[Marxism] The rancid politics of the Douma false-flag brigades | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 12 13:42:07 MST 2020

Almost a year ago, a group of pro-Assad academics in England organized 
as the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media and led by the 
odious Tim Hayward posted a report on their website written by former 
OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) employee Ian 
Henderson that was a highly technical rebuttal to the official report, 
which concluded that dozens of Syrians living in Douma were killed by 
gas released from a weaponized chlorine tank dropped by a regime helicopter.

Delivered as a series of bullet points, Henderson’s report concluded:

	In summary, observations at the scene of the two locations, together 
with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability 
that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather 
than being delivered from aircraft.

That “manually placed” could have only meant one thing. Even though 
Henderson stopped short of stating it, it was left to the pro-Assad 
academics to state it for him. This was a “false flag” intended to 
provoke American intervention. Not only did they conclude that jihadis 
planted the chlorine tanks, they also killed dozens of Douma residents 
beforehand to make the false flag plausible: “As we have previously 
noted, if the Douma attack was staged the only plausible explanation for 
the deaths of the victims is that they were murdered as captives by the 
opposition group in control of Douma at the time.”


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