
I hope there will be satellite before-and-after pics to see before long so we can have a good gloat. Sadly, the preliminary discussion time probably gave Assad's evil scientists time to get clear. It would have bene neat if we could have clobbered them too. But maybe they don't work at night anyway.

Sad that Dr Assad left his medical ethics behind in London.
 

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