Peter Ford will be speaking at Imperialism on trial, a series of speaking events being held in four cities in the United Kingdom in July 2018.
The objective of this meeting is to show Syria in perspective. That is, Syria as she really is after eight years of war, not as she is almost universally portrayed in the West.
A brave stand by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria over alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma.
I shall look at the broad picture, but I want to zero in by dealing with the report presented yesterday by the Commission on Syria.
I am not going to endorse that report but I want to begin by congratulating the Commission for standing firm and refusing to make premature pronouncements about the alleged use of prohibited weapons in Douma.
In doing so the Commission obviously angered those in the US administration and elsewhere who are impatient to see the West bombing its way to regime change in Syria. Hence the petulant leaks to the New York Times of a rejected earlier draft of the Commission report, and hysterical accusations against the Commission.
The body which actually has prime responsibility for determining what occurred or did not occur in Douma is the OPCW. Its investigations are not yet complete. Perhaps worried that the outcome might not be what Washington wants, the US administration had clearly been pinning high hopes on the Commission for producing a report which would suit the administration’s purpose of retrospectively justifying the illegal US/UK/French bombing of Syria in April – and more importantly, of conditioning opinion for the next, bigger aggression.
Conditioning Western opinion for the next aggression
Make no mistake, conditioning opinion for the next Western air strikes is crucial for the coming phase of the Syria conflict.
Imagine that today you are a leader of one of the armed groups, in Deraa, say. You have seen how gullible Western governments and media are.
You have seen how easy it is to fabricate incidents to incriminate the Syrian government. You don’t even need to stage a false flag operation, that is one where you yourself use chemical weapons in order to pin the blame on Assad. You did that in 2013 only the former Commissioner, Carla Del Ponte, to veer off message by stating that there was strong and concrete evidence that the rebels had stocks of sarin and had used it.
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