War Reporter Robert Fisk Reports From Syrian ‘Chemical Attack’ Site, Concludes “They Were Not Gassed”

The first report of the famous and respected foreign affairs journalist Robert Fisk has given us a bombshell first-hand account in The Independent which runs contrary to almost every claim made by US, UK and NATO propaganda machines concerning the alleged chemical weapons attack on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he’s encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.

Fisk is the first Western journalist allowed to enter and report from the site of the alleged chemical weapons incident which has been widely blamed on Assad’s troops. Reporting from Douma in eastern Ghouta, Fisk interviewed a Syrian doctor who works at the hospital shown in one of the well promoted videos released by a major news network which purports to depict victims of a chemical attack.

The report, published late in the day Monday, has mainstream media in uproarwith their video, released minutes after the Saudi-sponsored jihadist group Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) accused the Syrian Army of gassing civilians showing rescue workers (with not a haz – mat suit in sight,) treating those injured by the ‘neve agent’ by splashing water in their eyes. As politicians, in britain especially, uncritically promoting the “Assad gassed his own people” narrative as an already cemented and “proven” fact based on the word of a notoriously brutal armed group of rapists, murderers and head amputators who itself has admitted to using chemical weapons on the Syrian battlefield in prior years. Also notable is that no journalist or international observer was anywhere near Douma when the purported chemical attack took place, the rebel held areas of Syria having become unsafe for any westerner in 2016. There’s not much point being on the spot to report your own murder.

Controversy erupted immediately after Fisk’s report, especially as he is among the most recognizable names in the past four decades of Middle East war reporting, having twice won the British Press Awards’ Journalist of the Year prize and as seven time winner of the British Press Awards’ Foreign Correspondent of the Year (the NY Times has referred to him as “probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain” while The Guardian has called him “one of the most famous journalists in the world”). An Arabic speaker, Fisk became famous for being among the few reporters in history to conduct face-to-face interviews with Osama bin Laden, which he did on three occasions between 1993 and 1997.

Fisk says he was able to walk around and investigate newly liberated Douma without Syrian government or Russian minders (in part this is likely because he has reported from inside Syria going back decades, in war-torn 1982 Hama, for example), and he begins his account as follows:

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.

Fisk goes on to identify the doctor by name – Dr. Assim Rahaibani – which is notable given the fact that all early reporting from Douma typically relied on “unnamed doctors” and anonymous opposition sources for early claims of a chlorine gas attack (lately morphed into an unverified “mixed” chlorine-and-sarin attack).

The doctor’s testimony is consistent with that of the well-known Syrian opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which initially reported based on its own pro-rebel sourcing that heavy government bombardment of Douma city resulted in the collapse of homes and underground shelters, causing civilians in hiding to suffocate.

According to SOHR, which has long been a key go-to source for mainstream media over the course of the war, “70 of them [women and children] have suffered suffocation as a result of the demolition of home basements over them due to the heavy and intense shelling.”

Though outlets from The Guardian to The Washington Post to The New York Times have quoted SOHR on a near daily basis throughout the past six years of war, the anti-Assad opposition outlet’s reporting of mass asphyxiation due to collapse of shelters has been notably absent from the same publications.

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Syria airstrike: Russia warns US, allies of ‘consequences’.

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(RAF jet takes of on raid over Syria (picture BBC)

Russia’s Ambassador in Washington DC warned the USA and its allies there will be “consequences” in the wake of the US, UK and French (FUKUS axis)  coordinated air strikes on Syria.

Russia feels threatened by the US decision to strike Syrian targets in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack in Douma on April 7, which Moscow believes was staged by western agents as justification for entry into Syria’s civil war just as the Assad regime’s forces, supported by troops from Iran were mopping up the last pockets of resistance from ISIS and Al Nusra front rebels.

“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences,” Anatoly Antonov said in a statement on Friday night. “All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.”

Despite that and previous unequivocal warnings, US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Teresa May and France’s President Macron ordered their nations’ forces to strike military targets in Syria on Friday night. The Russian military operating in Syria was not notified in advance about the American targets, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after the attacks.

The US “specifically identified” targets to “mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved,” Dunford said. “We used the normal deconfliction channel to deconflict airspace. We did not coordinate targets.”

While Trump said that the purpose of the US actions is to “establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons,” Antonov reminded that “the US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.”‘

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Germany, Italy Refuse To Join Deep State’s Syria Regime Change Coalition

U.S.  destroyer USS Donald Cook heads towards Syria on Monday (10 April). (Image credit:Reuters)

As madness grips most members of NATO, with our own British Prime Minister Theresa May trying to out – Trump Trump in her displays of gung ho egomania, two nations at least are taking a more rational view. Italy and Germany have said they will not be involved in, or even support airstrikes on Syria.
Understandable, especially in the case of Germany which is right in the firing line if Putin decides to take out a few East Coast townships, and also relies on Russia for 40% of its energy needs, enough to bring the country to a standstill if the supply is suddenly switched off.

Italy is less dependent on Russian oil and gas, but does export quite a lot of agricultural produce to Russia.

Germany, understanding that involvement in any strike on Syria would further jeopardize its relationship with the Kremlin, stated unequivocally that it will not join any military strikes against Syria in response to the alleged chemical gas attack on an opposition enclave which Russia claims was a “white helmet” false flag, but takes a more diplomatic line by expressing support for Western efforts to show the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Angela Merkel said after meeting Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin. “We support everything that is being done to show that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable.”

Which is a less direct way of saying “we are happy to do anything except whatever puts us on Putin’s black list.”

Meanwhile in Dublin, Germany’s new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany expects to be consulted before any Western allies conduct an attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces as the allies must be united on the matter.

Earlier, Merkel spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron about the suspected gas attack and expressed her concern that the international community’s ability to ban chemical weapons was eroding.” Perhaps this is because of the NATO and the EU’s increasing belligerence in international affairs. For example, the gramdmotherfucker Macron, in an outburst reminiscent of America’s cocksucker president Barack Obama’s reaction to previous reports of gas attacks yesterday claimed he had irrefutable proof that the Assad regime and Russia were responsible for this latest chemical attack, but offered no evidence to back up his claim.

Amusingly, instead of focusing on the nature of the schism between Germany and its allies, Europe’s most powerful nation chose to deflect attention to the lack of a coherent European policy on the matter: an easy excuse in a continent in which there is virtually no cohesion on any matter:

Roettgen urged the European Union to develop a policy for the Middle East as a whole,

Moments after Germany said would not participate any Syrian strikes, Italy too said it took would refuse to participate in any military action against Russia or Assad.

However, just like Germany the Italians announced they would supply logistical support to any military operation against the Assad regime. Which means that the two nations that will lead the attack on Syria when it inevitable comes, whether with or without the US, will be the UK, whose subs are already on location off the coast of Syria, and France, whose slimeball president is just itching to suck up to the Americans.

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Have They Learned Nothing From Iraq?

A U S outpost, near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4. (image source: NYT)

 

After the debacles of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, not to mention the unfinished business in Yemen, one might hope the political establishments and the mainstream media might have learned something about military interventions to effect regime change in third world nations which are culturally millions of light years away from the liberal democracies.

No such luck of course, as Trump tweets idiotic threats that will achieve nothing other than hardening the resolve of Assad’s allies to continue supporting the Syrian president and his regime, America’s major corporate cable news outlets, and the left leaning press, particularly so-called liberal networks like MSNBC or papers like The Washington Post, and national newspapers and broadcasters in the UK and Europe continue to uncritically provide political and military leaders with a massive platform to agitate for the escalation of what was always a US proxy war with Russia in Syria to a direct military confrontation, as President Donald Trump, having only days ago pledged to remove US troops from Syria, is now adopting a gung – ho attitude as he talks of launching a military attack on Syria.

Rational people  can only conclude  that establishment politcs and mainstream media has clearly learned nothing from the crucial role it played in cheerleading for the Bush / Blair led catastrophic invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“The push for escalation on TV is overwhelming,” Cenk Uyger, host of The Young Turks, observed in a tweet on Wednesday, reacting to the numerous instances this week of television hosts getting increasingly excited as they babbled of “Trump’s military options” with old lags like Iraq War supporter, retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey demanding the bombing of Damascus while refusing to question the underlying rationale for or legality of unilateral military action.Remember, while the presence of Russian or Iranian military personnel in Syria at the request of that country’s legitimate (yes legitimate, no matter how much some people dislike that fact,) government is legal, any NATO troops (even if they are really only advisers) on the ground represent an invading force.

“It’s incredible how readily the cable news channels have politicians on pushing for war in Syria with almost no questions asked about how disastrous it might be or the so-called evidence,” Uyger said. “They pretended to learn lessons from Iraq but have actually learned nothing.”

Mainstream media’s enthusiasm for another war, after the disaters of Iraq and Afghanistan indicates how alarmingly comfortable much of the mainstream press is with the idea that the president can just up and decide to initiate military hostilities whenever, wherever, and for whatever reason—even when there is no actual reason at all. It is also bizarre that the media, most of which presents itself as left leaning (cultural Marxist) on domestic issues has become so jingoistic since the advent of the Obama era when the president whose advance billing promised he would be the peacemaker and joybringer turned into the warmonger in chief almost as soon as he entered The White House.

What has been very noticeably missing from the discussion of Syria and the latest alleged chemical weapon incident on America’s TV networks in recent days, which one journalist described as “a parade of one war hawk after another,” has been any talk of alternatives to military action, let alone discussion about the implications of the only evidence the attack ever occurred coming from sources linked to ISIS / Al Nusra groups. Since the US, Britain and France (the FUKUS axis) have shown indecent haste in accusing Assad and Putin in all the previous alleged gas attacks, only to be told by independent inspectors there is no evidence of either being involved, with such evidence as does exist pointing to the attacks being the work of anti – Assad rebels, again we see an unwillingness to learn from experience.

What was it Albert Einstein said about the definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results. QED I’d say.

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Fear of Energy: Polish Prime Minister Calls Nord Stream 2 ‘Highly Dangerous’

Poland, one of the countries opposed to the creation of the international project known as Nord Stream 2 pipeline, to deliver gas and oil from Russia’s energy fields to Europe has proposed an alternative project which would create its own pipeline, dubbed Baltic Pipe. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has criticized the Nord Stream 2 project, Polish Radio reported on Friday (9 March).

“Poland achieved independence from Russia’s Gazprom long ago; we’ve created a terminal in the city of Swinoujscie and are now planning to increase its processing capabilities, Moreover, we are now in talks with Denmark and Norway,” Morawiecki said during a press conference after talks with his Lithuanian opposite number.

The official noted that Poland and other Baltic states considers Nord Stream 2 “highly dangerous for this part of Europe.” This is understandable as in the past Russia has tended to treat Poland as a semi – autonomour province. The Poles also have little reason to trust their southern neighbour Germany, which also has a track record for using Poland as a training ground for its combat troops.

The head of the German energy company Uniper took a different line, saying that the completion of Nord Stream 2 was necessary to provide security for gas deliveries to Europe.

Last month it was reported that Poland intended to launch its own gas pipeline project, Baltic Pipe, which, in contrast to Nord Stream 2, would lead from Denmark instead of Russia. It is hard to see any logic in this as North Sea gas fields are becoming depleted and rumours of massive, unexplored oil and gas fields off The Shetland Islands are unconfirmed as yet. Poland has already tried to block the construction of Nord Stream 2, with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki asking US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to make sure that US sanctions cover Nord Stream 2 and those European companies that involved in the project be fined.

A press release by Nord Stream 2 suggests the first pipes for the Nord Stream 2 project are being fabricated at a plant of OMK, which is one of the three pipe suppliers selected by Nord Stream 2 AG, in Vyksa, Russia, in this undated photo provided to Reuters on March 23, 2017. Poland claimed that Nord Stream 2 would increase Europe’s dependence on imported Russian gas.

Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russia’s Gazprom with France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, UK-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, and Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall. It aims to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas a year to the European Union across the Baltic Sea to Germany.

The pipeline project has been welcomed by some countries in Europe and opposed by some others, including Ukraine and Poland, while the United States has also expressed its opposition.

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Amid the ballyhoo about this memorandum and that dossier was and who collaborated with whom to swing the 2016 election for whom, what was perhaps the most significants political revelation of the year so far in Washington went largely unreported by mainstream media. It was of course statement by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis that the U.S. had “no evidence” that the Syrian government ever used the banned nerve agent Sarin against its own people.

This assertion flies in the face of the White House (NSC) Memorandum which was rapidly produced and declassified to justify an American Tomahawk missile strike against the Shayrat airbase in Syria.

Mattis offered no temporal qualifications, which means that both the 2017 event in Khan Sheikhoun and the 2013 tragedy in Ghouta are unsolved cases in the eyes of the Defense Department and Defense Intelligence Agency. This news blog reported at the times that on the basis of what evidence was available, it seemed likely the gas attacks were launched by anti – Assad rebels as false flag attacks in a bid to turn world opinion against the Assad regime.

Mattis went on to acknowledge that “aid groups and others” had provided evidence and reports but stopped short of naming President Assad as the culprit. It must be remembered that as his troops, with help from Russia and Iran, were gaining the upper hand against the ISIS / Al nusra forces, Assad would have had nothing to gain and a lot to lose by ordering such attacks

There were certainly casualties from organophosphate poisoning in both cases. But the Obama Administration was rather too quick in accusing Assad of direct responsibility for Sarin attacks and the cocksucker-in-chief even blamed Russia’s President Putin for culpability in the Khan Sheikhoun tragedy, saying he had irrerutable evidence of the Russian President’s involvement.

Experienced chemical weapons experts and independent U.N. investigators such as Hans Blix, Scott Ritter, Gareth Porter and Theodore Postol have all cast doubt on “official” American narratives claiming that President Assad employing Sarin.
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Russia: US threats against the legitimate leadership in Syria unacceptable

Yesterday it was reported that The White House, having received intelligence reports (from where?) that the Syrian government of President Bashar al Assad was planning another chemical weapons attack on its own citizens, similar to the one allegedly carried out in similar to the ones staged in 2013 and earlier this year.

There is in fact no evidence to prove Assad’s forces carried out either attack, on both occasions it would have only harmed Assad’s cause to use weapons that are banned by international law, and the toxic gas used in both cases was found to have originated in the USA and not Russia, China or Iran as one would expect if the Syrian government carried out the attack.

The latest Deep State attempt to fabicate an excuse for the USA to launch a full scale attack on Syria, and probably the most irrational to date comes, like the earlier one this year, as Assad’s forces are on the verge of winning a strategically important battle with the forces of ISIS and Al Nusra. Moon of Alabama has written a comprehensive analysis of the reasoning behind this sudden rush to war. Well The Deep State might have Trump where they want him, but they still haven’t managed to bully Vladimir Putin into dancing to their tune.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA),Moscow reports that Russia has slammed as “unacceptable” the US threats against the legitimate leadership in Syria following a recent White House statement alleging that this leadership is planning a chemical attack.

“We heard about this statement. We don’t know what it’s based on. And, of course, we strongly disagree with the wording ‘another attack,’ The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Novosti agency on Tuesday.

“We also consider any similar threats to the legitimate leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic unacceptable,” Peskov stressed.

“The Syrian government cannot be held accountable for the April 4 chemical attack in Idleb province “because, as you know, despite all Russia’s demands, an unbiased international investigation of the previous tragedy has not been carried out,” he added.

” Because, as you know, despite all the demands of the Russian side, there was no independent international investigation of the previous tragedy with the use of chemical weapons. We do not believe it is possible to rest the responsibility on the Syrian armed forces,” Peskov said.

However, he noted that a potential danger of repeated provocations with chemical weapons use in Syria still exists as there is evidence that ISIS terrorists possess such arms.

“Cases of chemical toxic substances’ use by ISIS terrorists have been repeatedly recorded. There is a potential threat of the repeat of such provocations. However, I repeat that I don’t possess exact information and I believe that my colleagues from special services and the Defense Ministry will share it [information] if they possess it.”

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement claiming the US has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians.

It seems likely that Washington hopes to arrange for a ‘false flag’ gas attack to be carried out by Barack Obama’s beloved ‘moderate rebels’ to justify an all out air and marine bombardment of Syria that would at last bring down Assad. Throughout the NATO coalition involvement in Syrian civil war (from 2013 and ongoing) Obama and the US State Department have been unequivocal in stating their priority was to remove Assad.

On each occasion however, as US activity seemed to point to an imminent escalation of air attacks and a land invasion, Putin has faced down The Deep State, who in spite of their hubristic belief that a nuclear war with Russia is winnable, are aware that the US public will not stand for Americn soldiers coming home in body bags.

It looks as if the US / Saudi ambition to take control of Syria’s oil and gas facilities on the Mediterranean coast may be thwarted again.

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