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US Media Fudge Rebels' Douma Surrender Date to Imply Alleged Assad Chemical Attack Turned Tide

Shifting timeline to oonfirm US propaganda

But three weeks later, AP was reporting that the same rebel militants “gave up the town days after the alleged attack.” As the article by AP reporter Philip Issa states, “Thousands of people — rebels and civilians — left Douma on buses to north Syria in the days after the suspected attack, believing they could not live under government authority after it retook the town.”

So what’s the story, AP? Were rebel fighters already giving up on April 1 and already starting to leave Douma under a “safe passage” agreement with the Syrian government, well before the alleged attack on that suburb or did they only start leaving after the alleged chemical bombing?

It’s hard to know based upon the reporting by the leading American wire service, used by hundreds of news organizations foreign and domestic to provide their international coverage, though one would think any honest report on departures after the alleged attack would have mentioned that the evacuation effort, organized with Russian help and clearly indicating that the rebels had given up Douma and had already begun days before the time of the alleged Assad chemical attack.

It remains to be seen what the OPCW investigators will find if anything (they are charged with llooking for evidence of banned chemical weapons, but are not expected to determine, if such evidence is found, who might have been responsible for their use). There is some question as to whether OPCW investigators will find anything definitive, given that they didn’t arrive on the scene of the alleged chemical bombing attack until 12 days after it is said to have happened. That delay was caused primarily by the surprise US cruise missile attack on April 13, which came a day before OPCW inspectors were scheduled to conduct their inspection. Also cited as a reason for the delays are concerns about security and investigators’ safety at the scene in Douma, though typically in mentioning the delay, US media tend to ignore the role of the US missile attack, and to mention only security concerns.



story | by Dr. Radut