Some of you reading this may remember that Paul Stokes led nuclear weapons inspection teams in Iraq in the 90’s. With his expert knowledge of the truth behind the claims of WMD’s he spoke out in public venues against the invasion of Iraq as often as he possibly could. You might understand his skepticism at the latest claims of Assad’s culpability in using chemical weapons against his own people, not that he doesn’t believe there is a strong possibility it is so. Here is a remark from Paul:
“Here is an article by Robert Parry, where he notes the apparent absence of intelligence representatives “at the table,” and suggesting that there may be doubts within the intelligence community about Assad’s culpability regarding the chemical attack. There is a lot of guessing about who believes what, but there does seem to be a lack of evidence.
It is irresponsible to take military action in Syria without convincing evidence, especially when the Russians could easily find themselves backed into a corner. And the news this morning that Tillerson is essentially presenting Russia an ultimatum is particularly troubling.”
Paul Stokes, Director of Analysis, Iraq Action Team, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria