It’s the second chemical weapons attack to happen in Syria since President Donald Trump took office; and once again the attack seems to be convenient, as Russia and the U.S. both announced a withdrawal of troops from Syria. Why would Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gas his own people as two foreign countries are readying to leave its territory? None of this makes sense.
This isn’t the first time this happened where the timing was questionable…
In 2017 Trump faced his first test of a chemical weapons attack in Syria and his response was bombarding Syria with missiles over unverified information while MSM looked on in awe. Brian Williams praised the “beautiful display” of Syria being destroyed by Tomahawk missiles.
The first attack under Trump – the chemical strike in Khan Sheikhoun – happened months after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had handed evidence to the Hague and the UN watchdog group OPCW that allegedly proves the Syrian rebels used mustard gas against civilians. An assertion that IHS Conflict Monitor had made in November, just a few months before the evidence was submitted.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) expert, Theodore Postol, claimed the Khan Sheikhoun attack might have been staged by bad actors in the region, Yahoo News reported.
Postol concluded that the U.S. government’s report does not provide any “concrete” evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.
I have reviewed the White House’s document carefully, and I believe it can be shown, without doubt, that the document does not provide any evidence whatsoever that the US government has concrete knowledge that the government of Syria was the source of the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria at roughly 6 a.m. to 7.a.m on 4 April, 2017.
Postol further questioned the scene, stating:
No competent analyst would miss the fact that the alleged sarin canister was forcefully crushed from above, rather than exploded by a munition within it.
All of these highly amateurish mistakes indicate that this White House report, like the earlier Obama White House Report from Ghouta in 2013, was not properly vetted by the intelligence community as claimed.
I have worked with the intelligence community in the past, and I have grave concerns about the politicisation of intelligence that seems to be occurring with more frequency in recent times – but I know that the intelligence community has highly capable analysts in it.
And if those analysts were properly consulted about the claims in the White House document they would have not approved the document going forward.
Is it possible that the chemical weapons were used by another group in the area to cause these attacks? Yes, entirely possible, since the proxy region is infested with various groups. In other words, the attack could be a state-sponsored actor or a non-state actor, i.e., terrorists.
On November 2016, The New York Times reported that IHS Conflict Monitor, a London-based intelligence collection and analysis service found that ISIS had used chemical weapons 52 times in Syria and Iraq. This report appears to have been largely ignored and forgotten by the Trump administration, as President Donald Trump previously launched a missile bombardment on a Syrian military base. He did so without having any prior investigation performed to determine who was actually responsible for the chemical attack.
Now Trump is threatening to invade Syria or take military action again for the second time while facing the fog of war. Not having enough on-ground information to work off of, President Trump in fact risks world war three with any further military movements in Syria.
Another report that corroborates IHS Conflict Monitor has found that the Islamic State has used sulfur mustard — a chemical warfare agent in the past — at least 19 times. The group’s conclusions were based on local news reports, social media and the Islamic State’s own propaganda.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Syrian government had completed the removal of all chemical weapons from the country in 2014. The WMD handover was corroborated by the United Nations Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and a statement by Senator John Kerry. While the Syrian government is on record surrendering their chemical weapons, the “moderate rebel” groups have used them increasingly.
Let’s first review reasons why the Syrian government probably didn’t gas their own people.
First and foremost it wouldn’t benefit the Assad government in any way shape or form. Trump’s administration, before the first chemical attack under its helm, said it would not pursue regime changes on Syria’s Assad. A few days later, the attack happened and rolled back that previous promise.
This time around, Assad allegedly bombed his own people in Douma killing at least 70 and wounding scores of others mere months after the U.S. and Russia had announced they would withdraw their respective militaries from the region.
It is worth noting that the region in Syria that Western sources are from is controlled by the Al Qaeda-allied terrorist group Jaysh al-Islam. Further, the reports we’re seeing cited by the press are coming from the Western-backed and Al Qaeda-affiliated propaganda firm the White Helmets and the “pro-opposition Ghouta Media Center.”
During the last chemical weapons attack in April 2017, a doctor on the ground in Khan Sheikhoun, Dr. Shajul Islam, had received several shipments of gas masks in the days leading up to the chemical incident. That same doctor is also one of the main sources for MSM reporting on this chemical attack, despite the fact that the man was sought by the British government in connection with the abduction of two journalists in Syria and is alleged to have ties to the infamous now-dead Jihadi John.
Islam had his license stripped after being accused of participating in a terrorist kidnapping ring targeting Western journalists, PJMedia reported.
British journalist, John Cantlie, was set to testify as the main witness against Islam during the pre-trial hearing. However, Cantlie was then kidnapped a second time.
This wasn’t the first time that the U.S. media has used a “medical professional’s” claims to advance war. It’s important to remember during the Gulf War a nurse named Nayirah testified that Iraqi soldiers removed babies from incubators in Kuwait.
It turned out that Nayirah was in fact, Nijirah al-Sabah, the daughter of Kuwait’s ambassador to the United States Saud Nasir Al-Sabah at the time. She was coached by Hill & Knowlton to forge her infamous testimony which was widely reported and repeated throughout the media despite being proven false, as 60 Minutes exposed in the 1990s. Knowing this is important to understand, that in order to go to war in a foreign country most Americans have never even heard of requires an emotional response to push that agenda onto the people.
The group in the Khan Sheikhoun area is also occupied by the NGO White Helmets whose leader Raed Salah, was denied entry into the U.S. at Washington’s Dulles International Airport and deported, due to “extremist connections” while on his way to receive a humanitarian relief award at a gala dinner hosted by USAID.
As WikiLeaks noted, the White Helmets are mostly funded by the U.S. government. Although theyalso get funding from London as its primary PR front in pursuit of a “No Fly Zone” in Syria.