So following Donald Trump’s announcement that it’s time for US troops to leave Syria and right after the Syrian government liberates Eastern Ghouta, President Assad decides to unleash chemical weapons on civilians, mainly women and children?
Chemical weapons that he doesn’t even have….
Not everyone is buying into claims, by the White helmets and other anti government sources, of a chemical attack by the Syrian government in Douma.
Critics say the reports conveniently coincide with Trump’s plan to leave Syria and the withdrawal of Jaysh al-Islam militants in Ghouta.
According to Syrian state media, the militants agreed a deal with the Syria’s government, allowing to leave the town in exchange for releasing the prisoners they were holding.
Others point out that both Russia and Syria have recently warned of an upcoming false flag chemical attack in the wake of the Syrian Army gains and as justification to blame and then invade Syria.
The claims have renewed calls for a Syria intervention by the West, while Damascus said they were a “fabrication” and Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday called them “fake news.“
While a media storm immediately followed, accusing Syria’s Bashar Assad of heinous crimes and predicting a new US strike against Damascus forces in response, journalists with knowledge of events on the ground in Syria wondered aloud if the claims should be treated with a grain of salt.
Independent journalist Vanessa Beeley, who visited the Syrian frontline on numerous occasions, said the chemical attack report, quickly picked up by mainstream media, was “also 100 percent lie,” pointing out that the White Helmets group had been caught producing fakes before.
The timing of the alleged chemical attack claims was questioned by journalist Caitlin Johnstone, who pointed out that reports spread “just as Trump was seeking a withdrawal from Syria and just as [Syrian President Bashar] Assad was approaching victory in Douma.”
In her article on the Medium website, Johnstone doubted the credibility of the White Helmets as a source, due to their “extremely suspicious western funding and terrorist ties”, also reminding readers of the Western governments’ “extensive history of using lies, propaganda and false flags to manufacture support for military aggression.”
The chemical attack on his own people, certain to “provoke the wrath of the US war machine,” would mean that “Assad spontaneously began acting against his own self-interest,” the journalist wrote. She decried the influence of the mainstream media, which she said makes such news “easier to believe that Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin are deliberately killing civilians with poisonous gas for no reason whatsoever than to believe that the same empire which deceived us into Iraq is deceiving us into Iraq’s next-door neighbor Syria.”
US journalist Rania Khalek said that the timing of the alleged attack was “crazy” because it has emerged when the Syrian government was in its strongest position during the whole conflict and Trump said he wanted US troops out of the country.