The West says one thing about the purported chemical attack in Syria at Douma, but Syria and Russia say something else. They appear to be using different witnesses. It seems suspicious that the Western investigation (by the OPCW) is refusing to hear the witnesses that Russia has brought forward. Is the OPCW blindfolding itself in order to preserve the verdict of a kangaroo court?
Fox News says:
[S]urvivors reached by The Associated Press said they were overwhelmed by the smell of chlorine on the night of April 7. Activists say at least 40 people were killed. Many were found with foam around their mouths, an indicator for suffocation. Medical workers said they treated symptoms including difficulty breathing and fainting. (Douma Chemical Attack puts OPCW back in Spotlight, Associated Press, 4/18/18)
One suspects that the “activists” referred to would be the highly dubious “White Helmets.” Notice that the medical workers did not mention a gas attack nor any smell of chlorine. This could be significant since some survivors are saying that the suffocation, etc., was caused by a dust storm and not a gas or chemical attack.
Tyler Durden, at ZeroHedge, says:
Russian officials brought fifteen people to The Hague from the city of Douma, Syria, said to have been present during the alleged April 7 chemical attack – including 11-year-old Hassan Diab, who was seen in a widely-distributed video taken by the controversian NGO organization known as the “White Helmets,” who filmed themselves giving Diab “emergency treatment” after the alleged incident. …
[But] Russia’s permanent representative to the OPCW, Aleksandr Shulgin, said that the OPCW has already interviewed six alleged Douma witnesses brought to The Hague , and they won’t interview any more.
“The others were ready too, but the experts are sticking to their own guidelines. They’ve picked six people, talked to them, and said they were ‘completely satisfied’ with their account and did not have any further questions” -Aleksandr Shulgin
[The dissenting view is that] the West is happy to bomb a sovereign nation based on nothing more than non-public “evidence” suspected to have been staged and provided by the [highly dubious] White Helmets, but when actual residents of Douma show up to tell their side of it, they are condemned as an “obscene masquerade” and denied an opportunity to submit their testimony on the record. (“No Attacks, No Victims”: Syria Chemical Attack Video Participants Speak At OPCW Briefing, by Tyler Durden, 4/27/18) (See also: Douma ‘victims’ … Speak Out)
Further evidence on the dissenting side is the likelihood that the earlier “gas attacks” claimed to have been perpetrated by Assad were not perpetrated by Assad at all.