I'm working on a major story concerning the claim that Bashar Assad bears responsibility for the rocket attacks in Ghouta. I'm waiting to publish what I have found because I hope to get a response from Human Rights Watch. If they can find an error in my argument, I will 'fess up to my readers. If HRW was the one who made the error...
Well. This could be major. All pundits are now citing that HRW report as proof that Assad is guilty.
In the meantime, consider this story
and this story
. The latter link goes to an article which tells the tale of a Belgian and an Italian captured by the rebels. Now freed, the Belgian says that the rebels themselves confirmed that Assad was not the one who launched the attacks.
"It wasn't the government of Bashar al-Assad that used sarin gas or any other gas in Ghouta," Piccinin told Belgian RTL radio after he was released.
"We are sure about this because we overheard a conversation between rebels. It pains me to say it because I've been a fierce supporter of the Free Syrian Army in its rightful fight for democracy since 2012," Piccinin added.
The Italian goes further:
Quirico said he listened to a Skype conversation between three individuals, whose names he could not confirm. One identified himself as a Free Syrian Army general.
The three contended that insurgents had used gas in Ghouta to trigger Western intervention.
The witness emphasized that he did not have confirmation.