Your Brits can be a right cynical bunch of tossers.
Their PM has been babbling in recent days about finding fresh evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Damascus.
Yep. David Cameron told the BBC the UK would lead calls for more action on aid for refugees and push for fresh peace talks.
“Britain will be one of the leaders in bringing forward plans for a peace process for Syria. Britain will be leading the argument across the globe for continuing to respond strongly on chemical weapons.”
He added: “I absolutely believe that, having set a red line on the further big use of chemical weapons, it would be wrong if America was to step back and, having set that red line, to do nothing. I think that would send an appalling signal to President Assad and also to dictators elsewhere.”
The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied involvement with chemical weapons and said the rebels were responsible.
But Mr Cameron said evidence of the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons was “growing all the time”.
Scientists at the UK’s chemical warfare research laboratories in Porton Down had found evidence which “further shows the use of chemical weapons in that Damascus suburb”, he told Nick Robinson.
But where might they have got the chemicals to make the weapons?
Today we learn the British Government has confirmed British businesses received permission to send potentially deadly chemicals to Syria in the build-up to the country’s bloody civil war, but added there is “no evidence” they were used in “weapons programmes”.
Scientists have told The Mail on Sunday the Government’s issuing of chemical supply licences for firms delivering to Syria was “grossly irresponsible” given sodium fluoride can be used to make the nerve agent sarin.
Scientists believe sarin was used in the deadly chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.
Fair to say, a spokeswoman for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills said the licence applications were “rigorously assessed and determined to be for legitimate commercial use”.
She added: “The Government is confident that UK export controls continue to be among the most stringent in the world.”
But the Daily Mail, which broke this story, said in its report:
The Government last night admitted for the first time that the chemical was delivered to Syria – a clear breach of international protocol on the trade of dangerous substances that has been condemned as ‘grossly irresponsible’.
The sales were made at a time when President Bashar Assad was strongly suspected to be stockpiling the chemical weapons that have caused an international crisis.
The UK firms delivered sodium fluoride to a Syrian cosmetics company for what they claim were legitimate purposes. But intelligence experts believe President Assad’s regime uses such companies to divert chemicals into its weapons programme.
You could say the British didn’t actually plant the evidence against the Assad regime.
They sold it.