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The alleged Douma Chemical Weapons incident never happened 


Chemical Weapons

The official narrative was fabricated.

Residents, medical personnel and Russian technical experts were unanimous in their judgment. 

No attack occurred, no one ill or hospitalized from toxic CW exposure, no one dead, no one harmed in any way. 

US, UK, French April 14 terror-bombing of Syrian sites was based on a Big Lie.

The OPCW’s fact-finding mission delayed its arrival in Douma for 11 days, falsely saying it was too unsafe to come sooner.

The town was liberated, the OPCW team guaranteed security by Russian forces. It was safe for fact-finding mission members to come 11 days ago.

Why the unacceptable delay? The OPCW is notoriously pro-Western, its actions likely directed by Washington and/or Britain.

It rubber-stamped the official falsified narrative on the alleged April 2017 Khan Sheikhoun CW incident – without visiting the town, relying on so-called evidence from anti-Syrian elements, notably al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets.

No CW incident occurred. No site evidence suggested one. Khan Sheikhoun and Douma were replicas of each other – Syria and Russia falsely blamed for nonexistent CW incidents.

On Saturday, the OPCW fact-finding mission arrived in Douma. The organization issued a press release, saying:

Its mission members “visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma.”

Samples collected will be sent to the organization’s Rikswijk, Netherlands lab for analysis.

Based on the results, along with “other information and materials collected by the team,” it’ll prepare its “report for submission to the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for their consideration,” the press release added.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the OPCW’s delay in visiting Douma for 11 days after receiving a formal request from Damascus to inspect the alleged site in question was “unacceptable (since) not only the Syrian side but the Russian military guaranteed security” for the team.

Visiting one site, avoiding nearby others, taking few samples instead of many, as well as interviewing what appears to be pre-selected residents raises “serious concerns,” Zakharova stressed, adding:

The OPCW team “demonstate(d) (an) unwillingness to shed light on yet another staged provocation with the use of chemicals, which served as a reason for the missile strike.”

Washington and supportive Western media falsely accused Syria and Russia of preventing the mission from entering Douma sooner.

Here’s what’s at stake. If OPCW analysis confirms a CW incident, it’ll claim what didn’t happen. 

If its report finds no evidence of CWs used, Washington, its rogue allies, and Western media will accuse Russia and Syria of tampering with the site.

Either way, the official falsified narrative won’t change, Syria declared guilty by accusation, further US-led terror bombing likely coming – notably because most missiles targeting Syrian military sites were destroyed in flight.

Since taking office, Trump escalated US naked aggression in Syria instead of responsibly stepping back from the brink.

Endless war continues in Syria and other US war theaters. Washington’s rage for dominance rules out any prospect for world peace and stability.

Questioning the Douma Hoax

Before the television and digital age, Winston Churchill explained “(a) lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

The bigger the lie, the more accurate his observation – especially with 24-hour cable TV and modern technology, instantly communicating globally, repeating the official narrative endlessly, drowning out alternative views.

Robert Fisk and other journalists visiting Douma found no evidence of a chemical weapons attack.

Reporter Pearson Sharp interviewed Douma residents. They denied an attack occurred.

“When I asked (doctors at the town’s hospital) what they thought the chemical attack was, they told me – all of them told me – that it was staged by the ‘rebels’ (sic) who were occupying the town at the time,” Sharp explained, adding:

“They said it was a fabrication and a hoax, and when I asked them why, they told me it was because the rebels were desperate, and they needed a ploy to get the Syrian army off their backs so they could escape.”

GOP Rep. Thomas Massie questioned the official narrative, tweeting:

“In briefing to Congress, DNI, SecDef, and SecState provided zero real evidence. Referenced info circulating online.” 

“Which means either they chose not to provide proof to Congress or they don’t have conclusive proof that Assad carried out gas attack. Either way, not good.”

Days earlier, Massie said “I haven’t read France’s or Britain’s ‘Constitution,’ but I’ve read ours, and nowhere in it is presidential authority to strike Syria” – or any other country preemptively for any reason – especially based on a Big Lie.

Last week Massie tweeted: “It doesn’t make sense that Assad would use gas, immediately after @realDonaldTrump announced we would pull troops out of Syria.  Assad knows a gas attack would provoke US military involvement against his government,” adding:

“(W)e should not get involved in Syria, and we should get out of Syria.”

GOP Rep. Justin Amash and Republican Senator Rand Paul also opposed US, UK, French aggression on Syrian sites.

Ahead of the overnight Friday aggression, war secretary Mattis said he saw no evidence of a Douma CW incident – yet went along with attacking the country anyway.

Hours before it began, he said the Pentagon was still “assessing the intelligence” on the alleged incident.

He lied claiming Trump could attack Syria (and presumably any other country) without congressional or any other authorization.

Washington is currently waging war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria, along with special forces deployed in scores more countries, menacing CIA operatives virtually everywhere, many masquerading as diplomats.

Permanent war is official US policy, nations not yet attacked on America’s target list.

A Final Comment

Russian personnel in Douma found toxins used by Jaish al-Islam terrorists to produce CWs.

According to Russia’s radiological, chemical and biological defense corps specialist Alexander Rodionov, “(d)uring the examination of the (terrorists’) chemical laboratory, a lot of hexamin was discovered, which is yet more proof that militants had been producing chemical weapons.”

About the author: Stephen J. Lendman

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

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