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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The Times gave feature op-ed space to notorious imperial enforcer/child trafficker Edmond Mulet – an unaccountable criminal never indicted for his high crimes.

He served as UN assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, notably heading the repressive Blue Helmet MINUSTAH occupation of Haiti, brutalizing its people.

Earlier, he was a Guatemalan official, serving under genocidal despot Efrain Rios Montt. In the 1980s, he was involved in child-trafficking, commodifying young children for profit.

According to UNICEF, Guatemala for years was a leading child-trafficking nation, babies abducted from parents, sold mostly to US couples, a 2007 adoption law largely ending the practice.

Mulet should be arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for his high crimes. Instead, last April, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres disgracefully appointed him head of the Security Council Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on CW use in Syria.

Its work failed to meet international standards. JIM inspectors never visited Kahn Sheikhoun, site of an alleged CW incident – nor Shayrat airbase, the alleged site where an unproven CW attack was launched. It visited no sites investigated to obtain evidence firsthand.

Its conclusions were based solely on phony evidence supplied by anti-Syrian forces – US-supported terrorists, various groups alone responsible for numerous CW attacks throughout nearly seven years of US aggression, using ISIS and likeminded fighters as imperial foot soldiers, Pentagon contractors training them in CW use.

Mulet’s disgraceful op-ed comprised beginning-to-end disinformation and Big Lies.

Mulet: “In mid-August 2014, the (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – OPCW) announced that the destruction of the chemical weapons declared by Syria was complete.”

“Yet the Syrian government has continued using chemical weapons in Syria. Between December 2015 and last November, the organization recorded 121 alleged incidents.”

“In 2016, it confirmed 23 uses of chemicals as weapons between April 2014 and August 2015; its investigations continue.”

Fact: No evidence suggests CW use by Syrian forces throughout the war. Plenty of evidence proves use by US/Turkish/Saudi-backed terrorists, these countries supplying toxins to be used, falsely blamed on Damascus.

Mulet: JIM “investigators…attributed…chlorine (and) sulfur mustard” CW attacks “to the Syrian government,” one incident to ISIS.

False! JIM’s investigation uncovered nothing except what it invented – relying on fake evidence, used to vilify Assad.

Commenting on the Kahn Sheikhoun incident last April, Mulet lied, claiming a
“Syrian government aircraft was flying over (the location) at the time of the attack, an aerial chemical bomb launched over the town, and its residents began dying within minutes.”

Fact: No Syrian military or other aircraft flew anywhere near Kahn Sheikhoun on the day of the alleged attack.

Fact: The incident was a false flag, wrongfully blamed on Damascus, a fake incident, not a real one, a pretext for Trump attacking Syria’s Shayrat airbase.

Al-Qaeda-connected, Western-supported, anti-Assad White Helmets alone provided unverified images of the alleged attack’s aftermath.

No evidence suggests area residents were victims of toxic sarin or any other CW. None sought medical treatment.

Nothing proves an attack actually occurred, just unverified reports claiming one, falsely blaming Damascus for what appears not to have happened.

At the time, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said Khan Sheikhoun areas residents weren’t evacuated to protect them from alleged toxic exposure.

“Neither locals nor pseudo-rescuers have even asked for medicines, antidotes, decontaminants,” or any other help, he explained.

“(T)he only (so-called evidence of CW use comes from al-Qaeda-connected) White Helmets videos.”

Mulet lied claiming otherwise, responsible for fabricating the JIM report on the incident. His entire commentary lacked credibility.

Yet the Times gave him feature op-ed space to repeat his disgraceful Big Lies – the self-styled newspaper of record complicit in the deception.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.