The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) continues to prevent chemical inspectors from entering Douma for their investigation, citing safety concerns. They have offered no timetable for when the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors will be allowed in.
The OPCW inspectors did not visit Monday, and there were many allegations exchanged as to why. Though British officials blamed Russia for the delay, it is now clear that the UNDSS is driving the scheduling.
The UNDSS team visited two sites in Douma, but fled both times. In the first case, they claimed there was a large crowd there, and they were concerned about safety. At the second site there was a report of an explosion nearby, and claimed to have come under small arms fire by some unknown faction. No UN workers were injured, though one Syrian was said to have sustained light injuries working in a security capacity.
The OPCW inspectors are supposed to look into an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this month. There is no public proof that the strike took place, and a mounting amount of doubt that it didn’t, driven by inquiries from Robert Fisk. Residents within Douma have also expressed doubts about the strike.
OAN investigators weren’t able to confirm any evidence of a chemical weapons attack on Douma. To the extent that investigations are happening, they suggest there was no chemical strike.
Clearly, Douma was attacked by Syrian forces on that day, and the day prior. Those strikes, however, were insisted by the Syrian government to be purely conventional strikes. There is little to suggest anything else, beyond claims from the White Helmets, and Western nations claiming to have secret proof.
Syria and Russia have both denied from the start that the attack took place, and they have believed the OPCW visit would reveal the truth. Russia in particular was pushing for an investigation to take place before any rash action against Syria. Ultimately, US-led attacks on Syria happened Friday night.
Now it’s still not clear if the OPCW will ever be allowed in, with the Russian UN Ambassador expressing annoyance at new Security Council attempts to determine responsibility for the attack. Ambassador Nebenzia noted this was “futile” since the US, Britain, and France already attacked Syria in the first place.
The security pretext is pretty flimsy though. Despite all the UNDSS security concerns, media groups seem to have no problem getting into Douma safely. One of the most egregious examples is a CNN reporter in Douma, handling and even sniffing supposed evidence.
This only adds questions. Can CNN really infiltrate Douma and “investigate” in such a haphazard way while the OPCW can’t even get on site? Moreover, would a CNN reporter really sniff garments she believed were covered in chemical weapons on air?
The US seems to have been anticipating the OPCW probe not going their way, and is already accusing Syria and Russia of plotting to tamper with the site. There’s no evidence of tampering of any kind. The US suggestion was based on the fact that Russian military police visited the site. The visit, however, was done days ago, and Russia said it was meant to deter the West from attacking Douma and destroying evidence.
Russia also wanted inspectors into the site from day one, which is not true of the United States or its allies. A Russian proposal for such an investigation was voted down at the UN Security Council, and the US-led coalition attacked multiple sites in Syria before the investigation could discredit them.
Since the US, Britain, and France already attacked Syria, they have little reason to want the OPCW visit to be successful. They clearly weren’t interested in getting the facts before the strike, and facts that don’t support their narrative could be very embarrassing.
Indeed, there is growing speculation that this UNDSS effort to block the inspectors is a relatively transparent effort to prevent the investigation happening now.
8 thoughts on “UN Security Team Delays Inspectors Entrance to Douma for ‘Safety’”
Overall, the UN is just another corrupt, sex-scandal ridden NGO on the USA’s black-budget payroll.
Great summary analysis.
The idea that the OPCW might just walk away and leave the issue unexamined is surprising, and its hard to believe they were threatened under the Russian watch.
The pressure not to come to a conclusion would be a dishonest negative diplomacy.
Also, given CNN’s fake news rep, science-challenged reporters should really think twice about personally sniffing for chemical weapons.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Douma chemical “attack” was one more false flag that fizzled. I’m sure the US and Britain want as little evidence of that as possible brought out in the light of day.
Meanwhile, Israel is quietly ramping up for an attack on Hezbollah and Iran. Sorry folks, we’re just one horrible false-flag incident away from war with Iran and the Russians.
Suddenly, the attacks against Syria are out of the news. Why? Trump had his show of force. And now, no questions are asked about what was behind that show of force. And we are back to North Korea for another show.
What is important to know now, after the onslaught of propaganda, is that there is more and more evidence that the entire propaganda operation against Syria was a hoax based on a fake video.
Indeed, several reports by independent investigators, on the ground in Syria, have now established that there has been no chemical attack in Syria before Donald Trump decided to bomb the country of Syria on April 14. This was a big lie and a grotesque staging. Trump needs to apologize to the American people and to the Syrian government for that war crime.
“Trump needs to apologize to the American people and to the Syrian government for that war crime.” I agree with everything you said, but… Trump apologize? Really? Biggest laugh I’ve had all day!
A copy of email thta I sent to National Post in Canada. It didn’t get published. I am professional engineer with experience in chlorine handling. And then the press types wonder why we rarely believe them.
My observation from watching videos and looking at photos is the faux attack was the so called chlorine attack. Here are my reasons:
The white helmets are wearing dust masks not chemical protection masks. Think photos of WW 1 soldiers wearing gas masks. Hmm
No bleach blondes. The bleaching agent for bleach blondes is chlorine. Everybody still has black hair. Hmm
The “victims” are still wearing their clothes. Chlorine would stick to the fibers and cause burning, itching, rashes and blistering. If it was chlorine everybody would be nude and being given a 15 minute hosing down with water. Pictures show some water being poured over their bowed heads for a few seconds. Hmm
Chlorine gets in eyes and causes tears, redness, blistering etc. No pictures of eyes being flushed and no pictures of damaged eyes. Hmm
The babies (Their bonnets must have protected them from becoming blondes) show no sign of chlorine blisters. They don’t even show signs of chlorine rashes that you might get in a swimming pool. They are as unblemished as babies in an Ivory Snow commercial. Hmm
Sorry, but you press types have fallen for propaganda pictures that are way way below the threshold of believabilty. Those videos and pictures are right up there with last years picture of a propane like cylinder supposedly filled with poisonous gas that supposedly fell 500 feet , broke through a concrete roof and was undamaged.
do you think Frace ,England and the USA will apologize and pay damages for shooting over a 100 missiles into Syria if no gas attack took place
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