The Grayzone, an independent news website managed by Max Blumenthal, an award winning American journalist, published a lengthy investigative report on how the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) suppressed evidence of Syrian rebels using chemical weapons.
The Grayzone report states that Ian Henderson, an OPCW inspector submitted a supplemental written account offering “the most extensive and detailed account of the internal dispute over the OPCW’s Douma investigation to date.”
According to the documents obtained by the website, they expose “key gaps in the OPCW’s inquiry, which fails to specifically address the revelations that critical evidence was kept out of the OPCW’s published reports; that key findings were manipulated – and that all of this occurred under sustained US government pressure. In addition to Henderson’s complete testimony, The Grayzone has “obtained a chilling email from a third former OPCW official. The former official, who worked in a senior role, blamed external pressure and potential threats to their family for their failure to speak out about the corruption of the Douma investigation.”
It should be remembered that during the early days of the war on Syria, when the use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta was reported, Carla Del Ponte, the former Swiss Attorney General who also served as prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, revealed that they were most likely used by the rebels and not the Syrian government.
The use of chemical weapons was identified as the so-called red line by NATO regimes. Once this was announced, more and more news footage began to emerge of Syrian government’s alleged use of such weapons. Looking at it objectively, it was evident that the party keen to provoke Western aggression on Syria would be the one interested in using such weapons.
It could be said that similar provocative moves are afoot in Idlib today. The Syrian rebels made up of Al-Qaeda fighters and their NATO patrons are doing all they can to provoke a full-fledged war between Turkey and Syria.
Under the 2018 agreement reached in Sochi between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish side was to police a demilitarized zone in Idlib, the takfiri militants had to withdraw and heavy weapons removed from the so-called opposition groups.
Not only was this not implemented, the takfiri fighters regularly used Idlib to launch attacks against Syrian government forces.
The current situation which resulted in clashes between Turkish and Syrian armed forces, does not benefit Syria or Turkey.
Ankara trapped itself in a difficult situation by joining the US-Israeli-Saudi war on Syria in 2011.
The Turkish leadership must rein in its egoism and realize that its gamble to become the new Ottoman empire by riding on Washington’s back has failed. It should take steps to reconcile with its Syrian neighbor for the greater good of the Ummah.