SYRIA: WESTERN WAR CRIMINALS & THEIR PROPAGANDISTS, ACCUSATIONS...CONTINUE. (29.04.2014)
The Syrian government is ever closer to ending the illegal war being waged by foreign governments in Syria.
an affront: more accusations by western war criminals and their terrorists, and propagandists, who seek to avoid being held to account.
It is an affront that both western war criminals and the Syrian Opposition, continue to cynically point an accusatory finger at the Syrian government, only to continue to violently seek to avoid being properly held to account ...themselves.
The Telegraph are the latest to invent a story, accusing the Syrian government, of using chemical weapons, because the British government has no evidence.
It is not credible that someone in Syria, thought of contacting the ...Telegraph !! to hand over evidence of the use of chemicals by the Syrian government, to a British media outlet, and...not the OPCW.
..."the media world": the law abiding majority do not need lectures from vulgar, unapologetic, money grabbing, war criminals, like de Bretton Gordon, who lacks any...credibility.
In fact, (contrary to the Telegraph propaganda below) the evidence is that western governments have not been slightly squeamish about committing...Genocide in the Middle East, over many years, ever since the Balfour Declaration in 1917, during which they have:
a) murdered over 500,000 innocent civilian children in Iraq with illegal sanctions, which Madeline Albright infamously claimed was a price worth those children paying.
b) refused to even count the millions of innocent civilians murdered by their illegal war of aggression in Iraq from 2003 onwards, which was intended to continue an illegal policy of Genocide.
c) illegally use depleted uranium despite knowing it causes and has caused untold numbers of birth deformities.
The list of war crimes by western governments is long, and continues.
Western governments latest claims in Syria lack credibility for any number of reasons, including the fact that: a) no sane person would be working with Genocidal mass murderers, like western governments and their propagandists, b) let alone without making any criticism whatsoever, of the Genocide still being committed by western governments.
Any genuine campaign has a legitimate legal challenge of some kind.
Having thought long and hard, about if I had lived in Syria, I cannot think of any legal grounds, that would have made it possible for me to a) pick...up weapons !! b) paid for by foreign governments, who have no respect for human...life, c) to...wage war in Syria.
There have been no legal grounds for 'opposition' in Syria to pick up weapons, to wage a brutal war, that involves murdering their fellow human beings, simply to install a different 'government' that is to the liking of the biggest...war criminals, to have ever walked this planet, who have illegally seized power in...western governments.
Those who have picked up weapons to wage a war against the Syrian government, and their people, have acted illegally and are responsible for what...they have done, and are doing.
It is the Syrian Opposition, who are the ones who need to put down their weapons, to be held to account, and take responsibility for what they have done.
The Syrian Opposition are just a smaller offshoot of violent criminals like those in our own western governments.
Both the Syrian Opposition and our own western governments need to stop pointing the finger elsewhere and be properly...held to account themselves.
Syrian chemical weapons: how the Telegraph found evidence of chlorine and ammonia gas bombs
The Telegraph explains how we took the soil samples from scene of the attack, removed them from Syria and tested them
By Ruth Sherlock, Gaziantep, Turkey
6:25PM BST 29 Apr 2014
It was just after 6pm when the first bomb dropped. It plummeted to the ground, and, on impact, exploded its noxious payload over Kafr Zita.
The toxic yellow vapour billowed through the village in Hama province in Syria, seeping into homes, leaving families choking and gasping for breath.
Doctors battled to keep at bay the effects of the chlorine gas that burned the lungs of the people that ran, crawled or were carried through the doors of the field clinic – more than 150 in total.
This was April 11. And then again on the 12th and the 16th, the gas bombs hit Kafr Zita. On the April 18 a barrel with chlorine in, lobbed from a helicopter at night, landed so close to the village hospital that the doctors and nurses themselves became the casualties.
Three days later, only 30 miles away in the village of Talmenes, another attack saw hundreds wounded and a family destroyed as two of the children died and the pregnant mother was taken into intensive care.
The use of chemical weapons in Kafr Zita, Talmenes and other towns in Idlib and Hama province in recent weeks has now been revealed by forensic samples taken from the scenes of the bombings and
independently tested in an operation facilitated by the Telegraph.
“Dr Ahmad”, whose proper name The Telegraph will not reveal for his own protection, was responsible for collecting the samples.
In a mission that ran the gauntlet of kidnapping by criminal gangs, arrest by Syrian government troops, targeted assassination, shelling, and air strikes,
Dr Ahmad and two other volunteers – whose identities are also here being protected – travelled to the sites of each of the attacks to collect evidence.
"I wanted to show the world that chemical agents had been used,” said the doctor, after arriving safely in Turkey clutching samples, all properly labelled and bagged.
“I did it methodically. I filmed everything. I wanted to be sure that I have the whole chain of custody without interruption [from collecting the samples to seeing them tested] so when the results come we know that they are accurate.”
A first response medic working in rebel-held Aleppo, often treating the victims of air strikes and barrel bombs loaded with TNT explosive that fall on the city day and night,
Dr Ahmad first took an interest in chemical weapons during an attack on the city’s Khan al-Assal district in March last year.
“There was chaos the hospitals. Doctors became contaminated treating the wounded. People were so afraid and didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I studied the process of decontamination and medical treatments on the internet.”
Later in the year, the doctor was part of a group of Syrian medics trained by western chemical weapons experts, including Hamish De Bretton-Gordon from Secure Bio, a UK-based consultancy, in how to react in a chemical attack and the procedure for collecting samples in the aftermath.
Earlier this month, news reached
Dr Ahmad from colleagues near Kafr Zita, that casualties of recent bombings were displaying unusual symptoms: eye and skin irritation, respiratory distress, a bloody froth from the mouth.
With two fellow volunteers, Dr Ahmad embarked on a dangerous journey, crossing front lines to reach the sites of the attacks.
He took GPS readings at the locations where the attacks had taken place. He filmed those readings, the surrounding area and the site itself as he worked methodically to collect evidence.
Video footage shot at Kafr Zita shows Dr Ahmad measuring the remains of the barrel bombs that delivered the chemical attacks. The wreckage had been collected together by local residents. He filmed the surface of each one. One of the barrels had inscribed on it “CL2”, the chemical symbol for chlorine gas.
Further footage shows the team preparing the pots of soil samples taken from the area for travel, triple bagging them to protect themselves and people around them from leaks.
They travelled to a hospital in Saraqeb, an opposition held town nearby, to collect blood and urine samples from patients of the attacks.
“All injuries in Saraqeb hospital were the same. There were no external wounds, just respiratory distress, irritation of the eyes and skin,”
said Dr Ahmad.
Up to ten separate attacks have been documented in the area in recent weeks, and, while the death rate has remained low the casualty count is several hundred.
Interviews with doctors and other witnesses from the sites of the attacks conducted independently by the Telegraph corresponded with the findings of Dr Ahmad’s team.
Dr Abdullah Darwish, 44, in Kafr Zita, said he watched a military helicopter drop the bomb on April 11.
“From the hospital window I saw the bomb fall. It landed less than 400 metres away and sent a huge yellow cloud into the air,” he said. “Here we had more than 100 casualties and approximately 50 people were taken to another hospital.
There was only one surgical case, of a patient wounded by shrapnel in the bomb explosion. The rest were showing specific symptoms: difficulty breathing, and scratchy and burning eyes and skin.”
Once he had the samples,
Dr Ahmad, moved to take them to safety. Arriving in Turkey, he passed the samples to the Telegraph. He also provided the video footage of how he collected them, the GPS locations, photographs and video of interviews with casualties, as well as the results of their lab tests and an x-ray of their lungs.
Receiving the samples from his former pupil, Mr de Bretton-Gordon said: “
Dr Ahmad’s was a perfectly executed collection of this sort of material. The samples were kept along the rules that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body, require and they were presented in perfect condition that we may test them.”
Once in Turkey, the testing process began.
Mr de Bretton-Gordon analysed the material out of doors, staying upwind as it was likely to still be toxic. Dressed in a chemical suit, with a protective respiratory hood nearby should the wind change and blow gasses from the samples into his face, he set up the experiment.
He tested each sample in turn.
Taking the sample from the Talmenes attack he opened the pot of earth and put in a sealed plastic bag – called the “headspace” in the experiment – with the mini-WARN tester, a sophisticated machine that can detect even one particle per million of chlorine and ammonia in the air.
The machine gave short perfunctory beeps at the beginning. The tempo then increased in line with the concentration of chlorine and ammonia that it found.
He changed the “headspace” bag for each sample.
The results were soon clear.
“In each of the samples we have found evidence of chlorine,” said Mr de Bretton-Gordon, after analysing the results. “Also, the samples indicate that ammonia has also been used in Kafr Zita.”
The sample from the April 11 attack in Kafr Zita yielded the strongest results. It tested strongly positive for both chlorine and ammonia.
The mini-WARN detector gave a reading of 0.3 parts per million (ppm) for chlorine and 178 ppm for ammonia.
As Iain Thomson,
a technical expert from the UK company Secure Bio, explained, 0.5ppm is the maximum that a human can withstand for short term exposure to chlorine and 300ppm is a lethal dose of ammonia.
The samples were tested a full 16 days after the attack happened, and in that time, experts said, the evaporation will have decreased the chlorine and ammonia levels in the soil. This means, Mr Thomson said, that it is likely that the chlorine was originally delivered to that location in a very high dose.
Other experts contacted by the Telegraph confirmed that even a tiny trace of chlorine would indicate that a chlorine based substance was used in the attack, as the chemical would unlikely be found in the environment where the samples were collected.
Ammonia can be found in fertiliser, but not in as high a concentration as was shown by the tests.
Then, to reaffirm the results, the samples were subjected to a separate litmus test.
A small part of each sample was mixed with water. When chlorine gas comes in contact with water it turns into the acid hydrochloride.
Each test showed abnormally high acidity levels in the earth.