The BBC seems to be reporting the missile attack on Syria last night even-handedly, though they continue to describe the conflict there as a “civil war”. Obviously, some alliance of nations doesn’t want the Syrian people to enjoy the peace that is almost within reach.
Somewhat related, reference the alleged gas attack in Douma: Robin Westenra has uploaded an interesting radio interview with a former US Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter. The track has been removed from Sound Cloud so please check it out before it vanishes from Robin’s site.
Scott Ritter seems to be a more reliable source than the ITV “reporter” who asked the OPCW panel in The Hague a few days ago:-
How threatened do you have to feel to change your story and to deny a chemical weapons attack, and a question for you ambassador, how low do you have to go to bring a little child all the way here and threaten them?
A middleweight contest between the United Kingdom regime and the Russian Federation government:-
In the Blue corner, Novichok.
In the Red corner, BZ.
The probable winner of this bout will be Novichok, on points, because the referee and judges are in fear of their lives.
I refuse to give the BBC money but caught the exchange between one of their charmless interviewers, Stephen Sackur, and Sergey Lavrov on YuoTube. This is worth watching for tips on how to be an ignorant arsehole, and how to deal with an ignorant arsehole in a dignified, sympathetic manner. The Russian Foreign Minister briefly mentioned BZ but Sackur had clearly been warned to dodge this bullet and move quickly on.
BZ is a problem the UK regime has to deal with and they have begun their disinformation campaign today. The existence of this highly likely (to have poisoned the Skripals) substance is totally ignored. Instead, they are telling the British Public, because they think people are stupid, that the Novichok was delivered in a liquid form. It did not kill the Skripal’s because it was raining that day, but the Novichok is still in Salisbury, in the double agent’s house, and in Salisbury town centre. Over the next few months, there is going to be a very costly cleanup operation at nine sites around the town. There is no danger to Salisbury residents from what is left of the very tiny amount of Novichok that failed to kill the Skripals, even though it was in a very pure form when samples were delivered to the OPCW. Hang on a minute, I thought it was raining…
Experts in nerve agents were disbelieving when they first heard the regime’s story. I imagine they will love another opportunity to debunk it and then ask, “Hey, what about BZ?”
A heavyweight contest between a Christian democracy and a fascistic alliance of evil buggers.
In the Lies corner, an Assad attack against his own people.
In the Fairy Story corner, a film by the White Helmets.
The winner is going to be the fairy story. The members of the OPCW, who are in Douma now to begin their investigation, will be unwilling to issue a true report when it could get them killed. (America’s Top Maniac, John Bolton, encouraged a previous director of the OPCW to resign by telling him, “we know where your kids are”.)
It will be regrettable if the Russian Federation assertion that the gas attack was a fabrication is not verified but the situation the world now finds itself in will not materially change. Indeed, it will probably prove to be a positive result for all who wish to speak truth to corrupt power and naked aggression. When the masks of the deranged slip, people realize, perhaps for the first time, what monsters look like. Flight isn’t an option. Fight is.
The BBC’s Phobia inducing Thought for the Day this morning was – the Russians are hacking everybody’s computers. This had a short shelf life; I haven’t heard it repeated since lunchtime. I wonder what the regime’s Propaganda Division will regale us with tomorrow. When will they tell us about Israel firing missiles into Syria?
Finally today, A Public Statement from The Vets Salisbury (not dated)
As you’ve probably heard in the public domain, Mr Skripal is one of our clients. Today, the government has revealed two guinea pigs belonging to Mr Skripal died and his cat was put down after the unfortunate nerve agent attack on Mr Skripal.
We contacted the police straightaway upon hearing the news that Mr Skripal had been admitted to hospital, and a number of times afterwards, to make them aware of Mr Skripal’s pets and their needs.
We contacted Porton Down – in case the animals may have been taken into isolation. We also offered to take care of Mr Skripal’s pets in his absence. We were never contacted by the police or Porton Down in return regarding Mr Skripal’s pets.
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.)