Vic sought the opinion of the Crosstalk listeners in relation to the following stories:
--Listeners may have seen photos of children that were allegedly slain by sarin gas in Syria. On May 27th of last year the BBC ran a photograph supposedly showing victims of violence in Syria. The problem with this is that the BBC used a file photo of a child from Iraq in 2003 among the lines of body bags that had been found south of Baghdad. The headline described this as a massacre in Syria. The photographer was astounded that the BBC would use his photo in this way without checking sources. The BBC pulled the photo but defended its use.
--Recently Secretary of State John Kerry compared Assad of Syria with Hitler, Hussein; calling him a thug and murderer.
--According to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, 1 in every 5 applicants looking for a position within the CIA had ties to Hamas, Hezbollah or Al-Qaida.
--Former Obama Syria advisor comes out against the President because of the way he is handling the Assad regime.
--Charlie Rangel describes Obama's behavior as embarrassing when it comes to his dithering on the military strike against Syria.
--Russian warships are headed for Syria with “special cargo”.
--Italian warship could evacuate troops from Lebanon.