OPINION: US Was Being Set Up to Attack Syria in Chemical Weapons Crisis

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The US was being set up by unknown forces to attack Syria during last year's international crisis over the use of chemical weapons in the country, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio, told RIA Novosti.

WASHINGTON, April 9 (RIA Novosti), Petr Martynychev – The US was being set up by unknown forces to attack Syria during last year's international crisis over the use of chemical weapons in the country, Dennis John Kucinich, a former US Representative from Ohio, told RIA Novosti.

“I think once President Obama established the red line, every provocateur who wanted the US in, was given an incentive to do so. There is no question that the US was being set up and I think that President Obama finally realized that. And that's why he decided not to go forward. And where this came from we don't know yet,” the former representative and two-time presidential candidate said Wednesday.

The Syrian crisis escalated after reports emerged that the Assad regime had used sarin gas near Damascus last August. The West then openly declared the possibility of launching a military operation in Syria.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour Hersh argued in an article published last week that the August attack was actually carried out by Syrian rebels, acting at the behest of Turkey, for the purpose of providing a pretext for a US attack on Syria.

Kucinich said that Hersh's claims are worth discussing.

“Maybe Turkey was involved. I don't know that,” the politician said. “But look, how many countries began to play in Syria. And why? There is a geopolitical case here. That Russia with its base in Syria and Russia helped to bring the world away from the brink of a conflict over Syria, Russia which has a role with Iran, that Russia has somehow been made to pay the price by the neocons whose efforts to stir up a war in Syria were deflected by Russian involvement and diplomacy,” the former US Representative underlined.

Under a September deal brokered by Moscow and Washington, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons. The agreement allowed the Syrian government to stave off the threat of a US air strike.

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