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Ex-weapons-inspector Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD - he backs Hersh in the dispute over Trump's Syria lies.   Share:  
Thrust of argument: Scott Ritter tells us "There are two distinct narratives at play when it comes to what happened in Khan Sheikhun. One, put forward by the governments of the United States, Great Britain, France, and supported by the likes of Bellingcat and the White Helmets, is that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack using a single air-delivered bomb on a civilian target. The other, put forward by the governments of Russia and Syria, and sustained by the reporting of Seymour Hersh, is that the Syrian air force used conventional bombs to strike a military target, inadvertently releasing a toxic cloud from substances stored at that facility and killing or injuring civilians in Khan Sheikhun. There can be no doubt that the very survival of the White Helmets as an organization, and the cause they support (i.e., regime change in Syria), has been furthered by the narrative they have helped craft and sell about the events of April 4 in and around Khan Sheikhun. This is the living manifestation of Aristotle's final cause, the end for which this entire lie has been constructed.

The lack of any meaningful fact-based information to back up the claims of the White Helmets and those who sustain them, like the U.S. government and Bellingcat, raises serious questions about the viability of the White House's latest pronouncements on Syria and allegations that it was preparing for a second round of chemical attacks. If America has learned anything from its painful history with Iraq and the false allegations of continued possession of weapons of mass destruction on the part of the regime of Saddam Hussein, it is that to rush into military conflict in the Middle East based upon the unsustained allegations of an interested regional party (i.e., Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress) is a fool's errand.

It is up to the discerning public to determine which narrative about the events in Syria today they will seek to embrace - one supported by a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who has made a career out of exposing inconvenient truths, from My Lai to Abu Ghraib and beyond, or one that collapses under Aristotle's development of potentiality to actuality analysis, as the manufactured story line promoted by the White Helmets demonstratively does."
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Removal of resistance: The behaviour of the UK and US mainstream media, amongst others, warrants that we entirely stop fuelling them, stop allowing them to earn money, we boycott their channels and go out of our way to democratically and legally make their advertising revenue capabilities minimal and bordering on worthless. Unification: Even then the problem remains that much of the mainstream media is propped up by big money outside the media because they are already financially broken. The Guardian's case is an interesting one in this area. Even so, some of the biggest media names are not only corporate propaganda monsters, but indeed use 'clever' loopholes to avoid paying tax at home in the UK or wherever else they should be paying taxes.

Thus the only currency one can deprive them of which will hurt them is the currency of their readers.

When people don't lower themselves to reading that crap, these organisations will have been beaten.
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