CNN is reporting arguments at the United Nations Security Council this week over the failed ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government, the United States and Russia. Purportedly, the leadership is blaming each other for the recent attacks on civilians and a convoy transporting humanitarian aid.
The U.S. Department of State released footage of Secretary of State John Kerry’s scathing attack against both the Russian and Syrian governments for not holding up their end of the deal.
One article by Inquisitr pointed to the skepticism of making any deal with Russia, which is shared by the Pentagon. Another article talks of the agreement to help humanitarian aid get to its destination.
In John Kerry’s argument, he specifically points out how there were up to four conflicting reports as to why the convoy was attacked or why it exploded by itself.
“Russia initially said that the strike was a necessary response to an alleged offensive by an al-Qaeda-linked terror group, Kerry said. Then Russia claimed they were bombing elsewhere, then that the aid convoy had been followed by militants with mortars, and then that the trucks caught fire.
“The trucks and the food and the medicine just spontaneously combusted. Anybody here believe that?”
Prior to this, John Kerry was clearly preparing to go after the other government leaders for not doing enough for the agreement and referred to the word play often used to make it seem as if they have the same goals, but end up doing something entirely different.
Bombing of Syrian troops no mistake, US is ISIS accomplice – Syrian FM at UN https://t.co/b1Jiwy6F58
— RT (@RT_com) September 25, 2016
Russia reportedly continued to defend themselves as did the Syrian government, with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying that people should not get emotional, likely referring to Kerry.
The Syrian government then accused the U.S. over the attack they made against at least 62 Syrian troops on Saturday, which John Kerry defended, saying that there was a difference between attacking people on the ground who are running around with guns, as opposed to a convoy of trucks that clearly say UN on them for humanitarian aid.
He also apologized and said that the attack was an accident and that the defense department had also apologized for it.
Although there is no evidence of this, there is the suggestion by Inquisitr that Assad might have sacrificed his own troops in order to force the United States to violate its own agreement. As this has been the fourth time that they’ve enabled a cessation of hostilities and the fourth time it has failed.
Russian news services are also saying the same thing about U.S. forces.
But John Kerry also thoroughly pointed out the facts, saying to the others that they are allowed their own opinions, but not their own facts; even quoting John Adams when he said, “Facts are stubborn things.”
To take the example of John Kerry’s use of the word “deflection,” the practice is common in most discussions today, usually always in politics. The accusations against the U.S. from each government have gone as far as to accuse them of supporting ISIS, due to the fact that the U.S. wants to remove Bashar al-Assad as the president of Syria.
During the United Nations Security Council meeting, John Kerry made no secret that they were pursuing political change in Syria, which the Assad regime will never agree to and so far, neither has Russia.
Kerry made more demands that all Syrian and Russian planes should be grounded due to the recent failure of the ceasefire agreement, but also admitted that it would only get worse if no one settled for an agreement and committed themselves to it.
A recent article by The New York Times says that a convoy with UN workers was finally able to make it through the area, and that their presence would make sure that they were safe per the agreement. This was not the case for the Red Crescent convoy that was attacked on Monday.
This is the first time that — if the agreement holds — they have been able to get the permits they needed to deliver aid. Prior to this, the Syrian government would not allow the convoys through during the failed ceasefire agreement with U.S. and Russia.
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