I listened to some of the speech given by Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons this afternoon. but after a few minutes of the debate that followed Jeremy Corbyn’s response, I began to feel ill.
I think the main reason I find myself sympathetic to the Syrian and Russian side of the Propaganda War is that I’ve had to deal with false accusations of committing crimes and misdemeanors – and suffer subsequent smearing amounting to character assassination. I know how difficult it is to prove a negative.
There were a lot of very ugly people in the UK regime’s parliament this afternoon. I agree totally with PM May that any individual or group or state that uses chemical weapons of any kind against other human beings should be dealt with severely. Where I differ from her, most of her colleagues and members of the opposition is in their assumption that only Bashir al Assad can possibly use chemical weapons. I have no doubt that all his stocks were not destroyed in 2013, as he and Russia suggest. I’m equally certain that rebel terrorists have committed the heinous crime of using gas and nerve agents against the Syrian Army and civilians on multiple occasions.
I would say that 99% of the talking heads that the BBC invites into its studios take it for granted that Assad carried out the 2013, 2017 and 2018 chemical attacks. I have yet to hear one acknowledge that an Islamic terrorist could do such a thing.
It is just as bad in the United States. On the mainstream media, pundits don’t seem to have heard James Mattis say that the US has no compelling evidence (yet) that Assad was responsible for any of these three attacks. It takes a few minutes to find a source online that has this to say:-
However, the UN’s own extensive 2013 investigation into the first reported uses of chemical weapons in Syria support the consistently stated Russian position that the armed opposition in Syria have long possessed and have repeatedly used chemical weapons. When the UN undertook its first on the ground inquiry in Syria, it admitted in its 82-page December 2013 report (initiated after the August 2013 Ghouta attack), that it considered both sides of the war to be in possession of mass casualty producing chemical weapons. This is important, given that at the time the US position was that only the Syrian government could have possibly launched chemical attacks. According to the UN report:
The United Nations Mission remains deeply concerned that chemical weapons were used in the ongoing conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arabic Republic, which has added yet another dimension to the continued suffering of the Syrian people.
The report stated that chemical weapons were “probably used” at five sites in Syria during the conflict up to that point (2013). Most significant is that among the five sites the UN could not find a single instance where members of the armed rebels opposition were victims, but instead found that at two sites, the victims were Syrian government soldiers, and at a third, the victims were Syrian Army personnel and civilians.
Source: Zero Hedge
It is a terrible injustice that the American, UK and French regimes should attack Syria as they did on Saturday morning and threaten them with further attacks if there is another incident involving chemical weapons in the future. What would you do if you were a head-chopping, child murdering Islamic crazy? Exactly what you did in Douma on the 7th April.
If Theresa May and her cronies were really serious about ending the suffering of the Syrian people she would stop funding the terrorists and leave the Syrian Army to “mop up” and return the country to peace, reconstruction and, one hopes, healing and prosperity. From interviews he has given, Bashar al Assad will accept the judgment of his people at the ballot box. Until that day comes he will continue to fight for his country.
Much was made this afternoon about the Russians preventing the OPCW from going to the attack site in Douma, almost mocking the reason – “security issues” – as if there couldn’t possibly be any. I would be extremely disappointed if the Syrian Government and Russia are trying to hide something (like their guilt for the Douma attack) from the world. I have them marked down as more trustworthy than the British.
As for the French… I mentioned in an earlier post that Macron had said he had irrefutable proof that Assad was responsible for the chlorine gas event in Douma. Weasel words without that proof, I said. You can read the declassified French Intelligence Report here.
Russia is still guilty for Novichokking the Skripals in Salisbury as far as the UK regime is concerned. BeeZee the cat is out of the bag and running around cyberspace. I’d like to think he (or she) will become a legend – and not meet the fate of the Skripal’s moggie and guinea pigs.
There has been little interest online today in Sergey Lavrov’s revelation about BZ poison. A longer version of the Foreign Secretary’s announcement has been posted on YouTube. It raises other matters that could make the present UK regime uncomfortable – but they have been in circulation for several days. I couldn’t find any “post-Lavrov announcement” references to BZ by other Russian Federation representatives. I expect they may wait until Theresa May has spoken to Parliament tomorrow before sticking the boot in. Give her a bit more rope. Or perhaps they will keep quiet about it, having decided they quite enjoy the spectacle of clowns at the wheel of HMS Perfidious Albion. (I had somehow missed the Russian accusation that British Intelligence had been responsible for the Douma “fabrication”.)
The human casualty total of Trump’s Strike is either zero dead or four, and all the cruise missiles hit their targets or 71 were shot down by venerable Soviet Union era defense systems. POTUS seemed to be well pleased with the attack but it doesn’t seem like value for money for taxpayers of the three aggressor countries. Unless you put a high value on terrifying families in houses near the targets that were hit. One factory that used to make an antidote for snake bites was on the edge of a housing estate. It is very welcome that the strike was so feeble, intentionally it seems now, and Nikki Haley’s “locked and loaded” threat is probably idle bluster.
Today’s viewing included a short introduction to Syria’s misnamed “civil war” that taught me a lot I didn’t know – Deceit. I also happened upon a 6-year-old interview with Bashar al Assad. The rude harridans from the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4 could learn a lot about interview technique from Sophie Shevardnadze. What a thoroughly decent fellow President Assad seems to have been in 2012. He answered every question openly and some of them were quite challenging. Judge for yourself whether he could turn into an “Animal” who enjoys gassing children or may still be a decent, humble man.
It wasn’t bliss to be alive in this dawn – to hear that the United States, United Kingdom, and France had bombed Syria. But to be old is very heaven. I think I have had enough of this rotten world.
I think I was in my early teens when my father told me that he wanted me to always “be honest” and “tell the truth”. He impressed upon me that there would be occasions when liars would get the better of me. They would profit and I would be a loser. He got that right.
So, it was distressing to hear that Syria, a country that has been mortared and bombed enough already, was being illegally attacked again on the weakness of lies. The timing of the Assad government’s alleged chemical attack in Douma made no sense whatsoever. The departing Jaish al-Islam were the only ones with a motive and, with the help of the duplicitous White Helmets, a video of the “fabrication” was quickly put on social media, prompting the New Axis of Evil to act as the terrorists’ air force.
The French President told the world he had “proof” that President Assad was responsible for the Douma atrocity. Weasel words if you don’t then offer the proof. The Russians also had proof, that the terrorists did it, and made it available to the world. They also invited the OPCW to Douma to undertake its own forensic investigation of the site where the chemicals were released, to interview local people and take hair samples.
Compare this openness to the refusal of the United Kingdom to give samples of the Novichok that Russian agents are accused of delivering to the Skripals.
The OPCW has reported on their tests of the Salisbury Novichok and the British media has been full of the organization’s report confirming the findings of the UK scientists. It was a confirmation of sorts. Unfortunately for May and Johnson, the report as delivered seems to have been incomplete. The OPCW sent samples to four independent laboratories for testing and one, in Switzerland, found another chemical, as well as the Novichok. A poison called BZ that was developed by the United States in the 1950s and has never been produced in the Soviet Union or Russia.
There is little point making much of this. (You are not likely to hear about it on the BBC.) The War Criminals have already made up their minds, to prolong the misery of the Syrian people until they get what they want – “regime change”.
But what is really interesting about BZ is that it isn’t intended to kill, just to incapacitate any victim who breathes in a spray of the poison. The mystery of how the Skripals survived a military grade nerve agent is, perhaps, answered. Father and daughter had enjoyed five hours together in Salisbury and then, in the space of 75 yards, they went from walking normally through a mall to being slumped on a bench. So, who sprayed them? We have all seen the CCTV pictures of the Skripals in the Mall. If there are any images of the attacker we will probably never see them. Will we ever see the Skripals again, alive and well?
If the “story” about BZ is true, the OPCW has a lot to answer for, and perhaps its integrity for any findings it makes in Douma will be called into question. But that organization’s discomfiture will be nothing compared to that of the British Government. Even if it proves to be fake news, I think one can conclude that if you see the mouths of Trump, May, and Johnson moving on TV – they’re lying.
With all life on this planet at stake, honesty really should the best policy.
You will have noticed I have been somewhat distracted the last few days. I may get back to researching events in Filey history in a week or two. I am continuing to do the drudge work of preparing gravestone photos for uploading to FamilySearch Tree and adding information to some Filey family genealogies. I’ll continue to post a photo a day. I am so angry and ashamed of my country’s government, though – and infuriated by its propaganda arm, the BBC – that I spend most of the days now looking into their disinformation.
(Six hours after the BZ news broke on RT – where else? – the BBC is still keeping shtum. This is no surprise because it doesn’t fit the UK narrative. Lavrov’s probity is clearly on the line.)