Macron says France has proof of Syrian chemical attack

Syria and Russia have denied accusations there was a chemical attack on the town of Douma, but President Macron of France claims to have proof that chemical weapons were used.

BBC – Syria ‘chemical attack’: France’s President Macron ‘has proof’

France’s President Emmanuel Macron says he has “proof” that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend.

He said he would decide “in due course” whether to respond with air strikes.

Urine and blood samples from victims of the attack have tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent, media reports quote US officials as saying.

Western states are thought to be preparing for missile strikes. Russia strongly opposes such action.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against “any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions”.

President Donald Trump keeps making steps that could easily lead to escalation. He tweeted on Wednesday that missiles were “coming:

But has since sent a more confusing tweet.

Trump seems obsessed with wanting recognition for being great and for thanks for what he claims to have done.

The guy acts like a moron – and given the stakes in the international games of words he plays, a dangerous moron.

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8 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  April 13, 2018

    “Could be very soon or not so soon”

    Or not at all.

    No need to give veiled threats if you have the smart stick you claim to have.

  2. JohnSelway

     /  April 13, 2018

    He doesn’t act like a moron, he is a fucking moron

  3. Gezza

     /  April 13, 2018

    I’ll repeat what I posted in today’s World Watch

    “More on Eastern Ghouta

    Jayesh Al Islam the Al Qaeda-linked last rebel group has been pushed out of Douma. Assad has won, which has been inevitable.

    Very good (3.08 minute) video summary of the battle for Eastern Ghouta. Assad’s forces have had no reason whatsoever to use cholorine gas to win this battle, and after having had the US military play with their tomahawks once already over the regime’s previous reported use of sarin gas, I cannot see him being foolish enough to provoke another attack for no sane or necessary reason.

    I am highly suspicious about – if chlorine has definitely been used, and it appears it may have been – exactly WHO has used it. Assad has nothing to gain & everything to lose from America’s easily-suckered Ego-in-Chief authorising another attack.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/rebel-fighters-pushed-syrias-douma-180412120126406.html

    • Gezza

       /  April 13, 2018

      And Macron, imo, wouldn’t know shit from clay if he’s being set up by Islamic fundamentalists, Israel, and/or the Saudis.

  4. NOEL

     /  April 13, 2018

    Bad research or another event?

    April 12 Reuters quoted
    “We have proof that last week, now 10 days ago, that chemical weapons were used, at least with chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of (President) Bashar al-Assad,” Macron said, without giving details on the evidence or how it was acquired”.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-france/france-has-proof-syrian-government-conducted-chemical-weapons-attack-macron-idUSKBN1HJ1M5

  5. NOEL

     /  April 13, 2018

    Sorry for context.
    Claimed attack was on Sunday 8th April

  6. NOEL

     /  April 13, 2018

    Oops take that back attack was 4th.

  7. “Urine and blood samples from victims of the attack have tested positive for chlorine and a nerve agent, media reports quote US officials as saying.” – BBC

    That statement raises obvious questions;

    1. What “US officials” are claiming that urine and blood samples were taken?

    2. How were those samples obtained? Who obtained them? Where were they tested? Considering that the OPCW hasn’t had a chance to enter Douma to take samples for testing, it beggars belief any other credible agency has had the opportunity to do so.

    3. The BBC report is dated 12 April. The alleged “gas attack” took place around 7 April. How were those alleged samples acquired in a war zone and (presumably) shipped out of Syria to be tested?

    On April 14, the French government made no mention of “Urine and blood samples from victims of the attack” and instead their evidence was more questionable;

    “A report by France concludes the Assad regime was clearly behind the April 7 chemical attack on civilians in the Douma suburb of Damascus, the first detailed governmental assessment laying out the justification for the U.S.-led allied strikes on Syria.

    […]

    The report, based on technical analyses of witness accounts, photos and videos that appeared around the same time as a Syrian government offensive in Douma, was provided by the French embassy in Washington.

    “After examining the videos and images of victims published online, (French intelligence services) were able to conclude with a high degree of confidence that the vast majority are recent and not fabricated,” the report said.

    […]

    Their findings were based on first-hand accounts of military helicopters releasing barrel bombs, evidence of features and markings of the bombs consistent with those Syrian forces used in previous attacks, and photos and videos of victims exhibiting the effects of chemical exposure such as foaming at the mouth, said the officials who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.”

    ref: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/04/14/french-report-lays-out-evidence-assad-forces-conducted-chemical-attack-civilians/517187002/

    It appears that stories of an alleged “gas attack” are being made up as time passes.

    It will be interesting to see what the OPCW fact-finding team finds.