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.
The majority of the world’s nations and peoples are in a state of shock, and fear, that the recent 180-degree turn by President Donald Trump — from his rejection of regime change and a commitment to work with Russia and China for peace and development, to a criminal and unwarranted military attack on Syria and a threat to preemptively attack North Korea — could provoke a global nuclear war at virtually any moment.