First off, I saw one thread pulled for a misleading story; so if this is the case here, feel free to pull the story. I was a bit amazed to see this story just posted on the internet. And on the other hand, it may well not be misleading.
And as for those who supplied the chemicals, it may well not be the United States in this case in speaking about the “West”.
** Pope Francis Condemns West For Chemical Weapon Supply To Syria **
Pope Francis denounces the West for supplying chemical weapons in Syria that led to the deaths of thousands of people, including children, in a tragedy that took place in August 2013. The pope said Syria, or the Middle East in general, has no capacity of manufacturing chemical weapons - these must have been supplied by Syria’s very same accusers.
Pope Francis shakes hands with a journalist on the flight back from Istanbul to Rome, November 30, 2014. Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious dialogue and action against poverty to help end the conflicts there.
“Last year between September and December it was said that Syria had chemical weapons. I don’t believe that Syria was capable of making chemical weapons. So who could have sold them to them? One of those who accused them,” Pope Francis was quoted saying by Mail Online.
Pope Francis made his remark while aboard a plane from Turkey to Rome, flying with the press. He said such arms trafficking are terrible but is ongoing because it proved to be a profitable business.
So this appeared to be one of those news conferences on a plane, semi-casual perhaps.
Read more at the link.