A boy who was featured in the viral video that showed children being showered with water because of a chemical attack expressed confusion over why he was grabbed and had water poured over him. An Arabic-speaking British investigative journalist interviewed locals in Douma who reported that there was no chemical attack. Rand Paul questioned the attack and told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that if Assad did it, he has to be the stupidest dictator on the planet because Assad is winning the war.
The US launched airstrikes against Syria before the independent Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was able to investigate the gas attack that served as the excuse for military action, even though General Mattis said that they wanted the report to show whether a gas attack had occurred. Russia condemned the strikes as an attack on a sovereign nation and is calling for an emergency meeting at the UN.
Trump based his belief that there was a gas attack in Syria on staged photos of dead children, and a viral video showing children being showered with water in a hospital following an alleged chemical attack. Two medics from the hospital who appeared in the video said that when they were treating patients for smoke inhalation, unidentified strangers shouted that the event was a chemical attack, spooking the patients. They say there were no chemical attack victims.
Tucker Carlson lambasted war hawks on the right and left who agree that the US must go to war and overthrow Syrian President Assad, based on a viral video depicting people suffering from a poison gas attack that offers no real proof against Assad. He points out that US regime change in Libya and Afghanistan have been total failures and have cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, and these countries should be made whole again before toppling another regime.
The airbase houses Iranians, Russians and members of the Lebanese armed group, Hezbollah, Israel’s sworn enemy, whom they attacked in February. Israel refused comment on the airstrike, but it has claimed in its prior attacks on Syria that it is preventing weapons transfer to Hezbollah. Israel is very concerned that Iran is establishing a military presence in Syria. Russia claims there is no sign of chlorine gas or any other substance used against civilians in Douma, the site of the reported chemical attack.
The Syrian Army and Russia were on the verge of defeating ISIS in the town of Douma when they were blamed for carrying out a chemical attack that brought global condemnation, and invites US airstrikes. The evidence of the attack is unverified footage from the White Helmets, who have direct links to the jihadist group whom this attack benefits. General Mattis recently admitted that there was zero evidence implicating Syria in the chemical weapons attack last year that led to Trump retaliating with airstrikes.