Weapons of mass distraction

By April 17, 2018February 18th, 2021No Comments

The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the alleged chemical attack

Robert Fisk

The Independent

This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks – and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world – despite all the doubters – is perfectly genuine.

War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

As Dr Assim Rahaibani announces this extraordinary conclusion, it is worth observing that he is by his own admission not an eyewitness himself and, as he speaks good English, he refers twice to the jihadi gunmen of Jaish el-Islam [the Army of Islam] in Douma as “terrorists” – the Syrian government’s word for their enemies, and a term used by many people across Syria. Am I hearing this right? Which version of events are we to believe?

By bad luck, too, the doctors who were on duty that night on 7 April were all in Damascus giving evidence to a chemical weapons enquiry, which will be attempting to provide a definitive answer to that question in the coming weeks.

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Patria says:-

The jury is still out on the question of whether there even was a chemical weapons attack on 7 April and if so who perpetrated it. With the seven-year-long civil war in Syria drawing to an end and the Syrian government closer than ever to winning and restoring peace to their country, it seems illogical that they should choose such a moment to use gas.

If gas was used, the more likely culprit would surely be the losing side, namely the US armed jihadists. For Syrian civilians, is dying from poison gas any worse than being beheaded or thrown off the roof of a tall building?

Following the 2003 scandal of the imaginary WMD, which served the purpose of the NWO in providing a pretext for war, a degree of scepticism about the unproven claims of the warmongers Trump, May and Macron is a healthy reality check to their whipping-up of war psychosis and insidious subverting of democracy.

A lie is half-way around the world before the truth has got its boots on.