Odile Mojon of the Schiller Institute in France and Ulf Sandmark, chairman of the Schiller Institute in Sweden, were in Syria from Sept. 5-12, where they witnessed the horrendous ravages of the war and attended the International Trade Fair in Damascus. In their discussions and in two live TV interviews with Sandmark on the two leading national stations, they denounced the threat of a U.S, British and French aggression in Syria, triggered by a “false flag” chemical weapons attack, and called for international efforts to help reconstruct the country.
British intelligence and their assets on site, such as the White Helmets, are accused of preparing a chemical weapons attack in Idlib, which would be falsely presented as an “atrocity” by the Syrian government, thus warranting a counter-attack by the U.S., France, and Britain and leading to a dangerous escalation of tensions with Russia. Russian officials have repeatedly warned against such an operation, and provided precise information about it to the relevant government authorities and international institutions.
In an article written April 28 for Neue Solidarität, Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche castigated German Chancellor Merkel and her government for supporting the April 14 missile strikes against Syria, which, was in fact just the most recent in a string of flagrant violations of the United Nations Charter and international law.
On April 16, the Russian envoy to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin stated before the executive committee of the organization that Russia has irrefutable proof that no chemical weapons attack took place in Douma on April 7, that “all this was a planned provocation by the British intelligence services, probably, with the participation of their senior allies from Washington with the aim of misleading the international community and justifying aggression against Syria.”
As of today, April 19, there are highly conflicting reports over what, if anything, happened on the ground in Douma, Syria, on April 7. The initial reports on a chemical attack by the Syrian government forces were exclusively provided by the White Helmets, a network inside Syria promoting various rebel groups and pushing the West to intervene to bring down the Assad government. On that unreliable basis, the U.S., the U.K. and France decided to launch missile attacks against Syria on April 14, just one day before the inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were scheduled to arrive to carry out inspections.
The Syrian “White Helmets” were the sole source of information cited by all Western media on the alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian army forces in Douma on April 7. That organization is presented as credible, despite the fact that they were co-founded by MI6 and are notoriously linked to Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups. True to form, their videos of the alleged April 7 attack show heart-wrenching clips of children, but no evidence whatsoever that chemical weapons (CW) were in fact used. In fact, none of their past allegations on the use of CW by the Assad regime has been proven.
Integrating Syria and all of South-West Asia into China’s New Silk Road policy to provide a solid basis for reconciliation and economic reconstruction, while stemming the flow of refugees, has been promoted for years now by the international Schiller Institute. In Sept. 2015, Helga Zepp-LaRouche herself laid out such an approach in a speech she delivered at an international symposium held in Chongqing, China, sponsored by the Chongqing Research Institute for International Strategies.
Dr. Patrick Ho, Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of the China Energy Fund Committee, has proposed a major initiative to identify ways to integrate into the Belt and Road Initiative the reconstruction of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The proposal, called MERCI (Middle East Reconstruction Initiative) was presented at two major international conferences in early July.
The China-Arab Exchange Association sponsored a forum in Beijing on July 9 on the reconstruction and development of Syria. Such an approach is precisely what EIR and the Schiller Institute have long promoted as the only way to bring the various factions together (excluding terrorists and jihadists) around the perspective of a hopeful future for all, putting aside all partisan and petty power games.
Renowned American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh carried out a meticulous investigation into the cruise missile strike against Syria’s Shayrat airbase ordered by President Trump on April 6, in retaliation for the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, which was reported to have killed over 70 people, and injured more than 550, many of them civilians. The jihadist forces and their allies in that town claimed the attack with chemical weapons had been ordered by President Assad, a claim massively spread by international media and on the basis of which Trump ordered the cruise missile attack.