[Marxism] The shifting sands of Assadist propaganda | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Sat Apr 28 13:09:37 MDT 2018
Two days ago, RT.com published an article based on the testimony of 17
Syrians that no chemical attack took place in Douma. Basically, they are
defending the position of Robert Fisk:
The hospital received people who suffered from smoke and dust
asphyxiation on the day of the alleged attack, Muwaffak Nasrim, a
paramedic who was working in emergency care, said. The panic seen in
footage provided by the White Helmets was caused mainly by people
shouting about the alleged use of chemical weapons, Nasrim, who
witnessed the chaotic scenes, added. No patients, however, displayed
symptoms of chemical weapons exposure, he said.
If that story doesn’t have the desired result of fingering the White
Helmets for a “false flag”, RT.com offers an alternative version so you
have multiple choices like between brown rice or white rice at your
favorite Chinese restaurant.
Just two days prior to the article cited above, RT.com offered up an
article titled “‘Whole story was staged’: Germany’s ZDF reporter says
Douma incident was false flag attack”. Well, it might have been staged
but the script had a different plot line entirely:
The scene of the attack, which allegedly took place on April 7, was in
fact the “command post” of a local Islamist group, the reporter said,
citing the witnesses he was able to speak to at the refugee camp.
He went on to say that, according to the locals, the militants brought
canisters containing chlorine to the area and “actually waited for the
Syrian Air Force to bomb the place, which was of particular interest for
As the Syrian forces eventually struck the place, which was apparently
a high-priority military target, the chlorine canisters exploded. The
locals also told Gack that it is not the first such provocation in Douma
that was staged by the militants.
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