“Trump administration says it has evidence Syrian authorities are burning bodies at Saydnaya prison near Damascus.”
What’s wrong with that headline?
Most importantly it means that if the US has satellite documentation of a crematorium to incinerate the bodies of tortured & murdered prisoners, it also has satellite documentation of Syrian & Russian bombing of civilians which it has not revealed, including of Syria’s April 4th sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun & other instances of gas attacks. Withholding such documentation, which the US has done for 6 years, contributes to the confusions & obfuscations about the US role in Syria & to the destruction of the antiwar movement which is now full monty Assadist.
Such an exposure of Assad’s criminality should mean the romance between Assadists & Trump is over. It may encourage the folly of those Assad opponents who look to a US-imposed No Fly Zone in Syria. It may lead the credulous to believe there is a difference between Obama & Trump’s Syrian policies when Trump is too busy tweeting & covering his ass to be paying attention to Syria.
In responding to the report from the US State Department, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer said the “Assad regime has sunk to a new level of depravity”. Coming from a US president who is depraved, unhinged, probably a sociopath, & notorious as a pathological liar, such indignation doesn’t carry any weight. Spare us the melodrama.
Even though we know the revelation is true, to be credible the US will have to release all its satellite documentation of its conduct in Syria along with Syrian, Russian, Iranian, ISIS, & that of all foreign operatives & paramilitary forces. We need to know about the old levels of depravity as well as the new.