In the early morning hours of April 7, 2017, the Trump administration fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from a U.S. destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea, at Shayrat Air Base in Syria which is alleged to be the location from where the Assad government, on April 4, had launched a chemical attack of sarin nerve gas which killed many civilians, including women and children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.
The source of information on the April 4 chemical attack is the White Helmets, a supposedly impartial, Syrian-created NGO. In an op/ed in The Guardian on April 4, 2017, the head of the White Helmets, Raed Al Saleh points the finger at the Assad government as the instigator of the chemical attack:
[T]his morning we have witnessed a suspected chemical weapon attack – one of the most horrifying in six years of this bloody conflict. At least 60 civilians were gassed to death and more than 300 are still being treated; many are in a critical condition. Members of my team sought to wash the deadly chemical from the eyes of the affected children. Soon afterwards our centre in the town was destroyed, along with all of our life-saving equipment. Then a local hospital where victims were being treated was also bombed….
The central architects of the destruction, the Assad regime, continue their bombing campaign against Syrian civilians….
I am therefore horrified at reports in the news, and from personal briefings I have received, that certain leading European politicians want to consider a deal with the Assad regime. It is beyond belief that the perpetrators of most of the violence could effectively be rewarded, and even propped up, for their crimes.
There are several things we should consider before we climb aboard Trump’s war wagon as too many conservatives are doing, as seen in a Grassfire Nation poll, wherein a vast majority (who undoubtedly had opposed Obama wanting to attack Syria in 2013) agree with Trump’s decision to strike Syria.
Daniel McAdams is the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He is a former foreign affairs advisor to US Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012, and a former journalist (1993-1999) based in Budapest, Hungary, including as editorial page editor of the Budapest Sun.
Beginning at the 3:58 mark of the video below, McAdams said:
“The fact is . . . we’re . . . literally on the eve of peace talks, Assad has the upper hand in these talks, he’s almost, essentially with his Russian and Iranian allies, wiped al-Qaeda and ISIS out of the country. So on the verge of this great victory that they’ve suffered for all these years, he decides ‘I think I’m gonna go out and kill some people with gas’. You know, if you just wanted to kill people, there are a heck of a lot better ways of doing it than using gas, which just guarantees that the entire world community, including your allies, are going to turn against you. He would have to be the most insane leader probably in the history of the world….”
(2) WHITE HELMETS IS A SUSPECT SOURCE
The source of report about the recent gas attack incident is the White Helmets, aka Syrian Civil Defense, which claims to be an impartial NGO (non-government organization). But as the video below explains, the White Helmets:
were not created by Syrians, but by a former British Army officer named James le Mesurier.
operate solely only in terrorist-held territories in Syria — Aleppo and Idlib.
call for a no-fly zone in Syria which would only benefit those who want regime change.
are a propaganda tool for the U.S. and the UK to justify military action against the Assad government.
are armed and partial, contrary to their self-description.
were seen celebrating with terrorists holding the ISIS flag.
are funded with $23 million “in assistance” from the U.S., contrary to the White Helmets’ self-description as “fiercely independent and accepts no money from governments, corporations or anyone directly involved in the Syrian conflict.”
In other words, the White Helmets are neither Syrian, nor impartial, nor independent, but are “al Qaeda with a facelift”.
Here’s a video of Syrian civilians saying the White Helmets never help civilians but instead help terrorists:
(3) WHITE HELMETS’ GAS ATTACK VIDEO
In the video below, Swedish Professor and Doctors for Human Rights (SWEDHR) points out that a video of an alleged chlorine gas attack on Syrian civilians which the White Helmets provided the UN Security Council on March 16, 2015, and which was then broadcast by CNN on April 20, 2015, is not believable because:
They faked an adrenalin injection to the heart of an infant: the “doctor” who administered the injection never actually injected anything.
As with the sarin gas attack on April 4, 2017, rescue workers in 2015 also did not wear gloves although, like sarin gas, chlorine gas is toxic to touch. FromWikipedia: “Chlorine is a toxic gas that attacks the respiratory system, eyes, and skin.”