The problem with believing the Trump administration’s “reasons” for the “super bomb” strike in Afghanistan is that only a week ago, he bombed Syria on the basis of obvious lies, and observers can well ask if anything Trump says can be taken at face value.
For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense has announced that the U.S. “has no convincing evidence that the Syrian government was behind the alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib” which was the reason given for the U.S. attack on Syria.
“If the U.S. intelligence services choose to keep their alleged evidence of crimes against humanity secret, there can only be one possible explanation — they simply have no irrefutable evidence,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.
“In line with a long-standing tradition, the Pentagon always mentions some ‘irrefutable’ evidence of atrocities in an attempt to justify every U.S. violation of international law and, particularly, U.S. military aggression against sovereign states. And the more contrived this pseudo-evidence is, the more secretive it is,” he added.
Russia has demanded that the U.S. produce the evidence with which it allegedly established that chemical weapons were, indeed, flown out of an airfield in Homs province and used by the Syrian military.
A detailed reading of the Trump White House’s official “Background Press Briefing on Syria,” shows that they had no evidence whatsoever that the Syrian government had carried out a “chemical weapon” attack—and that it was all based on conjecture.
Despite the lack of evidence, the Jewish lobby and its controlled media leaped into action to blame the Syrian government, despite the many gaping holes in their—and the White House’s—account.
For example, one of the most widely-used pictures after the “chemical attack” showed members of the blatantly partisan “White Helmets” without gloves and sufficient safety gear handling corpses.
This is highly significant, as anyone with an understanding of the nature of sarin gas will know.
Within seconds of exposure to sarin, the chemical targets the muscle and nervous system. There is an almost immediate release of the bowels and the bladder, and vomiting is induced.
When sarin is used in a concentrated area, it has the potential of killing thousands of people. Yet, in the midst of such a dangerous gas—literally minutes after the supposed attack took place—the White Helmets were handling the bodies with no concern about exposure to their naked skin.
This fact by itself shows that there was no sarin exposure at the scene—something that the Trump White House, for all its “intelligence,” has just ignored.
Then it transpired that the media’s major “source” for “medical evidence” of the “sarin attack” was one Dr. Shajul Islam on Twitter.
This very same Dr. Islam was arrested in 2012 after returning to Britain from Syria, and charged with “false imprisonment” and of being a jihadist with international connections—in other words, of being affiliated with ISIS.
The main charge against him was related to the kidnapping of British journalist John Cantlie and a Dutch journalist, Jeroen Oerlemans.
The case against Dr. Islam collapsed after two vital witnesses refused to testify. He was however struck off the medical register, and returned to Syria once again.
Professor Postol—who was the first to prove that the 2013 sarin attack in Syria, also falsely blamed on the Assad government, had in fact been carried out by U.S.-supported rebels—said in his new analysis that the White House report “contains absolutely no evidence that this attack was the result of a munition being dropped from an aircraft.”
“Any competent analyst would have had questions about whether the debris in the crater was staged or real,” he wrote. “No competent analyst would miss the fact that the alleged sarin canister was forcefully crushed from above, rather than exploded by a munition within it.”
Instead, “the most plausible conclusion is that the sarin was dispensed by an improvised dispersal device made from a 122mm section of rocket tube filled with sarin and capped on both sides.”
“We again have a situation where the White House has issued an obviously false, misleading and amateurish intelligence report,” he said.
“What the country is now being told by the White House cannot be true,” Postol concluded, “and the fact that this information has been provided in this format raises the most serious questions about the handling of our national security.”
This then, is why the “reasons” given for the “super bomb” attack on Afghanistan are open to question: because the Trump administration has lied blatantly already to justify extreme military action.