Comment: Who Gains?

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Who Gains?

In weighing the evidence, it may be worthwhile to ask which party in this conflict has a rational motive to use chemical weapons.

The Syrian government, though despicable, has nothing to gain and everything to lose by using chemical weapons. They have been winning the conventional war, so why would they risk giving foreign powers an excuse to intervene?

The "rebels", on the other hand, have everything to gain. The Al Qaeda foreign fighters who make up the bulk of the best trained and armed anti-Assad forces, are happy to slaughter a few Syrian kids if that will advance their jihadist goals.