ev. In an interview with BBC Scotland, Peter Ford, British Ambassador to Syria from 2003 to 2006, speaks out clearly with regard to the “justifications” for the bombing of Syria by the United States, Britain and France. Like many other experienced diplomats and observers, he fears that hysteria and disinformation might, as he says, “lead us to the edge of Armaggedon.” He urgently advocates taking a deep breath and contemplating before “something really terrible occurs affecting the security of all of us” instead of being carried away by “hysteria and distortion”.
Peter Ford appeals to engage our brains and emotions and he warns “not be stampeded by those videos which, I described as being unverified, but which by identical being repeated over and over and over again come to require a spurious credibility. We have to ask ourselves what are the sources of the information on which we are in this stampede to war. They are twofold. And I’m sorry but the media are falling down on the job in investigation this sources. The Syrian-American Medical Society which is a pro-Islamist propaganda outfit based in the United States is financed by the CIA.”
After an intervention of the journalist, he speaks out more clearly: “Yes. In all probability, the incident had been staged. Come on! We know how easy it is to fake images for the internet. Look at the images. Anybody could stage those. And then the second source is supposed to be so called first responders. Who are the first responders? In this case, they are the White helmets, which is another pro-Islamist, jihadi propaganda outfit. [...] The witnesses of this terrible event are people who themselves were involved in beheadings ...”
And finally, he requests to ask seriously how Bashar al-Assad had benefited from all this mayhem which would be rebounded against him. “Why would he do such a thing when he was already winning. The battle for Eastern Ghluta was virtually over. Why would he choose this moment to do the one thing that was guaranteed to plug a defeat for him […]?”
The renowned British journalist Robert Fisk, who has been living in the Lebanese capital Beirut for more than 40 years, also expresses great doubts about the presentation of the US-British-French war coalition on an alleged poison gas attack in Duma. For years, Robert Fisk has been visiting such locations personally and he speaks directly with the local people. So did he this time. After the laconic announcement of a Syrian colonel, that he had no information, Fisk walked independently into Douma. “I walked across this town quite freely yesterday without soldier, policeman or minder to haunt my footsteps, just two Syrian friends, a camera and a notebook.” After a short walk, he met the Syrian senior physician, Assim Rahaibani, who showed him his modest subterrean clinic. “I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred metres from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened. There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over Douma at night – but on this night, there was wind and huge dust clouds began to come into the basements and cellars where people lived. People began to arrive here suffering from hypoxia, oxygen loss. Then someone at the door, a ‘White Helmet’, shouted ‘Gas!’, and a panic began. People started throwing water over each other. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia – not gas poisoning.”
Fisk could not ask the White Helmets. A woman told him that every member of the White Helmets in Douma abandoned their main headquarters and chose to take the government-organised and Russian-protected buses to the rebel province of Idlib with the armed groups when the final truce was agreed.
Robert Fisk adds: “There are the many people I talked to amid the ruins of the town who said they had ‘never believed in’ gas stories – which were usually put about, they claimed, by the armed Islamist groups.” •
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