Donald Hank
Viral report of Syrian rebels causing Sarin release ignored by Big Media
By Donald Hank
September 2, 2013

There is a now-viral report by AP reporter Dale Gavlak that the Sarin gas release in Syria, blamed by virtually all Western governments on President Assad, was the result of an accident caused by the rebel forces who intended to use the gas.

The world already knew that the Turkish government had found Sarin gas in the possession of Syrian rebels.

I had forwarded this AP report yesterday with the cautionary note that it was not completely confirmed. I had gone to Gavlak's site and found no mention of this. And although Gavlak works for AP, they had also not mentioned it.

But now, for the following three reasons, I am satisfied the report actually stems from Dale Gavlak:
    1 – The Examiner now reports the story. I have been following The Examiner for years and have yet to find a false report there. I have come to trust the site to the extent that is possible in today's world.

    2 – I have not seen the Gavlak report debunked by Snopes or Urban Legends, although I did a thorough search of these sites

    3 – The report keeps cropping up on sites of all gradations of the spectrum, from radical left (which politically would have an interest in supporting the administration's indictment of Assad), to libertarian, to rightwing sites. This is rather amazing in itself. Since the report has been going viral for at least two days, then if Dale Gavlak had known about it and had known it was false, she would have certainly spoken up by now.
So it would appear from all evidence that, although her report has not hit the Big Media yet, this credentialed reporter Dale Gavlak really did issue it.

Leftwing sites carrying the story:
    Democratic Underground

    Daily Kos
    Daily Paul

Financial site, right of center:
    Zero Hedge (generally reliable)
Christian, right of center:
    Mintpress (broke the story. Gavlak, while also working for AP, is on their staff!)
—and dozens more, some of which were unfamiliar to me. (Not surprising, then, in view of this widely disseminated story, that one poll showed only 9% of Americans supporting military intervention against Assad while another showed 11%, at least before the poll closed.)

And now, Messrs. Obama, McCain, Kerry and the rest of the officials behind the planned attack on President Bashir Assad in retaliation for supposedly releasing this gas: This now verified report showing that the rebels you support accidentally released the gas in question is about to smack you right in the face. Are you prepared to answer for this after you have attacked a sovereign head of state who is innocent of the charges?

Here is more information to help readers make up their mind about whether your country should attack the Assad government:

Assad's interview with Izvestia (excellent responses by the very intelligent Assad, who knows his history—he sounds just like the statesman the West sorely lacks; I read it in both English and Russian, both versions of which are there):

Syrian rebels ransack Christian village (Obama and McCain support these Christian killers wholeheartedly and want to spend your tax money to sponsor and protect them):

Even CBS doubts government claims:

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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.


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