As you can imagine, the talk of the week is still the "West's" bombing of Syria, over the most threadbare of pretexts. Since the bombing, it has emerged that (1) Syria invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to Syria to review the scene of the crime of the alleged chemical attacks. This is significant because this is the internationally recognized body that supposedly oversees the dismantling of chemical weapons. Syria had issued the visas, but, alas, the "West" struck and bombed Syria anyway, before the OPCW could conduct any investigation. Thus (2) the
"proof" that the "West" supposedly has has not come from any internationally recognized body.
Now, what this means, it seems to me, is perfectly clear: the "West" struck a foreign sovereign nation, based on allegations, without offering any sufficient proof or cause that Mr. Assad had gassed his people. Some sources indicate that one of the places targeted by the "West's" missile strikes was precisely the scene of the alleged crime. If this is true, then once again one recognizes the familiar pattern of the "West" destroying a crime scene before any real investigation can be conducted: think Waco, Oklahoma City, the World Trade center after 9/11.
Predictably, Russia is blaming the "West" for having set up the whole false narrative as a false flag:
Here's the claim:
As the blame game over the alleged chemical attack in Syria escalates ahead of what is expected to be an imminent, if contained, air strike campaign by the US, UK and/or France against Syria, on Friday morning, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow had "irrefutable evidence" that the attack - which allegedly killed more than 40 people in an April 7 chemical weapons strike on the former rebel outpost of Douma -was staged with the help of a foreign secret service.
"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged event, and that the secret services of a certain state that is now at the forefront of a Russophobic campaign was involved in this staged event," he said during a press conference according to AFP.
Speculation that said "certain state" was the UK was confirmed shortly after, when Russia's defense ministry alleged that Britain was involved in the suspected chemical attack. According to defense ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Kremlin has evidence that Britain was behind the attack.
Quoted by Reuters, he said: "We have... evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation."
As RT further adds, the Russian Defense Ministry presented what it says is "proof that the reported chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged."
It also accused the British government of pressuring the perpetrators to speed up the “provocation.” During a briefing on Friday, the ministry showed interviews with two people, who, it said, are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
During a briefing on Friday, the ministry showed interviews with two people, who, it said, are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma, a town near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
In the interviews released to the media, the two men reported how footage was shot of people dousing each other with water and treating children, which was claimed to show the aftermath of the April 7 chemical weapons attack. The patients shown in the video suffered from smoke poisoning and the water was poured on them by their relatives after a false claim that chemical weapons were used, the ministry said.
“Please, notice. These people do not hide their names. These are not some faceless claims on the social media by anonymous activists. They took part in taking that footage,” said Konashenkov.
Now, at least the Russians are trying to back up their claims, and of course, Great Britain is denying the whole accusation and calling it all a pack of lies.
Which it could very well be. After all, the Russians are just as perfectly capable of hiring "crisis actors" and "interviewing them" on television as the "West" is. So who to believe?
Well, Mr. H.B. and many others found this article and passed it along; an independent Swiss chemicals laboratory, which tested the "nerve agent" used on the Skripals, has concluded that the agent most likely was produced in the UK or the USA:
Here's the upshot:
Remember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent - produced by Russia - was used in the attempted assassination of the Skripals? Remember the 50 questions (here and here) we had surrounding the 'facts' as Theresa May had laid them out? Ever wonder why, given how utterly deadly we were told this chemical was, the Skripals wondered around for a few hours after being 'infected' and then days later, survived with no chronic damage?
Well those doubts may well have just been answered as according to the independent Swiss state Spiez lab, the substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, which was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.
RT reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), that Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ.
The Swiss center sent the results to the OPCW.
To paraphrase I Love Lucy, "Theresa, you got some 'splainin to do!" Remember, we were "assured" that the evidence was all but overwhelming that Russia had tried to poison the Skripals with a nerve agent, a story that looks increasingly threadbare (along the lines of the Emperor's "new clothes"), since they have survived the attack. Now it turns out that the chemical agent resembles weapons, not in the Russian arsenal, but the "West's". So on the preponderance of evidence in the Syria case, who are we inclined to believe?
The Bush Administration and the Blair Government lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; now it appears we have at least a large scale lie in the case of the Skripals; and a bombing campaign day before the OPCW was due to arrive in Syria and conduct an investigation... ponder that a moment: a bombing strike was launched prior to the arrival of the UN's official agency in charge of chemical weapons investigations, and thus prior to any real independent investigation.
So let me put country simple to all the kelptocrats, technocrats, plutocrats, and oligarchs of the "West":
I do not believe you.