On April 8, 2018, the US President Trump declares that the U.S. will make Syria pay for their use of chemical weapons, though he has no evidence that the Syrian government has ever used chemical weapons. Corporate media outlets, particularly in the West, started projecting video asserting the claim of Trump, though they cannot confirm its veracity independently. On April 8, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent finds no evidence of the use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Seif Aldin Hobia, a doctor working with the Red Crescent said “I have worked in Douma’s central hospital for seven years. There was an incident in January 2018 when we had six patients with breathing problems. After a medical examination, we found no toxic agents. They underwent oxygen therapy and we had no evidence of the use of poisonous agents.” On April 9, the International Red Cross, a medical humanitarian group present in Douma and the Ghouta region, states that it has no information regarding the use of chemical weapons in Douma. Even, the former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, states on British state news, the BBC, that the accusations against Syria in regards to the chemical weapons attack in Douma are unproven.
The evidence — or lack thereof — is almost similar to that pertaining to the events that eventually led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which was justified using baseless humanitarian accusations that asserted that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Using a similar pretext, the three colonial powers (U.S., the U.K. and France) have again joined forces to illegally and unilaterally strike a sovereign nation without any proper investigation or evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the alleged attack in Douma on April 7. The U.S., the U.K. and France fired over 100 cruise missiles. Many of these missiles were intercepted by Syrian Army, particularly those fired at the site near Damascus while others hit empty targets. These air strikes on April 14 morning are blatant violations of sovereignty and territorial integrity of a UN member country. These air strikes are in utter disregard of international law and without approval of the United Nations. It is to be noted that these strikes were precisely timed before a team of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is scheduled to start its work later in the day.
It is clear that these air strikes had nothing to do with any use of chemical weapons. US has the largest stockpile of chemical weapons. It had used depleted uranium in Iraq and devastating weaponry in Iraq and Syria. Their motivation to conduct these strikes emanates from their increasing marginalization from Syria where Astana process led by Russia, Iran and Turkey is moving ahead to bring Govt. and opposition for a political settlement. Firing of these missiles into Syria by US and its allies is also targeted to deliver a message to Turkey where Erdogan Government is planning to enter eastern part of Northern Syria where US has stationed troops to aid Kurd forces. It is the only region in Syria where US has direct military presence.
The last two decades have witnessed naked and violent pursuit of loot and plunder by US imperialism and its allies in the Middle-East where they launched wars of aggression for regime change in different countries and to bring their resources under their direct control, seeking to turn back the wheels of history. Presently, Russia has militarily entered Middle-East and has emerged an important player in the region. In face of this challenge, US, UK and France are trying to assert their role in the region and these strikes are meant for that. Control over petroleum resources and routes for taking away these resources remains the main motivation for these imperialist conspiracies whatever jargon they may employ.