by Adam Carter, Disobedient Media:
To say things have been a complete mess is an understatement of epic proportions. The amount of lies, revisionism, misrepresentation, and chicanery on display by those trying to promote and justify the US, UK and French strikes on Syria has been incredible to observe.
Implausible Narratives Seem Plausible When Alternatives Are Omitted
If you rely almost solely on the mainstream media for your news, you may be under the impression that assigning guilt to Assad is the only logical conclusion as to who is responsible for the latest (alleged) chemical weapons attack, even though, as special forces chiefs, ambassadors and others have pointed out (some even being shut down by mainstream press before they could say too much),the narrative we’re being fed makes no sense. It would have been a highly counterproductive thing for the Assad regime to engage in.
Many pundits and politicians speak as if it is demonstrable fact. However, the reality is that their assertions are based on assumptions, with many speculating at Assad’s guilt in this instance pointing out that his forces have used it in the past. While this is true and is a fair reason to suspect him of a gas attack, (assuming one has definitely occurred), this premise is rarely presented in full context.
In this instance, context isn’t just helpful, it actually serves as a damning indictment of how much our mainstream press is willing to ignore and omit in order to coerce us into only ever thinking there’s one possible explanation for an incident that (if proven to have been a chemical weapon attack) could be attributable to a number of sources.
There have also been quite a few individuals in the media asserting the latest allegations must have been carried out by Assad on the basis of last year’s attack, also assuming that this was carried out by Assad. Sebastian Gorka provides one particularly vocal example of this trend. However, General Mattis recently admitted that there is no evidence to support such a conclusion on culpability. Perhaps someone should have reminded Mattis of this before he made subsequent statements in support of the strikes:
This contrasts from what he should be saying based on what he’d revealed only 2 months earlier was at least noticed and reported on. Mattis’ February admission has hardly dampened legacy press enthusiasm in referencing the 2017 attack as carried out by Assad’s forces: