Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 21, 2019

The Douma Gas Attack: What’s the Evidence It was a False Flag?

Filed under: Counterpunch,Syria — louisproyect @ 3:26 pm

COUNTERPUNCH, JUNE 21, 2019

On April 7, 2018, a chlorine chemical attack reportedly left 43 people dead in Douma, a city of over 100,000 people in the Ghouta region to the east of Damascus. I use the word reportedly since Assad and Putin both denied a day later that anybody had died. Propaganda networks for the two leaders called the grizzly video evidence for such an attack as a carefully staged performance akin to how some conspiracy theorists describe the Apollo moon landing. Among the outlets arguing for a “false flag” incident was One America News Network, an ardently pro-Trump cable news station that was granted a permanent seat in the White House’s news briefing room and whose White House Correspondent, Trey Yingst, was one of the top five most called upon reporters covering the Trump Administration. Not to be outdone, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson opined: “All the geniuses tell us that Assad killed those children, but do they really know that? Of course they don’t really know that. They’re making it up. They have no real idea what happened.”

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  1. grisly

    Comment by davidbyrnemcdonaldiii — June 21, 2019 @ 3:37 pm

  2. The United States will probably continue its false flag attacks in the Persian Gulf. That is really what is relevent at this point. If I could speak to the Iranian leaders I would say, as long as you are going to get blamed for these attacks anyways you may as well actually start attacking some US targets. There is no point in even talking to US leaders. I can say that with some level of expertise as I am a trained sociologist and a lay psychologist. It makes no sense to try to carry on a serious conversation with people who are delusional.
    Furthermore I can say with a high level of confidence that the US decided that it was going to attack Iran before 2016. I can say this because in 2016 a 2 star US General who was about to become a 3 star General and take command of Space Command or Strategic Forces or something along those lines, I forget exactly now 3 years latter, committed suicide shortly before taking command. The official reason for his committing suicide is that he had doubts about his ability to do his job. Well when you consider that a command usually lasts 3 or 4 years to my knowledge anyways, that makes perfect sense. He had been filled in that he had to have his command ready to wage a war of agression against Iran by 2019. He realized then that the negotiatins with Iran were just a sham. This officer decided that if he were to do his job there would not really be any difference between him and General Guderian, or even General Tanz, for that matter. What is shocking to me is that it took him so damned long to figure that out. He must have been in some ways a complete idiot.
    Then we can not forget the more recent “suicide” of US 3 star Admiral Stearney A “suicide”which has recieved very little coverage. Admiral Stearney was in charge of the US fleet which is responsible for the water around Iran. There is certianly more to that story than meets the eye. That is additional evidence that the US has already decided that it is going to war with Iran one way or another. I had hoped that his death might have changed the course of history. My hopes were misplaced.
    Now we have this completely phoney story about Trump ordering and attack on Iran and then cancelling his order at the last moment. This story is complete hogwash. It is just a psychological warfare ploy that was decided upon long before today.
    If I could speak directly to the Iranian leaders I would say, once the US attack begins in ernest throw everything you have at the Saudi oil field and the oil fields of the U.A. E. and maybe Kuwait too. Although that gets pretty close to home. The US will certianly respond by attacking Iranian oil fields. So much the better. If you can shut down oil production in the region you will cause quite a economic mess. If you can cause an environmental catasrophe you will have created a problem with global implications. Most governments in the world are not doing a damned thing to dissuade the USA from its aggressive course. These governments deserve to feel the heat of a quickly warming climate.
    The fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not a socialist republic does not mean that other countries should be allowed to attack based upon false alligations. The fact that Iran helped prop up Assad does not give the USA or Israel or Saudi Arabia a justification for attacking Iranian targets. Iran had just as much right to back the side of its choosing in Syria as the USA did and as Turkey has done.
    The leaders of the USA are psychologically warped even worse than than the Nazis. They have created a counterfit America. Those in the military are not true Americans. They are confederate americans. Confederate is another word for counterfit. I can say that with a high level of expertise.
    The Iranian people are going to suffer. Even if Khameni and his entire cabinett were to resign and flee to Russian or China the Iranian people would still suffer at the hands of American leaders. It just would not get reported anymore.
    The only thing that the Iranian people can hope for is to draw some blood before they are butchered. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The leaders of the USA have achieved full spectrum dominance. All of humanity is now hanging upside down on hooks which take the sheeple behind a curtian from which they never return. Those further back in the line will not move because then they will get taken to the front of the line, if they can even see past the symphony designed to ease their fears of the future.
    There is little that those of us who know can do to assist those of you in Iran who are now the targets of the beast. Because of the full spectrum dominance of the US military industrial complex we can not move to the right or the left with out our minders knowing about it before we even do it. Iran and Venezuela are the new Warsaw ghettos. The rest of us are in a kind of Theresienstadt.
    But if you can disrupt the region and show that the leaders of the USA are not infalible something might start somewhere else, in the same way that the Afghan resistence to the communist rulers gave hope to the solidarity movement in Poland. I now wish things did not happen the way that they did in the past. But perhaps the resistence of the Iranian people will have consequences that are unexpected for everyone. Because the leadership of the USA fucked around we are all going to be dead in a few decades anyways. Your (the Iranian people) chances of susccess are very very slim. But your chances for success are now the only chances for success that the world has. There are no credible forces of the left that are going to come to your rescue. In fact many on the left would condemn any leftist who would try lifting a finger to prevent the leaders of the USA from having their way with you. I am not one of them. My thoughts are with you.

    Comment by Curt Kastens — June 21, 2019 @ 7:17 pm

  3. The Iranian people nor the Iranian leaders should forget that 1964 the USA went in to Vietnam in a big way based upon a phony report about an an attack on US Warships by Vietnamese boats. The US should not forget that Israel launched a sneak attack on its Arab nieghbors falsely claiming that the Egyptians were on the verge of attacking them first. It should not be forgotten that Iraq was invaded and destroyed based upon lies. It would be very easy for the US to launch a sneak attack on Iran and then have the US government say “we had credible intellegence that Iran was about to launch an attack upon Israel and or Saudi Arabia. It possible that only 2/3rds of Americans would believe such non sense that that only 1/3 of the people in the rest of the world would believe such non sense. But what those people think does not matter one bit. It only matters that people in the US and NATO militaries have been trained to follow orders. OK they publically claim that the soldiers have been trained to follow only legal orders. But the soldiers have been left completely untrained or mistrained in how to tell the difference. Furthermore public opinions are not going to help Iran defend itself. The only defence that Iran has is well aimed projectiles. Those can be destroyed by “preemptive” attacks.
    In my first days of military training my instructor said, “What can be seen can be hit. What can be hit can be killed. Therefore the side that fires first has a much better chance to be able to issue an after action report after the engagement.
    The US reasons for causing this climate of hostility with Iran have never been sincere. If a competely idiotic cause for targeting Iran with hositility is publically given people should wonder what the real reason behind such hostility is. With the US presenting such a false face to the world there is no reason to even sit in the same resturant with the leaders of the USA.
    Because of its long history of not operating in good faith people should only assume the worst about the intentions of the US government. From a tactical perspective it is very unwise to allow a war to begin at the time of the choosing of the USA.
    Therefore I am issuing a Scenic Path Buddhist Fatwa that not only allows but encourages Iran to try to destroy the oil fields of Saudi Arabia and of the UAE as the earlies possible moment.
    Once the US gets wind of such preperations it will attack as fast and as hard as it can. Therefore nothing should be held back in the initial attacks. Yes the world press, controlled by America is going to brand Iran as the aggressor. Mexico was branded the aggressor in its war with America because it fired the first shot. Of course the Americans downplay the fact that US forces were deep inside Mexican territory before the Mexicans fired that shot. There is nothing that Iran can do to prevent the US from slandering its repuation. Iran will loose the war.
    There is perhaps a 2% chance, if everythng goes well that Iran could cause the USA to loose the war as well. Iran is going to have to create a massive international shit storm to succeed with that 2% chance.

    Comment by Curt Kastens — June 23, 2019 @ 5:01 pm

  4. Please don’t post comments that have nothing to do with the post. I’ve mentioned this to you in the past.

    Comment by louisproyect — June 23, 2019 @ 5:20 pm


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