[Marxism] The shifting sands of Assadist propaganda | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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