The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack
It would seem at this point that there was no chemical attack in Douma, Syria on April 7. Up until now I was leaning in this direction, but was only certain that if there was one, it couldn’t have been carried out by the Syrian government forces. They not only had no motive, they had a disincentive to do so knowing the predictable reaction from the West.
Then word began to spread earlier today on Twitter that Robert Fisk was actually in Douma and had spoken to a doctor in the hospital that was supposedly treating victims of the alleged attack, and it turned out there were no gas victims in the hospital, but rather people suffering from hypoxia, the causes of which are described in Fisk’s report.
Yet Fisk wasn’t the first reporter to actually report on what was really going on in Douma. A reporter for an American news network called OAN is actually in Syria, and today he filed a report from Douma which you can see on youtube. You can question the source all you want, but this reporter *actually* reports on what he sees and hears from people on the ground in Douma, from the people who live there. He’s *not* reading from a script, like so many of those on the “trusted” news networks. Fisk’s report corroborates the OAN report. Not only does it seem that no one died in this attack, and that the attack never took place, the OAN reporter says he spoke to 10 people who live near the site of the alleged attack and they didn’t even know about it. Imagine that? If you read Fisk, and then watch the OAN report, it’s pretty clear that no attack took place.
So the truth is out there, but you won’t hear about it on your 6 o’clock news.
Pearson Sharp Report:
John Taylor Gatto wrote an article for Harper’s back in 2003 that forever changed my ideas about what school really is. This 7 minute video sums it up nicely. From that Harper’s article, here are his suggestions for parents who want to counter the negative aspects of “schooling”.
“Now for the good news. Once you understand the logic behind modern schooling, its tricks and traps are fairly easy to avoid. School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner life so that they’ll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology – all the stuff schoolteachers know well enough to avoid. Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Well-schooled people are conditioned to dread being alone, and they seek constant companionship through the TV, the computer, the cell phone, and through shallow friendships quickly acquired and quickly abandoned. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.”
This video is nice and short because once this former commander of British forces in Iraq starts answering her question, he’s abruptly cut-off before he could finish his answer. You still get a wee bit of truth though. The British media are now all about beating the drums of war in the past few weeks, and anyone of any stature who isn’t on-board is silenced wherever possible. This is just one of the more obvious examples.