Talk:Alleged Chemical Attack, December 23, 2012

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An oddball source: the Philadelphia Trumpet, is worth citing here. Some details, maybe further down the references to biblical scriptures and deciding the murkiness for us. I'd recommend a grain of salt, but some sources suggest that's not sodium chloride and you should not touch it. --Caustic Logic (talk) 00:01, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

Death Toll Oddities

It's claimed about 6-7 civilian adult males from Bayada died from this event. The VDC records 7. Ostensibly, these were random victims, who happened to be in an all-adult-male place ... or obviously fighters gassed by shellings, etc. No one seemed to consider they could be gender-segregated captives. (I'm not sure in this case, would have to review the imagery). But this was a rebel-infested place with no army presence, as described by the mother of Sari Saoud who was killed by rebel snipers in Bayada about a month earlier (she was a Christian, wearing a visible crucifix at the time, FWIW). They abducted his body for propaganda purposes. Would they not abduct living bodies the same way?

Anyway, back to Dec. 23 - The day before this, rebels in Daraya had gassed SAA soldiers with what seems like chlorine, killing seven. The VDC of course doesn't record that unless... if it weren't for the visual record of victims in Homs, that could be those, laundered as rebel victims of a regime gas attack. But if another neat 7 were actually gassed by the "regime" the next day, that would be a clear sort of tit-for-tat, right down to the numerically even ratio. I'm not sure if that would be in rebels' interests, but ... it stands out. --Caustic Logic (talk) 13:21, 10 July 2016 (UTC)