Open thread - competing claims in Syria

So, this morning I was treated to the gob-smacking news that Carla del Ponte indicated that there was strong evidence of sarin gas use in Syria—by the rebels.
BEIRUT — A leading member of a United Nations investigatory commission says there are “strong concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof” that Syrian rebels have used the nerve agent sarin.

Carla del Ponte, a former prosecutor for U.N. tribunals investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, made the comment in an interview Sunday with a Swiss television channel, the BBC reported.
However, not so fast, according to a UN panel. They have yet found no proof of chemical weapons use by any party:
A United Nations panel investigating war crimes in Syria says it has found no conclusive evidence that either side in the conflict used chemical weapons, distancing itself from a member's claim citing "strong, concrete suspicions" that rebel forces had used sarin gas.

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic said Monday it wanted to clarify "that it has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict."
Which, of course, is why President Obama hasn't acceded to demands that he activate attack plans for Syria. Because, really, no one knows anything yet. But you know, bomb first and let God sort them out.

This is your (mostly) Monday open thread.


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