Former Navy Admiral Lord West’s questioning of the mainstream narrative surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma led the BBC’s Annita McVeigh to suggest that truthfully stating his position and posing questions risked “muddying the waters” in an ongoing “information war with Russia.”
Lord West had described how in his view the claim that Bashar Assad ordered the attack “doesn’t ring true,” asking “what benefit is there for his military?” He went on to say “we know that in the past some of the Islamic groups have used chemicals, and of course there would be huge benefit in them labelling an attack as coming from Assad.”
West went on to question the ‘evidence’ provided by groups like the White Helmets and the World Health Organization, both of which he described as “not neutral.” read more..
‘It just doesn’t ring true’: The leading UK figures who question ‘proof’ of Douma ‘gas attack’
Upon the news breaking, originally from the White Helmets – a group that operates partly in areas under the control of Syria’s Jihadist opposition – French President Emmanuel Macron insisted that they had evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons in the militant-held city of Douma.
US President Donald Trump was eager to announce on Twitter that the “smart” bombs would soon rain down on Syrian forces. UK PM Theresa May chipped in with a “significant body of information, including intelligence [that indicated] the Syrian regime is responsible for this latest attack” before joining the allies in a strike against the Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, without taking the issue to parliament.
Some UK figures are now querying the allies’ line of logic. Are the videos legitimate? Why would Assad, who was about to retake Douma, bomb his own people? And where is the proof from reliable, third-party sources? read more..