Predictably, responsibility for the appalling chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun is being attributed to the Syrian government even before a full investigation has taken place and now the drums of war are beating.
Turnbull is calling for a ‘strong response’ while dodging questions about what that means and what Australia’s role would be.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said given the gas attack, ‘it would seem that there would be no role for [Mr Assad] to govern the Syrian people’.
He also said removing Mr Assad needed an international effort and, when asked if the US would organise that effort, said ‘those steps are under way’.
Given that Russia and the Syrian government have gained the military upper hand over the Al-Nusra front and its caliphate colleagues, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, we have to ask why it would draw down universal opprobrium on itself and provide a trigger for Western military intervention.
According to Seymour Hirsch and other analysts, this attack, like many before it, has all the markings of False Flag propaganda.
We would do well to remember that the morally pristine US supplied Saddam Hussein with germs and chemicals.
‘The CDC, meanwhile, sent shipments of germs to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission and other agencies involved in Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. It sent samples in 1986 of botulinum toxin and botulinum toxoid — used to make vaccines against botulinum toxin — directly to the Iraqi chemical and biological weapons complex at al-Muthanna, the records show’. (Associated Press, October 1, 2002.)
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay