The Citizen's Investigation into War Crimes in Libya (http://ciwclibya.org/) started its
investigation into massacres and other war crimes in Libya during the Libyan
civil war in 2011. From the summer of 2012 CIWCL has focused its efforts on
CIWCL conducts its investigations based on open-source material in an open and
transparent process, currently using a research wiki. (http://acloserlookonsyria.shoutwiki.com/)
In addition to the evolving on-line material CIWCL has published a number
reports on the massacres. These are available for download on the CIWCL site: http://ciwclibya.org/reports.html
From the massacres investigated, a constant pattern has
of an ever increasing scale are committed by Islamist revolutionaries,
videos of the victims are uploaded to social media like YouTube, along
with accusations blaming the massacres on the governments and their
claims are propagated by international human rights organizations, calling
for punitive action,
"international community", lead by the West imposes sanction,
and ultimately – war.
This pattern was first witnessed in the al-Baida massacre on February 23, 2011
that lead to UNSC resolution 1970 sanctioning Libya three days later. This
pattern was repeated in Syria in the Houla massacre in May 2012 and again in
the double massacres in Baniyas / al Baida in May 2013.
Starting in late 2012 a string of alleged chemical weapons
incidents have been reported in Syria, each one of accompanied with calls for
foreign intervention into the Syrian civil war. A large “attack” on the scale
of the alleged Ghouta attack is thus no surprise for anyone following the
developments. Throughout 2013
CIWCL has also been documenting the attempts to derail the UN investigation
into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
It has been argued, based mainly on circumstantial and anecdotal evidence, that
the Ghouta chemical weapons attack is a false flag provocation aimed at
igniting a regional war. This is the position taken by Russian President
Vladimir Putin. However, for such a claim to be substantiated it would have to
be shown to be supported by the
on-site evidence. So far, no comprehensive investigation into the events has
CIWCL is currently in the process of investigating the
Preliminary findings show that major parts of the Western
narrative have little or no supporting evidence in the open-source material.
Based on the available evidence, it is possible to hypothesize that no rocket
attack happened, rather the toxic agents were released in “confined spaces.”
It is our belief that the mystery cannot be solved by simple
technical evidence or laboratory tests of the type carried out by the UN
investigative team. Traces of sarin can be planted. Rockets can deliberately be
fired in a false flag attack. The issue needs to be approached as a murder
investigation; each death needs to be studied separately. The victims have to
be identified. The time, place and cause of death have to be established. This
work is currently on-going.
Petri Krohn will be holding a press conference in Moscow on
September 18, presenting the preliminary results of the investigation. Petri
Krohn is the co-founder of CIWIL. He has acted as the lead investigator in the
on-going investigation into the Ghouta chemical massacre.