Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist
Currently the evidence that the Syrian gov used chemical weapons is inconclusive at best. (Why would Assad use chemical weapons? - The Week)
Jean-Pascal Zanders of the European Institute of Security Studies in Paris maintains that images circulated on the internet of the alleged attacks do not suggest a nerve gas like sarin. "There are no convulsions or dead bodies," he says, "only single patients being treated in crowded emergency rooms. I'd expect clusters of casualties, and deaths." Moreover, no one seems to have been exposed to nerve agents due to handling victims.
Only one in a series of four such videos "shows any real poisoning symptoms", says Richard Guthrie, an independent CW expert, formally at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Source: Threatwatch: Did Syria use chemical weapons or not? - 26 April 2013 - New Scientist