Only the Russians have allowed us to hear the actual voice of Yulia Skripal, in that recorded conversation with her cousin. So the one thing we know for certain is that, at the very first opportunity she had, she called back to her cousin in Russia to let her know what is going on. If you can recall, until the Russians released that phone call, the British authorities were still telling lies that Sergei was in a coma and Yulia herself in a serious condition.
We do not know how Yulia got to make the call. Having myself been admitted unconscious to hospital on several occasions, each time when I came to I found my mobile phone in my bedside cabinet. Yulia’s mobile phone plainly had been removed from her and not returned. Nor had she been given an official one – she specifically told her cousin that she could not call her back on that phone as she had it temporarily. The British government could have given her one to keep on which she could be called back, had they wished to help her.
The most probable explanation is that Yulia persuaded somebody else in the hospital to lend her a phone, without British officials realising. That would explain why the first instinct of the British state and its lackey media was to doubt the authenticity of the call. It would explain why she was able to contradict the official narrative on their health, and why she couldn’t get a return call. It would, more importantly, explain why her family has not been able to hear her voice since. Nor has anybody else.
It strikes me as inherently improbable that, when Yulia called her cousin as her first act the very moment she was able, she would now issue a formal statement through Scotland Yard forbidding her cousin to be in touch or visit. I simply do not believe this British Police statement: . . . Click article title to continue reading.
sott.net Comment on this post: Perhaps this little show of force formed part of Macron’s concern? From Checkpoint Asia:
If Assad is such a monster that he needs to be bombed then so are his allies for standing by him so what is Macron doing reassuring them and asking for their restraint?
The French boy-president says he is discussing bombing Syria with Washington and London. Actually last year Macron drew a red line saying any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government side (which in practice means any allegation with enough media oomph) would automatically trigger a direct French military intervention.
Even so the visibly nervous Macron is now begging Moscow to please understand that any French strikes would not be aimed at Russians but would have the sole aim of allowing Macron to stand by Trump:
The French leader added that any action would not be intended to harm government allies, who include Russia:
“In no case will the decision we take be intended to harm the regime’s allies, or anyone else, but to attack the chemical capacity of the regime, if the decision is taken.”
The obvious question is if Macron is so unsure of the strikes he is deliberating on why even order them? The best guarantee that Syria’s allies won’t respond is not to attack Syria.
But of course if Assad is such a monster then so are his allies for standing by him so why is Macron reassuring them and asking for their restraint?
. . . Here, the spokesman let slip that France might indeed be replacing the US as the de-facto master of Kurdish proxy terrorists in northern Syria. In this sense the United States might be able to at least temporarily avoid direct confrontation with Turkish troops while still maintaining a presence far from the lines of conflict, surrounding the much coveted Syrian oil that based on Trump’s own previous statements regarding Iraq, America should “take”.
In apparently transferring front-line responsibilities to the French, the US may manage to ‘have its cake and eat it too’ when it comes to a pseudo-withdrawal that is in reality just a withdrawal from any possible responsibility towards Turkey, while still giving the US access to Syria’s natural commodities.
According to such a scenario, Donald Trump is essentially outsourcing his own failures to a gullible French President whose eagerness to alienate Turkey seems to cloud the more surreal reality that as a former colonial master of Syria, a French presence will be all the more resented by all sides to the conflict. What’s more is that with the indigenous population of Arabs in northern Syria in the midst of a growing rebellion against the YPG and the US, France may soon find itself on the receiving end of the same kind of rebellion it faced in colonial Indochina and Algeria.
With the US’s Truman carrier still a month away, the “coalition” will rely on UK and French ships. US air support will likely also be involved, suggesting that any attack on Syria may be based on a joint UK-French naval operation, with US air support.
Meanwhile, as reported earlier, President Bashar al-Assad has already started moving aircraft and military vehiclesaway from air bases that could become targets for the coalition’s bombs.
Mrs May hardened her stance towards Syria as she said the UK, US and France were “rapidly reaching” a clear picture of who was responsible for last Saturday’s chemical attack on Douma, Eastern Ghouta.
Mrs May said “all the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible”, adding: “The continued use of chemical weapons cannot go unchallenged.”
Sources indicated to the Telegraph that Mrs May has now abandoned any intentions of seeking the backing of Parliament – which does not sit until Monday – for military action.
There are reports that President Bashar al-Assad has already started moving aircraft and vehicles away from air bases that are likely to be targeted, and both Mr Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France have stressed the need to act swiftly. Click title to continue reading . . .
6 Simple Reasons Why Trump Is Going To War In Syria . . . don’t miss this, because I think much of it is very ‘real’ and represents the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in.
Yeah, so we go to war over it? If/when we get through this maybe we can get on with bringing down those involved in the Awan Contra affair? We have so much work to do right here at home!!! We are truly a full time job; never mind the rest of the planet!
US President Donald Trump is right that much of bad relations with Russia are driven by the so-called Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, an analyst says.
Trump tweeted today that, “much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!”
UK’s ambassador to UN says Britain prefers a ‘proper investigation’ first but also willing to bomb Syria without one . . . I’m shaking my head on this one 🙂 ~J
Glenn Greenwald: It’s ‘obvious’ Assad used chemical weapons on Syrians . . . nefarious Glenn makes me think of Julien Assange . . I wonder if/hope we can save his life.
Touche: ‘Let’s start by destroying US chemical weapons’ – Maria Zakharova responds to Trump’s plea to ‘end arms race’
The United Nations Security Council turned down a compromise resolution on Syria, proposed by Sweden and seconded by Russia seeking investigation on the alleged chemical attack in Douma. Five countries supported the resolution with two permanent members – United States and Britain – opposing it. Earlier, a resolution on the same lines which was supported by Russia and China was also opposed by the US and Britain.
This is a significant political and diplomatic victory for Russia insofar as only two other countries joined the US and Britain to oppose the Swedish resolution. Six countries abstained.
The big question is whether this development portends an impending US attack on Syria, bypassing the UN. The UN has refused to confirm there has been any attack at all. Russia and Syrian government insist there has been no attack and have approached the Organization for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for an international investigation. The good thing is that the OPCW is deputing two teams of experts to go to Douma later this week. Russia has offered to give them full security protection.
So Trump has a major decision to make . . . Click article title to continue reading.
Financial News from RT:
UPDATE: BREAKING – Yulia Skripal issues statement via British police, asks cousin not to contact her
Yulia Skripal has refused contact with the Russian Embassy and her Moscow-based cousin, Viktoria, and asked for no one else to speak on her behalf, in a statement released by Scotland Yard after she was discharged from hospital.
Despite leaving Salisbury hospital on Monday, Skripal said that she is “still suffering with the effects of the nerve agent used against us,” adding that her father, former double agent Sergei, is still “seriously ill.”
“I find myself in a totally different life than the ordinary one I left just over a month ago, and I am seeking to come to terms with my prospects, whilst also recovering from this attack on me,” the statement said.
Skripal, a Russian citizen, said that she has been given contacts at the Russian Embassy in the UK, but said that at “the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services,” adding that “if I change my mind I know how to contact them.”
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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 is the author of Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the West’s Road to War.
The bottom line, however, is that the United States is threatening to go to war in Syria over allegations of chemical weapons usage for which no factual evidence has been provided. This act is occurring even as the possibility remains that verifiable forensic investigations would, at a minimum, confirm the presence of chemical weapons (thereby contradicting the Russian claims that no such evidence was detected by its troops), and if the Security Council passes a resolution allowing for a properly mandated investigation team, actual attribution could be assigned.
Moreover, President Trump’s rush to judgment on Syrian guilt is being done in a highly politicized environment, coming as it does on the heels of an FBI raid on the offices of the president’s personal attorney. In times such as this, a president is often attracted by the prospect of “looking presidential” in order to offset personal problems (one only need to look at President Clinton’s decision in August 1998, at the height of the Lewinsky scandal, to launch cruise missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan.)
If America is to place its military in harm’s way, it needs to be in support of a cause worthy of the sacrifice being asked of those who serve. Giving the OPCW time to carry out its investigation in Syria would allow a fact-based case to be made whether military force was justified or not, as well as support a determination of whether or not the risks associated with the use of force were warranted. Pulling the trigger void of such information, especially when Trump is distracted by personal political issues, is not something the American people, nor their representatives in Congress, should tolerate. . . . Click title to read full article.
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Tucker Carlson is on a roll: “Why is Washington united behind a war in Syria?”, by Alex Christoforou, The Duran
Virtually all of Washington DC, Republicans and Democrats (and their mainstream media shills) have united behind the idea that the United States has a moral obligation to attack Syria after another White Helmets/Deep State gas attack false flag.
When Tucker Carlson bravely called out the moronic narrative being driven to justify another US war in the Middle East, he was told to shut up by his peers over at CNN, MSNBC, NYT etc…
Glenn Greenwald tries to make some sense of America’s blood thirsty desire to bomb faraway, sovereign nations.
Sott Comment: Tucker’s not backing down. It’s good to know there is one news anchor in the States with an ounce of integrity.
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There Wasn’t A Single Corpse”: Russia Claims ‘White Helmets’ Staged Syria Chemical Attack (Video from article is below)
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Some National News