[Marxism] The New Truthers: Americans Who Deny Syria Used Chemical Weapons | New Republic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 12 06:39:41 MDT 2013

The sources for VIPS' most sensational claims, it turns out, are 
Canadian eccentric Michel Chossudovsky’s conspiracy site Global Research 
and far-right shock-jock Alex Jones’s Infowars. The specific article 
that Giraldi references carries the intriguing headline “Did the White 
House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?” (His answer, in case you 
wondered, is yes.) The author is one Yossef Bodansky—an Israeli-American 
supporter of Assad’s uncle Rifaat, who led the 1982 massacre in Hama. 
Bodansky’s theory was widely circulated after an endorsement from Rush 
Limbaugh. A whole paragraph from Bodansky’s article makes it into the 
VIPS letter intact, with only a flourish added at the end.

Giraldi references two more articles to substantiate his claim: one from 
Infowars and another from DailyKos. But both reference the same source, 
an obscure website called Mint Press which published an article claiming 
that Syrian rebels had accidentally set off a canister of Sarin supplied 
to them by the Saudis. The idea that an accident in one place would 
cause over a thousand deaths in 12 separate locations—with none affected 
in areas in between—somehow did not strike this intelligence veteran as 
implausible. But to its credit, Mint Press has since added a disclaimer: 
“Some information in this article could not be independently verified."

What of VIPS’s “numerous sources in the Middle East,” then? It turns out 
they're the same as Bodansky’s “numerous sources in the Middle East”—the 
sentence is plagiarized.


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