On Sputnik the other day to address the latest from a BBC producer on Douma.
“On April 14th 2018, Britain, France and the US launched missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for what they had said was a chemical attack staged by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on the Syrian town of Douma. Reports at the time had alleged that up to 500 people had attended hospital on 7th April with ‘signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals’.
The main evidence cited was video footage of a hospital which claimed to show victims of a sarin or chlorine gas attack. Together with photographs of supposed gas cylinders, this visual evidence was held up by the international community as irrefutable proof that the Syrian government had been responsible for gassing its own people. Despite skepticism from various experts on the genuine nature of the footage, calls from the Russian government to treat the evidence with caution and the fact that the OPCW found no concrete evidence of a chemical weapons’ attack at the Douma site, western leaders and media continued to push the narrative that the Syrian leader was indeed to blame.
Now a BBC Syria producer, Riam Dalati, has revealed on Twitter that he believes the footage of people being treated after the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma was staged.
Sputnik spoke to journalist Eva Bartlett, for her take on this admission by a BBC journalist.”
As I mentioned at the beginning of this clip, when in Syria as a journalist it usually takes 3 or so days to acquire the necessary permissions to go to areas outside Damascus (or rather, areas outside of Damascus where there is a risk due to presence of terrorists, terrorists bombings, or their landmines).
During this time, instead of loitering I try to interview average Syrian civilians, sometimes artisans, and otherwise love walking alone in the meandering back lanes, absorbing the atmosphere–whether daytime or evening.
People ask me about safety: I feel completely safe walking alone in these lanes. In contrast from my first visit in 2014 to the liberation of eastern Ghouta in 2018, I did not feel safe, nor did Syrian civilians, because at any moment a terrorist-fired mortar might strike, as they did incessantly over the years.
“What happened in Syria is actually saving the rest of the world. The Syrian government, and the Syrian army, and the Syrian people resisting. For the first time since Vietnam, a supposed 3rd world country withstands an Imperial invasion. This is a huge thing for, not only for the Syrian people but for the whole world.
Venezeula hopefully will also teach a lesson to the Imperialists.”
This is a fascinating interview with Beirut-based political analyst/media producer Laith Marouf, which I conducted a few days ago while passing through Beirut before returning to Syria.
He provides historical, cultural and political context to a number of issues, from Syria to ethnic cleansings, to the brutal rule of colonial powers around the world, to the current Saudi and alliance’s war on Yemen.