Diamond Dog wrote:Again, I don't know.
But... I have no time for the claim that because the US, UK & French Govt say it is 'this' then the 'that' that Russia proposes is false. I've been through too many bullshit operations to just believe the 'Western' version of events, that are (later) proven to be palpably untrue, and to have been manipulated to give those Govt's the excuse they needed to do what they originally wanted to do. I'm just naturally dis-inclined to take things at face value especially when the same countries have, in the past, been absolutely proven to have lied to achieve their aims.
Of course, that doesn't immediately make the Russian/Syrian version of events true (which is where Jimbo immediately jumps to) but I'm prepared to listen until something incontrovertible comes along. I've not seen that yet.
I'm not talking about blind belief here although maybe that wasn't clear. The chemical attack took place as it has before of course. I'm assuming you don't doubt that
. The UK, France and the US say it was the Syrian government and I have no reason to doubt them at all in this instance. This is based on evidence, intelligence, eye witness reports and, crucially, clear evidence of the Syrian government using chemical weapons before:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Shaykhun_chemical_attack
There is a history there. The Russian foreign minister, however, claims this was staged by the UK which would be risible if it wasn't so grotesque. He's talking about a false flag operation for crying out loud but that's where Russia is at right now, you know? Contemptible.
This is worth a read:https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/syria/article/national-assessment-document-on-chemical-attack-of-7-april-2018-douma-eastern
I understand cynicism but I really don't see any credible alternative scenarios here and I think your bias against the "west" in situations like this is leading you towards that hellish, no-nothing place known as Jimbo land. If you're "prepared to listen" in lieu of "something incontrovertible" then what alternative scenarios would you posit?