Map of Villages attacked on August 21
"The conspiracy theorists believe that the Rebels accidentally released some gas, but that doesn’t add up. Each of the attacks are separate and demonstrate the massive scale of attacks by Assad’s artillery and air-force; far beyond the capability of the Rebels.
Some of the “anti-imperialist” liberals claim that there is no evidence that Assad carried out the attacks—but this contradicts the dozens of videos from different cities that have emerged showing victims with symptoms that many chemical weapons and medical experts say are from chemical weapons—and it also contradicts the fact that the areas attacked are in strategic territory that is NOT in control of the regime.
I personally do not think it is wise to take an anti-war stance because there is a lack of evidence of chemical weapons or because of an unverified report tied to Baathist sympathizers claims the “Rebels did it.” —What happens when you are proven wrong? Will you support the war? It is far better to acknowledge that the evidence appears to suggest there was a massive chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime, which is under the protection of the Russians. It is better to not make up wild conspiracy theories or stories that appear to be nonsense—and to be honest with what appears to have happened.
This will mean grappling with difficult questions such as, “What is the correct position?” I don’t claim to have any easy answers on that, but whatever position we take must be in the interests of the Syrian masses.”