What just happened in Syria?

The day before an important peace talk, titled “Syria – Six Years On: From Destruction to Reconstruction,” which was dismissed as a “pro-Assad” event, something happened. Just when things were going well for Assad, stability was shattered when he was blamed for a chemical attack that allegedly killed about 70 people.

As if the US and their mainstream media knew this was going to happen, the Trump Administration was quick to unleash about 60 Tomahawk missiles on Syria, one of the most bold acts of aggression ever used against Assad’s regime.

Does it make strategic sense for Assad to randomly kill his own people in an obscene way the day before an important peace talk? Like the last chemical attack he was blamed for, it doesn’t make sense. It would make sense if this was a false flag to justify aggression against Syria, to state the obvious.

What makes even less sense is the selective empathy and even deeper apathy of average Americans, and many people in the West. Not everyone is apathetic though: many people are very vocally calling bullshit on Assad being behind this.

But both the apathetic and those who try to understand what’s going on truly can’t fathom the horror of war without seeing it in person. Without personally bearing witness to drone strikes and attacks on civilians, it can’t be understood to much depth.

This is why people are having selective empathy: about 200 innocent civilians were murdered in Mosul, Iraq by the US government just a few weeks ago.

Most people in the US said nothing, because the mainstream media said nothing. The US is still waging a war on civilians in Yemen, killing whoever they want, whenever they want.

But it doesn’t seem like people are falling for the propaganda in support of war with Syria. There seem to be people who really understand what is going on in detail, and people who have eaten everything the mainstream fed them and know nothing. People don’t seem as polarized and divided as they could be yet, but the contrast in people’s opinions seems intense.

People such as Ron Paul have suggested this was a false flag. It obviously looks like one.

ISIS certainly benefits from this. The ISIS that Hillary Clinton personally said is funded by US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as WikiLeaks proved beyond any doubt, and Julian Assange boldly described last year.

Headlines can be found such as:

Report: ISIS Responds to Trump Syria Attack With Assault

ISIS, Al-Qaeda Praise Trump’s Attack

US attack in Syria settles nothing, will strengthen ISIS

A few people who pay attention had this to say about it:

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An article by geopolitics author Brandon Turbeville summarizes the situation well: Brandon is one person who has personally been to Lebanon and befriended people who have to suffer through this.

“According to a flurry of reports, an incident occurred on April 4, 2017 in Idlib, Syria in the village of Khan Sheikhoun, where it has been reported that chemical weapons were used or detonated resulting in the death of at least 58 people including 11 children. And that is all we know about the incident. We do not know it was an attack. We do not know it was an accident. We only know that whatever happened has been turned into an international incident aimed at demonizing the Assad government and testing Russia in Syria yet again.

For its part, the Syrian government has categorically denied launching chemical weapons against civilians or terrorists in Idlib. Russia has reaffirmed that the Syrian military is innocent of the charges brought by the West with a military source telling al-Masdar News that the army “has not and does not use them, not in the past and not in the future, because it does not have them in the first place.”

But to listen to the Western corporate press, one would be excused in believing that there was overwhelming and damning evidence to the contrary as both the press and Western governments continue to hurl accusations at the Syrian government. Indeed, some outlets have even gone so far to blame Russia for dropping chemical-laced missiles into Idlib, an impossibility since Russia was not conducting any airstrikes over Idlib at the time.”

“Second, terrorists in Syria have, for years, had the ability to manufacture, produce, and use chemical weapons. Back in December of 2012, after the death squads managed to capture a chlorine factory inside Syria, the Syrian government actually issued a warning that the death squads might attempt to use chemical weapons of this nature in their battle to overthrow and oppress the government and people of Syria respectively. The Syrian Foreign Ministry stated, “Terrorist groups may resort to using chemical weapons against the Syrian people … after having gained control of a toxic chlorine factory.””

Brandon’s next article about the US’ attack on Syria reads:

“Shortly after the chemical weapons incident in Syria, Donald Trump paraded himself in front of the world posing as emotionally distraught over the deaths of “beautiful babies” in Syria as a result of what he claimed was a Syrian government chemical attack. Of course, while no one knows definitively who was responsible for the attack, it is clear that the Syrian government was not the responsible party. At best, a weapons depot was bombed that was housing chemical weapons belonging to Western-backed terrorists.

Only a number of hours after feigning concern over gassed children, Trump ordered Tomahawk missile strikes against Syrian military bases in Syria, under the guise of protecting civilians.

To this, I would add “God help America.” What the United States has done is to come to the rescue of terrorists, al-Qaeda, ISIS and, of course, forwarded its own agenda of imperialism in the process.

We now await the Russian response and the consequences that will possibly have dire ramifications for the rest of the world.”

In a statement to the Mind Unleashed, Brandon Turbeville personally had this to say:

I think most Americans are completely out of it. They have been so totally distracted and entertained, and allowed themselves to be so, that they are simply out to lunch.

So what’s the opinion of the average American on the missile strikes? They don’t have one. Because the average American couldn’t find Syria on a map. They don’t know who Trump bombed. They don’t know why. They don’t know anything. To them, Syrians are just a number that is reported along with the sports and entertainment news.

They think all Syrians are the same as the bearded lunatics the U.S. has been funding to overthrow their country. This is one reason Americans can’t empathize with Syrians. Because they don’t know anything about them. They don’t see them as people.

I’m convinced, if Americans were able to travel to Syria to meet the people there, they would come away with a different point of view; most of them anyway. But as it is, people in the West – not just America – have been inoculated against their own humanity as a result of the constant propaganda they are subjected to on a daily basis.

As for the chemical attack, I can say that Russia had nothing to do with it. It’s possible that the Syrian Air Force bombed a facility which was being used as a weapons depot by Western-backed terrorists that also contained chemical weapons and which were detonated and released as a result of the explosion. There was an SAA airstrike in the same general area at around the same time.

But I’m not fully convinced the gas attack actually happened either. Look at the sources – Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, White Helmets, and other terrorists.

The White Helmets produced the video from the incident and they have been known, time and time again, to stage tragedies and events to blame on the Syrian government.

One can easily find documented evidence of their treachery, not just in my articles or in Vanessa Beeley’s but all across the internet. So I simply don’t believe a single word out of their mouth or a single reel of footage from their cameras.

If you’re a more visual person, here are a few recent videos from James Corbett on the situation in Syria. The Corbett Report and Newsbud are two YouTube channels I’d highly recommend on issues like this, and Brandon Turbeville’s regular articles at Activist Post are very insightful.

(in chronological order, most recent video is second)

Please share this with as many people as possible. It can be exhausting to constantly, year after year oppose war with Syria, but imagine how much worse it is for the people actually having their lives ripped apart.

We just can’t comprehend how bad it is if we don’t see it with our own eyes. People who haven’t seen drone strikes, seen innocent men, women and children be ripped apart for no reason, just can’t fathom how evil it is. I certainly can’t fathom it, but we can try.

Image credit: WP Featured image: Cruise missiles launched on April 6 targeting Syria. ABC