(September 8, 2013) As With Iraq, New York Times Propagates Demonstrable Lies About Syrian WMD
A headline in the New York Times yesterday stated as fact that "With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas". The lead paragraph asserted that "Syria's top leaders amassed one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons with help from the Soviet Union and Iran, as well as Western European suppliers and even a handful of American companies, according to American diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records."
But as with its propagandistic reporting about Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the run-up to the Iraq war, the Times provided no evidence to support its claim, and an examination of publicly available documents the Times cited for this story illustrates how the newspaper is demonstrably lying.
After asserting as fact that the documents show that Syria "amassed one of the world's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons", the Times stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, "were greatly helped in their chemical weapons ambitions by a basic underlying fact: often innocuous, legally exportable materials are also the precursors to manufacturing deadly chemical weapons.