[Marxism] Retraction and Apology to Our Readers for Mint Press Article on Syria Gas Attack « Antiwar.com Blog

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 13:57:36 MDT 2013


This Mint Press BS played a lot larger than anti-war.com - I'm composing a
list of expected retractions and apologies, because they are all upstanding
sources with great integrity so do they really have any choice, do they?
Want to help?

This is what I have so far:

AntiWar.com<http://original.antiwar.com/Dale-Gavlak/2013/08/30/syrians-in-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack/>|
OpEdNews<http://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/EXCLUSIVE-Syrians-In-Ghou-in-General_News-Attacks-On-Journalists-Media_Israel-Syria-Conflict_Syria_Syria-130901-580.html>
| FAIR<http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/09/01/which-syrian-chemical-attack-account-is-more-credible/>
InfoWars<http://www.infowars.com/exclusive-syrians-in-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack/>
| Democratic Underground
<http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014581935>| Godlike
Productions <http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2337651/pg1>
| Global
Research<http://www.globalresearch.ca/syrians-in-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack/5347487>|
News
Ninja<http://newsninja2012.com/must-read-syrians-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack-assad-forces-obama-admin-claims-2013-09-02/#sthash.BbjyqLwF.dpbs>|
Daily
Kos<http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/31/1235417/-Report-suggest-Rebels-gassed-Damascus-civilians-by-accident>|
Before
it's News<http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013/09/news-and-links-for-sept-1-2013-4-2533116.html>
| Tea Party Command
Center<http://teapartyorg.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=4301673%3ABlogPost%3A1803925&commentId=4301673%3AComment%3A1805779&xg_source=activity>
| Counterpunch<http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/03/who-really-crossed-the-red-line/>|
Friends
of Syria<http://friendsofsyria.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/syrians-in-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack/>
| Occupy.com <http://www.occupy.com/author/dale-gavlak-and-yahya-ababneh>
| Religious
Liberty Monitoring<http://elizabethkendal.blogspot.com/2013/08/syria-journalists-in-middle-east-say.html>|
Watchmen
News<http://watchmen-news.com/2013/09/01/syrians-in-ghouta-claim-saudi-supplied-rebels-behind-chemical-attack/>|
World
Socialist Web Site<http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/02/syr2-s02.html>|
Democracy
and Class Struggle<http://democracyandclasstruggle.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-dale-gavlak-report-now-appears-on.html>

I included that list in

09/03/2013   *Who Used Sarin in
Syria?<http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/09/who-used-sarin-in-syria.html>
*

This was antiwar.com's first comment on the CW attack

> Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed in Chemical Weapons Attack*Officials
> Deny Allegation*
> by Jason Ditz, August 21, 2013
> Oddly timely since the UN chemical weapons experts arrived in the nation
> just days ago, Syrian rebels are now claiming a sudden massive chemical
> weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus, saying 213 people were killed
> in a nerve gas strike on Ghouta. Other rebels claimed 635 had died.
>
> British Foreign Secretary William Hague, always willing to buy into
> anything the Syrian rebels say, dubbed it a *“shocking escalation,”* but
> the even more shocking aspect would be the timing.
>
> It makes no sense to believe that after finally capping off months of
> negotiations to get chemical weapons inspectors into the country the Syrian
> military would just happen to pick that same moment to launch a strike far
> beyond anything previously alleged.
>
> Riad Haddad, Syria’s Ambassador to Russia, denied<http://www.trust.org/item/20130821113026-0n3lp/?source=hpbreaking>the claim, saying that it was fabricated and meant to mislead the
> inspectors who had just arrived. The UN has yet to comment on the matter,
> but will presumably show up in Ghouta to investigate it.
> [note from Clay: Syrian regime is blocking UN experts’ access to
> “chemical attack” site<https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/nowsyrialatestnews/syrian-regime-blocks-un-experts-access-to-chemical-attack-site>]
>


and here is my response to it:

08/22/2013  AntiWar.com Disparages Chemical Attack in
Syria<http://claysbeach.blogspot.com/2013/08/antiwarcom-disparages-chemical-attack.html>

Clay Claiborne, Director
Vietnam: American Holocaust <http://VietnamAmericanHolocaust.com>
Linux Beach Productions
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 581-1536

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