Questioning the Douma Hoax
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Before the television and digital age, Winston Churchill explained "(a) lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
The bigger the lie, the more accurate his observation - especially with 24-hour cable TV and modern technology, instantly communicating globally, repeating the official narrative endlessly, drowning out alternative views.
Robert Fisk and other journalists visiting Douma found no evidence of a chemical weapons attack.
Reporter Pearson Sharp interviewed Douma residents. They denied an attack occurred.
"When I asked (doctors at the town's hospital) what they thought the chemical attack was, they told me - all of them told me - that it was staged by the 'rebels' (sic) who were occupying the town at the time," Sharp explained, adding:
"They said it was a fabrication and a hoax, and when I asked them why, they told me it was because the rebels were desperate, and they needed a ploy to get the Syrian army off their backs so they could escape."
GOP Rep. Thomas Massie questioned the official narrative, tweeting:
"In briefing to Congress, DNI, SecDef, and SecState provided zero real evidence. Referenced info circulating online."
"Which means either they chose not to provide proof to Congress or they don't have conclusive proof that Assad carried out gas attack. Either way, not good."
Days earlier, Massie said "I haven't read France's or Britain's 'Constitution,' but I've read ours, and nowhere in it is presidential authority to strike Syria" - or any other country preemptively for any reason - especially based on a Big Lie.
Last week Massie tweeted: "It doesn't make sense that Assad would use gas, immediately after @realDonaldTrump announced we would pull troops out of Syria. Assad knows a gas attack would provoke US military involvement against his government," adding:
"(W)e should not get involved in Syria, and we should get out of Syria."
GOP Rep. Justin Amash and Republican Senator Rand Paul also opposed US, UK, French aggression on Syrian sites.
Ahead of the overnight Friday aggression, war secretary Mattis said he saw no evidence of a Douma CW incident - yet went along with attacking the country anyway.
Hours before it began, he said the Pentagon was still "assessing the intelligence" on the alleged incident.
He lied claiming Trump could attack Syria (and presumably any other country) without congressional or any other authorization.
Washington is currently waging war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria, along with special forces deployed in scores more countries, menacing CIA operatives virtually everywhere, many masquerading as diplomats.
Permanent war is official US policy, nations not yet attacked on America's target list.
A Final Comment
Russian personnel in Douma found toxins used by Jaish al-Islam terrorists to produce CWs.
According to Russia's radiological, chemical and biological defense corps specialist Alexander Rodionov, "(d)uring the examination of the (terrorists') chemical laboratory, a lot of hexamin was discovered, which is yet more proof that militants had been producing chemical weapons."
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