Robert Fisk, twice British journalist of the year and seven time foreign correspondent of the year, visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisis. He finds zero evidence of the “gas attacks” used as the pretext for the combined US-UK-France aggression on April 13, a war crime, and for a frenzied media campaign to instead find Syria and Russia guilty of a war crime. There is no evidence of the supposed dozens of dead. What’s more, the US, British and French leaders are now reserving the right to carry out further strikes on Syria – if “the regime repeats its chemical-weapons attacks on civilians.” And, reminiscent of the 2003 disinformation to justify the invasion of Iraq, it is notable how Fisk’s reportage is being ignored by the monopoly media. In the US, a survey by FAIR of the top 100 papers by circulation found not a single editorial board opposed to Trump’s April 13 airstrikes on Syria.
(Damascus) – This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks – and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the “gas” videotape which horrified the world – despite all the doubters – is perfectly genuine.
War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm. Continue reading