Yet that is the decisive point. But it appears that the desired conclusion has already been reached, and the facts just don’t matter. “U.S. Talks Tough on Syria, Ramps Up Attack Planning,” by Adam Entous and Sam Dagher in the Wall Street Journal, August 25 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
On Sunday, the U.N. said its inspection team was preparing to start its fact-finding mission on Monday after Syria said it would allow U.N. personnel now in Damascus immediate access to the affected areas.
“The team must be able to conduct a full, thorough and unimpeded investigation,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday night. However, the team is only mandated to determine if chemical weapons were used, not who used them, Mr. Ban’s spokesman said.