“Cannot say with any certainty?”
When we know for a fact that the US power establishment is actively sowing lies about Syria in many, many ways and has an extensive history of using false flags and propaganda to manufacture consent for war? Are you fucking kidding me?
“How about the hundreds of reports of bombings and detention and torture?”
Same answer. You’re arguing that something tangible like that can be known in the chaos of a bloody war when the US power establishment is using agencies like the White Helmets to circulate disinfo from within Syria and the mass media propaganda machine to circulate disinfo from without. Utter nonsense.
“Here’s MSF reporting that one of its hospitals was hit by a bomb from a helicopter”
Hotly disputed, actually.
You. Do. Not. Know. You cannot see what is happening in the chaos of war and the fog of one of the most intense propaganda campaigns in modern history. Stop pretending that you can. You cannot.
“And the nature of a sectarian civil war guarantees that terror will be employed.”
Thoroughly, clearly and indisputably substantiate this claim, please. It’s vague to the point of worthlessness.