16 April –
further to doubts expressed by prominent journalists and senior
British military figures over recent days, today renowned journalist
Robert Fisk visited the actual scene of the clinic and reports
doctor’s confirmation of what two medical workers had previously
said (April 13), namely, that smoke/dust inhalation following an
explosion had caused the breathing difficulties patients presented
with. What then happened was that a man came in shouting that there’d
been a gas/chemical attack, causing panic, and starting getting
people hosed down for the camera. This same story was also reported
by Pearson Sharp for OAN who additionally interviewed dozens of local
residents, randomly chosen from queues for relief supplies, none of
whom had seen any sign of any chemical attack.
post 8 April 2018 Allegations
of a chemical attack in Douma by Syria on 7 April were met by threats
from President Trump to attack Syria. These were followed by Israeli
missile strikes on an airfield in Homs early on 9 April. Given the
pace of events and their significance for potential escalation in
tensions between the Western powers and Russia, it is helpful to have
timely information about questions that are under investigation by
independent researchers. This post will be updated as and when
insightful contributions are published, including as work in
progress. Comments are open to allow for readers’ further
recommendations and observations.
If no, how can deaths alleged caused by it be explained?]
If yes, was Syrian government responsible?
no, who was?
If yes, were the airstrikes justified under principles of
answer to (3), even assuming affirmative answers to (1) and (2) = NO,
according to Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell, Robert and Marion
Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International
Dispute Resolution—Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame.
Reprisals to the Rescue against Chemical Attacks? – 12
discussion of legitimacy and legality of Western action