Seventeen witnesses, including on duty doctors and patients who offer testimony contradicting western claims of a chemical attack in Douma, are simply part of an “obscene masquerade.” Apparently.
Which begs the question of what it would take for western officials/governments, or for western corporate/mainstream/liberal media to pause and reflect on…well, on themselves.
Of course, we must remember, as the Guardian points out (above link), that these are only “supposed” witnesses (in spite of one of them being centre frame in the video that was used to allege the use of chemical weapons). And we must also remember (and no, we need no evidence or supporting argument for this) that “their ability to speak truthfully is limited”. And so we can dismiss them and their words.
That’s why we get the likes of this first question following a press briefing in The Hague at which doctors and civilians from Douma had spoken. At 2 hours, 36 minutes and 55 seconds in the linked video *an ITV journalist pipes up…and this is the very first question mind.
How threatened do you have to feel to change your story and deny a chemical weapons attack? And a question for you Ambassador, How low do you have to go to bring a little child all the way here and threaten them?
I’ll leave you to unpack that for yourself in whatever way you see fit.
Here’s a wee thing about truth. No matter how repressive an environment may be, when the truth isn’t something that would damage those controlling that environment, then coercion melts away.
But we’ve not to let that last thought enter our mind. The truth has been spoken and nothing will be getting in its way. Anyone questioning that is a stooge. Everyone sharing an experience that’s at variance with that is speaking under duress.
We only need listen to those groups and organisations our governments have supported as part of their efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Their word is beyond doubt and any evidence they present is beyond question. And we ought to recall that our governments have only ever lied to us all in the past because they are fallible and so can fall fall foul of genuine mistakes or oversights.
This is more or less what’s being presented to us as the path to truth these days.
The way I see it, there is indeed a obscene masquerade going on, and on that front, The Guardian is broadly correct.
* Watch the linked video and judge for yourself whether the doctors and others at the press conference are speaking under duress. It begins at about 1 hour and 10 min. The people from Douma speak from about 1 hour and 55 min.