[Marxism] Washington Babylon Podcast- Episode 14: Gareth Porter

Andrew Stewart hasc.warrior.stew at gmail.com
Thu Jul 4 20:27:01 MDT 2019

In the name of full disclosure and honesty, Porter is discussing the
Vietnam war, not Syria in this podcast. He does not get into Syrian affairs
except on a brief moment about Seymour Hersh.

Best regards,

Andrew Stewart

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Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2019 11:55:08 -0400
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> On Jul 4, 2019, at 9:56 AM, Andrew Stewart via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

A new low for Washington Babylon and Ken Silverstein: giving a platform to
Assad-apologist Gareth Porter. Elliott Higgins has dealt with Porter?s
crimes against journalism here:

"Gareth Porter?s article relies heavily on ignoring the tests by the OPCW
that detected Sarin in samples from both the impact site, and the
indications of Sarin use from biological samples taken from victims. Porter
relies on the usual chemical weapon truther claims that these results were
from samples being tampered with in someway, without presenting any actual
evidence it took place. Porter does not address a key piece of evidence,
that chemical tests by the OPCW show that not only Sarin was used, but it
had marker chemicals that linked it to the chemical weapon stockpiles of
the Syrian government. It also ignores that objects recovered from the Khan
Sheikhoun craters matched filling caps from Syrian airdropped chemical

"'According to information obtained by the Mechanism, the filler cap, with
two closure plugs, is uniquely consistent with Syrian chemical aerial
bombs. The Mechanism was provided with an assessment of the filler cap and
with chemical analysis showing sarin and a reaction product of sarin with
hexamine that can only be formed under very high heat. Information was also
received that additional metal fragments collected from the crater may
possibly correspond to parts of Syrian aerial chemical munitions.'

"Neither Porter nor Wilkie addresses these issues, which clearly debunks
those claims of Porter?s that Wilkie cites."


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