JOHN MENADUE. Our white man’s media coverage of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

In this blog on  12 May 2017  I wrote:   “Our media have accepted without examination the US/Intelligence view that President Assad was responsible for the awful gas attacks in Syria.  He may have been responsible.  But no independent evidence has been produced. I have not seen any of our media attempt to examine this issue’.

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Seymour Hersh has now written that there was no evidence that the Assad regime had initiated the chemical weapons attack in April this year.”  

Seymour Hersh is a famous and credible journalist who exposed the US massacre in My Lai in Vietnam and the US torture in the Abu Graib  prison in Iraq.

Refused publication in the US and the UK, Hersh offered this story about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria to Die Welt in Germany.  See https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article165905578/Trump-s-Red-Line.html?wtrid=socialmedia.email.sharebutton

Hersh alleges that the US knew that its information about the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons was false, but that President Trump decided anyhow to attack with Tomahawk missiles. Worse still, there are claims that the US administration is now  planning another attack on Syria based on false information again about chemical weapons.

In this blog on 17 April  2017 James O’Neill also cast serious doubts about the alleged Assad chemical weapons attacks.

Our media continue to do us a great disservice.  Without thought and analysis it allows itself to be led along by the US military and political complex and its propaganda..

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Stej

Haven’t the French and the UN confirmed the chemical attacks?

David West

If Hersh is correct, I would guess that Trump’s motive in launching the airstrike against the Syrian airfield is to get one up over President Obama. By launching the airstrike Trump could contend that he acted against Syria for using chemical weapons whereas Obama had failed to act despite having drawn a line in the sand over the use of these weapons. I have no doubt that Trump is petulant, childish and ego-driven enough to launch a strike against a bogus attack just to cast himself in a good light against his more popular predecessor.

Grumpy Old Sod

I am amazed and wholly alarmed that the media does not do its job of investigation. Over the years, I have become totally and absolutely disillusioned and ultimately disgusted in our media, be they the puppets of Murdoch or the satraps of the ABC. Let me give you a few examples of our (Aus) media’s compliance with lies. We all remember the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh. I too took the line I was given that he detonated a small truck load of ammonium nitrate caving in the Murragh building killing all those innocents including a lot of… Read more »

Ronald Mackinnon

The Washington lobbyists, who also control mainstream media, require the destruction of Syria preceded by Iraq and followed by Iran. Following the vengeance applied to Julia Gillard, Canberra will also toe the line.

Tony Kevin

It is significant and welcome that John Menadue saw this issue as important enough to highlight in his blog under his own name. Australia needs to wake up to what our ally is doing in Syria. We should suspend all our RAAF airforce operations in that country till the US sorts out its lines of communication with Russia. There is a G20 meeting coming up in Hamburg very soon, 21-22 July. Turnbull and Bishop and Payne need to review Australia’s stance on Syria, we could play a positive role with France and Germany in putting the Western Alliance’s Syria policy… Read more »

Dennis Argall

Actually, one report in the US, courtesy of Ron Paul: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/06/27/ron_paul_seymour_hersh_reporting_trump_knew_latest_syria_chemical_attack_was_false_flag_bombed_assad_anyway.html But disturbing that Secretary Mattis is now leading the charge https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/28/mattis-claims-syria-heeds-u-s-warnings-over-chemical-strike-they-didnt-do-it/?utm_term=.ea171596bdf3 in claiming they are having success this week in stopping Syria from doing it ‘again’. Most of us learned as children the perils and eventual consequences of lie to cover lie. What is particularly troubling is that while efforts are being made to talk a line to the American public, Russia, Syria, Germany and most other mildly diligent governments know the absurdity and will see it as further weakening of the US in the world. The USSR learned… Read more »