Tuesday, April 17, 2018

No Gas Says Fisk And Where Are The Missiles?

Via ZeroHedge:

Robert Fisk's bombshell first-hand account for the UK Independent runs contrary to nearly every claim circulating in major international press concerning what happened just over week ago on April 7th in an embattled suburb outside Damascus: not only has the veteran British journalist found no evidence of a mass chemical attack, but he's encountered multiple local eyewitnesses who experienced the chaos of that night, but who say the gas attack never happened.

According to Fisk and a doctor he interviewed in Douma, the video of people suffering from gas was in fact brought on by a dust storm and Syrian army shelling, then compounded by a false gas alarm, which caused people to douse themselves with water. You can read the whole thing here if you haven't already.

Then there's missiles, an awful lot of them, fired at just three targets. Joe Quin, writing at SOTT, offers a counter narrative, based on Russian radar reports and analysis of the target sites. He smells a rat:

But this then posed another problem. How to distribute the 100+ missiles among only 3 locations? Should they divide them equally, 33 (or so) at the HIAST buildings and 33 each at the two Homs locations? But would the visible damage tally with the reported number of missiles? The two locations outside Homs were problematic because they were in open farmland and the buildings were far too small to plausibly cover up the missing impact craters. There was only one thing for it: the HIAST target, with its 3 sizable towerblocks, would have to take the lion's share of the missing missiles. The outrageous number of 76, to be exact.

You can read the whole thing here.

Perhaps Fisk's a shill, Quin's a conspiracy theorist, Russian, Assadite dupe and we should take the Pentagon's report at face value. But if we do, let's not forget the old adage, War's a Racket.




LL said...

War is a racket, but I believe that the Pentagon is correct in the number of missiles and the bomb damage assessment.

As to the gas, you'd only know if you could test and the Syrians wouldn't let testing teams in. Apparently the US collected information through clandestine means and confirmed a chlorine gas release.

The motives are more obscure, but it's Syria.

LSP said...

LL, you know far more than I do!

Still, I'd be happier about it all if the beloved White Helmets didn't seem to be the main source of info.

On the other side of the coin -- if the Russian claims about a larger, intercepted strike were true, you'd think they'd give some proof and make a bigger deal of it. If only to sell more surplus Soviet kit... the delay in allowing OPCW to the site seems dubious too.

Whatever the case, WW3 over Syria didn't happen, so I'm not complaining.

Ray said...

This is from my old old blog.. quit it long ago. but keep it here to show how prescient I was about Obama's escalation to president. At the time of this was his first term and I was paid to create agitprop to counter all his bullshit. Sorry if you liked him. I hate him. ;)

LSP said...

I'm no fan of the Magic O, Ray, at all. But send a link to the blog.


LL said...

"Ray" is a bot.

I don't know if it's a Russian bot or not.

It would be simpler to pave Syria from one end to the other. Make it one big parking lot (add strip malls to suit). Much cheaper than the civil war.

LSP said...

Dam bots.

I've been a Russian Bot for a while and it's not so bad. Pay could be better, though. C'mon, Putin, look after the workforce.