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Extensive news compilation by New Cold War.org, April 11, 2017


Report on RT.com, April 11, 2017  (with RT video news reports)

Russian president calls for a thorough investigation by the United Nations into the deaths in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province of Syria on April 4

Russia has information of a potential incident similar to the alleged chemical attack in Idlib province on April 4, 2017, possibly targeting a Damascus suburb, President Vladimir Putin has said. The goal, he adds, is to discredit the government of Syrian President Assad.

Related news: G7 foreign ministers decline UK and U.S. calls for sanctions against Syria or Russia, citing lack of “hard and irrefutable evidence” of what took place in Khan Sheikhoun. Reports: RT.com, April 11, 2017  and The Independent, April 11, 2017

“We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one – and I cannot call it otherwise – are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack,” Vladmir Putin charged at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow.

Vladimir Putin at press briefing with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow on April 11, 2017 (RT screenshot)

Damascus has denied the allegations that it conducted a chemical attack, noting that the targeted area may have been hosting chemical weapons stockpiles belonging to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or Al-Nusra Front jihadists.

The incident has not been properly investigated as yet, but the U.S. fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase early on April 7 in a demonstration of force over what it labeled a chemical attack by Damascus.

“President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the U.S. representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq. The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] on the world stage,” he added.

The April 7 missile attack was the first time the U.S. had targeted Syrian troops deliberately. The White House says it will repeat military action in response to any possible new chemical weapon attacks. “The sight of people being gassed and blown away by barrel bombs ensures that if we see this kind of action again, we hold open the possibility of future action,” Donald Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said on April 10.

Putin reiterated the call to properly investigate what happened in Khan Sheikhoun, saying that the alleged use of chemical weapons demands one. “We are planning to address the corresponding UN structure in The Hague and call on the international community to thoroughly investigate all those reports and take appropriate action based on the results of such a probe,” he said.

A separate report of a potential false flag operation in Syria came from the Russian General Staff, which said militants were transporting toxic agents into several parts of Syria, including Eastern Ghouta, the site of a 2013 chemical weapons incident in August 2013. “These actions are aimed at creating a new pretext for accusing the government of Syria of more chemical weapons attacks and provoking more strikes by the US,” said Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy, the head of Operations.

Related news:
Syrian govt has no chemical weapons, ‘absolutely no need to use it’ – Russian Ministry of Defense, RT.com, April 11, 2017

The gassing game in Syria, by Chandra Muzaffar, CounterPunch, April 11, 2017

… Establishing the truth about the chemical gas episode is far more important than flexing one’s military muscle. To start with, how could the Syrian army have deployed chemical weapons when a UN affiliated body, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed in June 2014 that Syria had complied with a Security Council resolution to destroy its entire stockpile of chemical weapons ?

Besides, it defies logic that the Syrian government that has regained control over almost all the major cities in the country and is clearly winning the war against the militants who are being backed by regional and Western actors should deliberately choose to gas innocent children — an action which it knows would provoke the wrath of the whole world.

A brief survey of gas attacks in Syria in the last five years would convince us that it just does not make sense for the government to consciously plan the 4th April episode. Take the infamous Ghouta sarin gas attack of August 2013. The centres of power in the West and in WANA opposed to Bashar al-Assad through their media channels immediately labelled the Syrian authorities as the culprit and crucified them. But the highly respected American investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, through meticulous analysis revealed that the attack was actually the work of a militant group carried out with the connivance of elements in the Turkish power structure.

The Houla massacre of 25 May 2012 was another example of a gas attack that finger-pointed the Bashar government. A picture of a large number of dead children “ wrapped in white shrouds with a child jumping over one of them “ was offered as proof of Bashar’s brutality. The picture was actually from the war in Iraq in 2003. The photographer himself, Marco Di Lauro, came out in the open to expose the fabrication. In fact according to the German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the massacre was “committed by anti-Assad Sunni militants, and the bulk of the victims were members of the Alawi and Shia minorities, which have been largely supportive of Assad.” …

Assad had the upper hand, so why would he gas his own people?, by Dina Formentini and Chris Ernesto, CounterPunch, April 11, 2017

Tillerson warns Russia on Syria, saying Assad era is ‘coming to an end’, by Gardiner Harris, New York Times, April 11, 2017

Meeting of G7 country foreign ministers in Italy on April 11, 2017. At right is U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Max Rossi, Reuters)

LUCCA, Italy — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad’s reign in Syria was “coming to an end,” and he warned that Russia was at risk of becoming irrelevant in the Middle East by continuing to support him.

His remarks, five days after the United States carried out missile strikes in retaliation for a chemical attack for which Washington and its allies blamed Mr. Assad, illustrated the extent to which the Trump administration has, in just one week, substantially rethought its approach to Syria’s future [sic] …

 


Sean Spicer forgets Holocaust, claims Hitler did not use chemical weapons in WWII

RT.com, April 11, 2017  (with video and extensive social media responses)

The Anne Frank Center has demanded U.S. press secretary Sean Spicer be fired after he claimed Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” in a comment overlooking Nazi Germany’s use of gas chambers during World War II.

In the midst of Genocide Awareness Month, the White House spokesperson appeared to skip over major facts about the Holocaust. Asked during a briefing on Tuesday about the relationship between Russia and Syria, Spicer brought Hitler and his apparent ‘lack’ of chemical weapons use into the equation. “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons. So you have to if you are Russia, ask yourself is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with,” he said.

Spicer then sought to clarify the Hitler remark in a rambling, sometimes incoherent, answer to the press: “I think that when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.

“He [Hitler] brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But what I was saying that in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into the middle of towns.”

The incredible glossing over of Hitler’s systematic murder of six million Jewish people during World War II prompted the Anne Frank Center to demand Spicer’s dismissal. “On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death,” Steven Goldstein, Executive director of the center, said in a statement.

“Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.”

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention month and given the importance of his role in the White House, Spicer is now being roundly chastised for his lack of basic historical knowledge. Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox Quesada even had a go.

Meanwhile other Twitter users suggested that United Airlines and Pepsi must be thankful for Spicer’s own PR disaster.

The White House later released a follow-up statement from Spicer, with the press secretary offering a further explanation for his remarks. “In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers,” Spicer said. “Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”

Related:
Sean Spicer justifies Syria strike by claiming Hitler — who gassed millions — didn’t use chemical weapons, by Alex Emmons, The Intercept, April 11, 2017

Note by new Cold War.org:
Did mainstream media present at the news conference in Washington ‘forget’ to remind Sean Spicer of how the United States saturated and poisoned the countries and peoples of Korea and Vietnam with chemical weapons during the U.S. wars in those two countries in the 1950s and 1960s-70s, respectively?

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