Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
|Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons|
|Headquarters||The Hague, Netherlands|
|Exposed by||Ian Henderson (OPCW)|
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is an intergovernmental organisation, located at The Hague, Netherlands.
On 30 June 2017, the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) published a report confirming that people were exposed to sarin, a chemical weapon, on 4 April 2017 in the Khan Shaykhun area, Idlib Province in the Syrian Arab Republic. The FFM report was shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and the OPCW’s Executive Council, which considered the FFM’s findings at an Executive Council meeting on 5 July 2017.
On 7 July 2018, Tory Fibs tweeted:
- "On 14 April 2018, Theresa May bypassed parliament & bombed Syria. She said Assad had used a Chemical nerve agent in Syria. Today, the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons report that there is no evidence for that claim."
- "Corbyn was right. Again.
- "No evidence of nerve gas in Douma.
- "I fully expect the UK Media to tear Theresa May apart for taking us to the brink of World War III, for absolutely no reason.
- "I won't hold my breath."
And George Galloway tweeted:
- “I tell you again if you believe the British government, the ones who told you about the nerve agent ‘attack’ on Douma, if you believe them about Amesbury, about the Skripals and Salisbury, well I’ve got a bridge here in London that I could sell you, going cheap..”
Chatter about Assad and chemical weapons has re-emerged, after a Pentagon spokesperson said that the US has recently seen activity in the country suggesting “preparations” for “chemical weapons use”. Trump’s White House has warned Assad that “he and his military will pay a heavy price” if “another” attack takes place.
The BBC covered the development on 28 June. In fact, the story was plastered across most of major news sites. But at no point in the BBC story does it mention the new evidence Seymour Hersh’s investigation has brought to light. Instead, the BBC cites the Russians arguing against Assad’s guilt and recalls a tip it received from an undisclosed “Western intelligence agency” claiming the Syrian government is still producing chemical weapons.
But Hersh’s evidence, based on testimony from involved military and intelligence officials and transcripts of real-time communications of the event, didn’t get a look in.
Media censoring evidence
On 30 June, the OPCW claimed evidence of sarin gas was found in the aftermath of the April attack. It did not, however, conclude who was responsible for its presence. Hersh states that his investigation found that:
- “Syria did NOT drop a sarin bomb that morning. It was known to everybody in the command. Period.”
But UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is already calling for international action against “those responsible”. And much of the media, including the BBC, is hiding Hersh’s evidence from public view.
People deserve to see all the information. Because the stakes are very high. A military confrontation with Syria would inevitably draw Russia into the conflict, as an ally of Assad and a power currently operating in the country. And it would lead to even more suffering for the Syrian people.
Politicians and the media fed people dodgy evidence in order to justify the invasion of Iraq. But with the media now censoring evidence on Syria, it looks like it’s trying to fool people again – or at the very least failing to do its job. We must not fall for its shameful behaviour a second time round.
|Document:Douma ‘attack’ witnesses speak at Russia-called OPCW briefing at The Hague||Article||26 April 2018||Halil al-Jaish who tended to people at the Douma hospital that day, told the press conference that some of the patients had indeed experienced respiratory problems. The symptoms, however, were caused by heavy dust, which engulfed the area due to recent airstrikes, and no one showed any signs of chemical warfare poisoning.|
|Document:First Recorded Successful Novichok Synthesis was in 2016 – By Iran, in Cooperation with the OPCW||blog post||17 March 2018||Craig Murray||Beginning in late 2016, Iranian scientists succeeded in synthesising a number of Novichoks in full cooperation with the OPCW. This makes a complete nonsense of Theresa May’s “of a type developed by Russia” line, used to Parliament and the UN Security Council.|
|Document:Pictures resurface showing US Secretary John Kerry and President Assad dining in Syria together||Article||3 September 2013||Heather Saul||John Kerry's volte-face: Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region (2009). President Assad is a "thug" like Adolf Hitler (2013).|
|Document:Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisis||Wikispooks Page||17 April 2018||Robert Fisk||"A Syrian colonel I came across behind one of these buildings asked if I wanted to see how deep the tunnels were. I stopped after well over a mile when he cryptically observed that 'this tunnel might reach as far as Britain'. Ah yes, Ms May, I remembered, whose air strikes had been so intimately connected to this place of tunnels and dust. And gas?"|
|Document:The Trump Administration’s Syria Gas Attack Narrative Continues to Unravel||Article||18 April 2017||Michael Krieger||United States Government: "They Lied About Iraq; They Lied About Libya; They're Lying About Syria."|
|Document:The World: What is Really Happening||blog post||25 May 2019||Craig Murray||Alleged nerve gas attack in Syria - Amanda Martin tweets to George Monbiot: "Don't you smell a set up here though? Craig Murray doesn't think Assad did it."|
|Document:‘No slither of evidence’ against Russia over Skripal attack, George Galloway tells RT||Video||28 March 2018||George Galloway||George Galloway concludes: "The OPCW, which is currently examining samples of the nerve agent used against the Skripals, will presumably be lent upon to obfuscate the outcome. No one will ever know the truth.”|
|Document:“Former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal May Have Been Poisoned by BZ Nerve Agent”||blog post||16 April 2018||Ludwig De Braeckeleer||Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “Former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal May Have Been Poisoned by BZ Nerve Agent”|
|File:Henderson-Testimony-UN.pdf||Transcript||10 February 2020||Ian Henderson (OPCW)||Transcript of the testimony of ex-OPCW inspector Ian Henderson before the UNSC on 20 January 2020 about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria on 18 April 2018, and the subsequent OPCW report about it.|
- "OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Use of Chemical Weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017"
- "Documents from the Fifty-Fifth Meeting of the Executive Council"
- "Statement by the Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü To the Executive Council at its 55th Meeting, Wednesday, 5 July 2017"
- "OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Reports on Chemical Weapons Use Allegations in Douma, Syria in 2018 and in Al-Hamadaniya and Karm Al-Tarrab in 2016"
- "Theresa's porkies"
- "No evidence of nerve gas in Douma"
- "I’ve got a bridge here in London that I could sell you, going cheap..”
- "Trump‘s Red Line"
- "People should be tearing into the BBC for the alarming decision it just made"
- "Boris Johnson urges action against Assad after chemical watchdog concludes sarin used in Syria attack"