Heading for Escalated US Aggression in Syria?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Russia slammed false reports, accusing its military along with Syria’s for the latest alleged CW attack in the country, its Defense Ministry saying:
Claims put out by the al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets and other anti-Syrian elements have no credibility.
A statement by Russian Center for Syria reconciliation General Yuri Yevtushenko said:
“We strongly reject this information and confirm readiness after Douma is liberated from militants to send Russian specialists in radiation, chemical and biological protection to collect data to confirm that these statements are fabricated,” adding:
“(A) number of (US-led) Western countries” are trying to prevent Douma’s liberation. “For this purpose, the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces – one of the most widespread claims in the West – is being used.”
Russia’s Defense Ministry again warned “that military intervention under far-fetched and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where the Russian servicemen are deployed at the request of the legitimate government, is absolutely unacceptable and might lead to very severe consequences.”
Key is what follows this latest anti-government provocation. Trump unleashed a disgraceful twitter storm, saying:
“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world.”
“President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”
“If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!”
Disgusting moronic remarks, befitting the gutter, not the White House, mocking any possibility of accomplishing anything if a Putin/Trump summit occurs.
Pope Francis disgraced himself, calling the alleged incident an unjustifiable use of “instruments of extermination,” implying Syrian/Russian responsibility, not a shred of evidence suggesting it.
On ABC’s This Week, White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bosset said nothing should be taken “off the table” in response to the incident, the type remark often preceding US aggressive attacks.
A hostile knee-jerk UK Foreign Office response called whatever happened “further proof of Assad’s brutality.”
The incident is the latest in a long line of US-orchestrated false flag CW incidents in Syria, Britain likely complicit.
No evidence exists that a Saturday CW attack occurred. None suggests Assad ever used these banned weapons. The alleged Douma incident is especially transparent.
On Sunday, hours after it occurred, AMN news announced an agreement reached between government forces and remaining US-supported terrorists in Douma to surrender their heavy weapons and be relocated to Aleppo’s northern countryside.
Smashed and defeated, it was evident days earlier, the battle to rout them largely over when the alleged CW incident occurred – obviously not committed by government or Russian forces.
Clearly US-supported terrorists were responsible for what happened, a way for Trump administration neocon extremists to escalate war if that’s their intention.
Now is the time for Russia to warn Washington against putting conflict resolution further out of reach than already by attacking Syrian forces for something they had nothing to do with.
Failure of Moscow to handle the situation through strength, not weakness, could determine the direction of fighting in the months ahead.
The power of hostile Trump tweets and media propaganda already declared Syria and Russia guilty by accusation – perhaps all hell to be unleashed ahead.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”