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By Pete Moore On May 19th, 2019

“A huge international news story broke last week, but I doubt you will hear about it anywhere else. It seems very likely that the decision we, France and the USA made in April 2018 to bomb Syria was based on a mistake as big as the fictional weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2003.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body which examines alleged incidents of the use of poison gas, has just confirmed to me that a devastating leaked document from its Dutch HQ is genuine.

The document, written by one of the OPCW’s most experienced investigators, shows that it is highly unlikely that gas canisters found at the scene of an alleged poison gas attack in Douma, Syria were actually dropped from helicopters – as has been widely believed and claimed. The claim is crucial to the case for bombing Syria.”

That’s Peter Hitchens in today’s Mail. The report is here. If the report is genuine then those attacks on Syria were launched on lies. The media – which was all over the chlorine attacks, the allegations that Assad’s regime was responsible and that force must be used against it – appears to have entirely missed this rather important development.


  1. Hitchens should be more concerned about the next war in the Middle East than the last one. Bolton and Pompeo are gagging for the USA to attack Iran and if they get their way the Syrian war will soon be forgotten.

    “The US is now engaged in three major confrontations around the world that have the potential to degrade into war. And in the driving seat on all three fronts is John Bolton, one of the most fervent believers in American military power ever to work in the White House…

    Bolton is reported to have convened a deeply unusual meeting on Iran on 29 April, not in the White House, but at CIA headquarters. It was an echo of the buildup to the Iraq war, when Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s vice-president, did the same thing.

    It now appears likely that Iranian military preparations that the intelligence appeared to suggest, may have been contingencies in anticipation of a US attack – not an unrealistic expectation in view of Bolton’s record. In 2015, he savaged Obama’s diplomatic efforts and penned a now infamous commentary titled To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran…”


  2. Three confrontations that may lead to war?

    Iran yes, NK yes, what’s the third?

    I don’t buy that we’re on the path to war with either Russia or China.

    And I don’t see that Bolton is in the drivers seat as respects North Korea policy. The president has been hands on and if anything has been too conciliatory

  3. what’s the third?

    Venezuela, it’s in the linked comment piece, as is the liklehood that Bolton engineered the breakdown of the NK talks. War has always been Bolton’s go-to solution, but Pompeo is just as big a hawk, and they are running US foreign policy in the absence of Trump.

  4. I don’t know how I’d handle Venezuela very much differently

    That regime as aided by Cuba has created unspeakable suffering in a nation that recently was rich, that should be rich today

    I don’t support military action but I think that the sharp actions ( ie stopping air service to the US, sanctions ) is probably good policy.