This article from Executive Intelligence Review (LaRouchepub.com) is republished courtesy of our friend and weekly RogueMoney radio guest Harley Schlanger. For more on Washington's petrodollar -driven Mideast lies and foreign policy follies, see RM contributor Ken Schortgen Jr's July 3, 2017 article on the site and linked below. -- JWS
July 2, 2017 (EIRNS)—On June 26, President Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the President had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were preparing for a "new" chemical weapons attack. President Trump responded that Assad would pay "a heavy price" if an attack were attempted.
Now the British press agency Reuters has circulated a claim late on July 1, that al-Assad government forces attacked rebels and/or civilians near Damascus with chlorine gas. This British claim has, as of July 2, not been more widely repeated in the media.
OPCW: No inspectors visiting the scene of the war crime at Khan Sheikhoun nor the Al-Shayrat air base from which the U.S. accuses Damascus air force of flying the jet carrying an alleged chemical bomb Washington claims was dropped on the town, no chain of custody of sarin 'or sarin like substance' samples from jihadi supporting Turkey, ridiculous claims from usual suspects funded by Saudi-backed NATO think tank Atlantic Council sock puppets of Bellingcat that Damascus would send OPCW samples implicating itself, and footage of White Helmets (accompanied by Russian speaking jihadists) collecting 'sarin' samples with flip flops and surgical masks for protection (because Bellingcat's chemical warfare 'experts' say it disperses so fast) -- who needs protective gear like the Japanese had after the Shoko Asahara sarin gas subway terror attack in the 1990s? (WARNING: some strong language at end of the 5 minute video from activist/journalist Kevork Almassian ) - JWS
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned on her Facebook page, Sputnik reported, that:
"As we warned a few days ago, an information propaganda campaign on the ’use of chemical weapons by Damascus’ has started. More clips will appear and they will be different in quality. Low quality, as this one, or of Hollywood level. There will be many fakes, a huge campaign has been prepared."
Zakharova’s post was accompanied by a screenshot from a video being shared on social media allegedly showing a hospital in eastern Ghouta. The speaker in the video claims the people he is filming have been affected by chlorine gas used by the regime. Sputnik’s translation of her FB post was also shared by the Facebook of the Russian Embassy in Washington, with the screenshot and a link to Sputnik.
On June 30, syndicated columnist and former Reagan White House advisor Paul Craig Roberts ran a column, on Seymour Hersh’s story of the apparent division between the President and his military advisors on strategy for Syria, [which] concludes:
"A reasonable conclusion is that Washington’s [Obama’s—ed.] plan to use ISIS to overthrow Syria and then start on Iran was derailed by Russian and Syrian military success against ISIS. The U.S. then tried to partition Syria by occupying part of it, but were out-maneuvered by the Russians and Syrians. This left direct U.S. involvement as the only alternative to defeat. This direct U.S. military involvement began with the U.S. attack on the Syrian military base and was followed by shooting down a Syrian war plane. The next stage will be a U.S.-staged false flag chemical attack or alleged chemical attack, and this false flag, as has already been announced, will be the excuse for larger scale U.S. military action against Syria, which, unless the Russians abandon Syria, means conflict with Russia, Iran, and perhaps China."