Gassing the Children

Mainstream news sources are telling us that Bashar al-Assad recently decided to kill children with sarin gas. I can’t imagine anyone stupid enough to think that Assad or one of his generals said, “Now that we’re winning the war, let’s gas some children,” and so they did.

What isn’t being reported is any information that would put anything about this situation in context. Syria is still engaged in a civil war. The area where people died from exposure to chemical weapons is enemy territory.

In a worst-case scenario, gas was used to attack the al-Nusra forces in Khan Shaykhun, and the children were collateral damage. But even that doesn’t make sense. After taking control of Aleppo, what reason would Assad have to use gas against the rebels in Khan Shaykhun?

The only thing that does make sense is exactly what Russia and Syria are saying. Yes, they bombed their enemies in that area, but they hit a chemical weapons stockpile they didn’t know was there, and that shouldn’t have been there. The collateral damage from the attack on an enemy stronghold was far worse than they had reason to expect. But no matter what happened, they certainly did not set out to simply “attack children” as the U.S. news media would apparently have you believe.

After the gas attack in Ghouta in 2013, which the Syrian government also said they didn’t do, and would never do, they agreed to turn over all chemical weapons in their possession. But what about those not in their possession because they were in enemy-controlled areas?

In 2013, Russia said the Ghouta (and other) gas attacks were a false flag operation by anti-Assad forces designed to get outside countries involved in the conflict. But no one could prove that Assad was behind the attacks then, and Obama took no action.

Look what’s happening now. We have “evidence” that planes took off from the Shayrat Airbase and dropped bombs on Khan Shaykhun. That’s it. And that doesn’t prove that those planes dropped gas, while it does fit the claim of Syria that they unknowingly bombed a chemical stockpile. So far, we can only speculate and guess at what actually happened. When speculating, we should strive for a theory that actually makes sense.

There’s a ridiculous propaganda line being repeated endlessly: “Assad attacked and killed his own people.” Out of any context whatsoever, this says absolutely nothing sensible. The exact same thing could be said of Abraham Lincoln. It makes as much as sense as saying that Trump is Hitler. It’s an outrageous claim, with zero evidence, designed to evoke a visceral emotional reaction. And it’s working. Incidentally, the same people who hate Trump and give voice to the Hitlerian accusations are leading the cheer that Assad gassed children.

Now that Trump attacked the Shayrat Airbase, pissing off the Russians, how does that fit with the narrative that Russia installed Trump has president and everything he does is for the benefit of the Russians? Will the most extreme anti-Trump crowd now claim that Putin, Assad, and Trump planned this entire scenario to just to prove he’s not really Putin’s puppet? The Trump-Russia narrative doesn’t work anymore without a theory like this. And if someone does propose this theory, that would mean that Trump was equally guilty of gassing the children. And if Trump is Hitler™ he’d have no problem with that. Right?

Will the craziest of the anti-Trumpers go that far to keep the narrative alive and working? Would Trump and Putin go so far as to have a naval stand-off, which appears to be happening now as Russia sends a warship to confront our ships that were used to attack Shayrat Airbase?

Consider this: Hillary was in favor of military action in Syria. She and others wanted to go against Russia, creating a no-fly zone that would involve shooting down Russian fighter jets that crossed into Syrian airspace. Now that Trump has taken military action in Syria, many of Trumps former critics are praising him.

(Conspiracy theorists should take note that this gas attack has wiped Susan Rice and her guilt/lies about Trump surveillance from the news. Remember Monica Lewinsky and Clinton bombing Iraq when evidence came out that he was lying? Makes a person wonder.)

We can theorize anything, but what we need are facts. Images of children foaming at the mouth and dying are powerful and evocative, but we need to know not just that they died, but how, and by whose hand. Unfortunately, everyone is talking, but no one is looking for facts or anything that makes sense. CNN tells us that witnesses saw “chemical bombs dropped from the air.” Could the average Syrian citizen actually identify the exact type of bomb that is falling from a plane? Could you?

Trump’s supporters are upset with his actions, and his critics are pleased. That alone gives me reason to question what we’re being told. We have no interests in Syria, and no reason to go to war with Russia or anyone else over Syria. I liked Trump’s position that we should work with Russia to eradicate ISIS in the area, and provide safe havens for refugees. And that’s it. Trump’s opposition wanted us to be more militarily involved in Syria, and militarily at odds with Russia. That’s what is happening now.

If you’ve noticed a lot of fake news, outright lies, and propaganda from the mainstream news outlets, you shouldn’t suddenly assume that everything those same discredited sources are telling you now. The same pundits who normally shriek, “Where’s the evidence?” for anything Trump claims, from the size of inauguration crowds to being illegally wiretapped, are now quite content to praise actions that could lead to us being at war with Russia, without any evidence.

2 thoughts on “Gassing the Children”

  1. Ed – I am among those who dislike Trump, more to the point I dislike (falling just a tad short of hatred) the Alt-right oligarchs he’s put into position of power in the cabinet, as heads of federal agencies and advisors. I am NOT cheering the gassing of Syrian children.

    Otherwise, I agree with your article. It’s near impossible to determine truth from fiction, fake news from real news and whose handshake is making deals with whom behind closed doors. I’ve reached a point where all of this is sailing over my head and I’m ignoring it. Instead, I’m closely watching what the banks are doing and what Congress is doing because these acts are what will affect most Americans for a long time to come.

  2. Thanks the comments, Lex.

    I probably wasn’t as clear as I could have been. I wasn’t saying that anyone was cheering the gassing of children. I was referring to mainstream news media constantly repeating that Assad was gassing the children, and “killing his own people.”

    I think they kept saying those things over and over as a way of possibly trying to make Trump look bad, assuming he’d do nothing about the “gas attack” since he’d stated during his campaign that we should stay out of Syria, except for providing safe places for refugees.

    See what I mean now? They were providing a narrative for events in Syria, altering and distorting the story, because they “knew” Trump’s position. And then when he hit the airbase, all they could do was say it was great that he did that, since they were the ones who made it so necessary to do something. It’s almost funny. They hate Trump, but when they screamed that Assad was a monster, then they had to appreciate that Trump went and smacked him.

    All of that was bad journalism, as it has been since Trump announced he was running.

    And when I wrote, “those who gave voice to the Hitlerian accusations,” that was a reference to mainstream news media talking heads who constantly had guests on making the wildest accusations against Trump, of which, I never saw a single one countered. No one ever said, “In what way is he like Hitler to you?” Their guests were free to come on nightly and just keep saying he is a racist, a homophobe, etc., etc., despite all evidence to the contrary.

    Megyn Kelly had a guest who organized a Trump protest because of Trump’s “racism.” She asked him why he thought and he replied, “Because he said he wants to make America white again.” She told him, Trump had never said such a thing. That was the only time she questioned that type of nonsense. Maddow wouldn’t even think of asking that question.

    I’ve lost a lot of faith in people and journalists, and news show hosts.

    You’re right that it’s nearly impossible to know what’s really going on. We may not be able to immediately know the truth, but we can surely spot the lies and disinformation when we see it. And that’s why I was compelled to write this piece. I couldn’t stand hearing that Assad was gassing the children, as if they were his target. I agree with Putin who said (according to the translation I watched) that such allegations were “a crock of shit.”

    If I watched the banks, I’m afraid I wouldn’t understand what they’re doing. My son has an interesting view. He said to remember to ask, “Who benefits?” But the middle east is at least as complicated as banking when it comes to determining that. And for now, I’m less concerned about the show in Syria as I am about what’s coming up in N. Korea.

    The entire time Kim Jong Un has been in charge, he’s threatened to counter-attack us, while we essentially acted like he didn’t exist, making him sound like a lunatic. Now that we might be heading over to knock out his nuclear capabilities, I wonder, what will he do now, when the threat he’s forever imagined is apparently real.

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