Earlier this week, footage emerged from war-torn Syria of men, women, and children that had apparently been gassed. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave a speech accusing President Bashar al-Assad of being behind the attack, and of having used sarin gas on his citizens. If true, this would be a serious violation of international law.
On Wednesday Dr. Ron Paul, former congressman from Texas and leader of the libertarian movement, said that all signs point towards the attack being a false flag. He speculated that the attack is probably the work of Assad’s terrorist enemies with the backing of anti-Assad outsiders, the goal being to goad Trump into using military force to oust Assad. Dr. Paul wants the Trump administration to stand down before making such a rash decision.
False flags are an ancient war tactic familiar to those who study military history and theory. The fact of false flag attacks does not mean every event is a conspiracy, but it is a possibility that should always be kept in mind during war. In this particular case, it is the most logical explanation, according to Dr. Paul, who thinks there is “zero chance” Assad gassed his own people intentionally. Dr. Paul’s entire analysis is worth a listen.
The narrative is raising many eyebrows, not just Dr. Paul’s. We are supposed to believe that on the eve of peace talks in Brussels, Assad would intentionally use illegal gas on his own citizens, including women and children. This is the one move that would guarantee all of his enemies in the West bringing their wrath down upon him. We are to believe this despite the fact that Assad has been in the fight of his life for five years, and just days before the alleged gassing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled that he could remain in power.
Assad’s forces, with Russian backing, and with the recent approval of the Trump administration, have been closing in on crushing the rebel forces, which include Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Why would Assad start gassing innocents right as he is reaching a position of safety? We can be sure Assad does not want to end up like Gadaffi in Libya, who was stabbed to death in the street by crazed fanatical jihadis after NATO bombed his country.
To do this Assad would have to be mentally challenged, clinically insane, or suicidal. Considering he is a medical doctor educated in France who has managed to shrewdly fight and nearly win an extremely complex war against enemies backed by the United States, it is safe to assume he is none of the above.
Interestingly, it now looks like the Daily Mail has removed from its website a 2013 article (archived here) in which a plan by US intelligence to blame a chemical weapons attack on Assad is described.
Another objection to the official narrative is that the gas supposedly used, sarin gas, is incredibly poisonous and destructive, and its effects do not match what is seen on the footage. There are questions about why the Al-Qaeda linked White Helmets in the videos are handling bodies covered in sarin gas with their bare hands. This is not normal protocol and could be lethal. The victims in the footage also do not display the known visible signs of sarin gas, such as vomiting, uncontrolled defecation, twitching and jerking, paralysis, and convulsive spasms.
As noted by Syrian patriot @PartisanGirl, an anti-Assad journalist openly discussed a sarin false flag the day before the news broke, and he mentions using chlorine gas instead of sarin.
This looks like a repeat of the 2013 gas attacks in Gouta, when neo-conservative (neocon) Republicans and their crypto-neocon Democrat allies pushed the line that Assad is the new Hitler and must be removed from power. The highly-respected journalist Seymour M. Hersh wrote a long piece questioning the narrative that Assad was responsible for this 2013 attack.
Also at that time a United Nations official said that victim testimony strongly suggested that it was rebels, not the Syrian government, who used sarin gas on civilians. A study from top university MIT also challenged the official narrative on the 2013 gassing by Assad. It is also known that the “moderate rebels,” or jihadist terrorist groups, have themselves used poison gas on multiple occasions.
It is such an insane narrative on its face, and there are so many facts that contradict it, that there is no reason to accept this latest push by the corporate mass media and war mongering establishment hacks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, whose policy guidance has gotten America into so much deep trouble.
At the very least, extreme caution should be exercised here. The talking heads and the political hacks want people to accept this information uncritically, with a bare minimum of real analysis. However, the consequences of being wrong on this are so huge that a maximum of intelligent analysis must be applied before actions are taken.
And as far as I can tell, all the serious analysis indicates that Assad is actually not the worst actor here. The focus should be on eliminating radical Islamists, teaming up with Putin and Assad to do it, which was Trump’s original plan.
Surveying the many factions of pro-Trump Twitter, the rejection of the official line on Assad and Syria is widespread. If President Trump goes ahead with neocon military intervention to oust Assad, he will have a very serious problem on his hands, as key parts of his base will drop away, and key players in the meme warfare that got him elected will likely turn against him.
Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist who accurately predicted Trump’s win over a year in advance, agrees with Ron Paul that the official narrative makes no sense. He also thinks that Trump knows something is up, but that he is making a show of turning against Assad while playing a strategic long game.
If you would like to voice your opinion on intervention in Syria directly to the White House, the switchboard number is 202-456-1414.