Animal Funnies! – as Trump attacks Syria

It’s déja vu all over again.

Trump has succumbed to the neo-con warmongers and their puppeteer, Israel. Last night, he announced “a combined operation” by the U.S., France and Britain against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ostensibly because of Assad’s chemical attack last week on the Syrian city of Douma, in which at least 40 people were killed and hundreds were sickened.

I don’t believe that for a minute, given past false reports of chemical attacks. See:

In so doing, Trump risks nothing less than losing his base.

Our only hope now is that Russian President Putin maintains his cool and rationality, refrains from retaliating and igniting WW3.

Here are some “creatures without sin” as a de-stressor.

~Eowyn

62 responses to “Animal Funnies! – as Trump attacks Syria

  1. Gee whizz Dr. E., thank you, I needed this!

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  2. I’m not particularly worried, as this was blowing up a hezbollah HQ plus a couple of chem plants away from population centers. Russia was advised ahead of time that missiles would be flying overhead, so it wasn’t so much a “let’s get it on” sort of thing, rather a “we are going to do a perfunctory show of force” in response to the probably staged chem attack to calm the world.

    Not crazy about it, but sometimes these games have to be played.

    Assad’s military was not targeted, which is a big sign that he will stay (good, we don’t need another power vacuum like Libya)

    They deep state demanded their war, and they got a fireworks show instead.

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    • Patrick Cornell

      Assad’s military infrastructure was targeted, who benefits from this?

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      • Not infrastructure, a couple three plants in the middle of nowhere, on a Friday night when personnel present is at a minimum. It’s a show, but action such that the true warmongers like Graham and Senator noname from AZ can’t scream for more attacks without revealing their true nature to the sleeping masses.

        Likewise, it puts the kibosh on the relentless Russians! narrative, undercutting the Mu3ller witch hunt.

        Putin, Xi & Trump are on the same wavelength wrt not getting into a hot war.

        KJU has been denuked, and we all thought the balloon was ready to go up on that.

        All 3 superpower leaders recognize that war is not a good path to go down, and they are no longer dealing with a moslem leader trying to jumpstart a caliphate. They also recognize a common enemy which must be contained.

        I’m pretty ok with things. We have a pro running things for once, not some corrupt career politician.

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      • Israel plus Syrian Christians died in this strike.

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  3. He didn’t lose me. I elected him because he knows better than I do. He has intelligence that I don’t have. He has experienced Generals advising him. It was a 15 minute precise 4AM strike. it’s over. Syria is a hot-bed of terrorist organizations and these strikes were aimed to destroy them.
    But go ahead, bad mouth the President, sit on your hands in November and help elect more democrats. Good job.
    I feel bad that Trump’s supporters are such wimpy fair-weather friends. The second he does something you don’t agree with, you jump ship. It’s pathetic. Can you imagine what he could do if he had the same faithful support that the Obama supporters gave Obama? Wow, I can only imagine.

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    • “Syria is a hot-bed of terrorist organizations and these strikes were aimed to destroy them.”

      Really? And how do you know that? Hmm?

      The U.S. is already (and has been) attacking jihadist “rebels” in Syria. Trump doesn’t need an excuse.

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      • Syria, and by extension Russia, is in the way of Jewish expansion plans, simple. Because we work for them they ordered us to bomb Syria. Simple. Now that we’ve gone “full-neocon” it’s a done deal. Disgusting.

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        • I understand syria but how is Russia? I thought Russia was part of the Jewish push

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          • The Jews HATE Russia. Almost as much as us. Syria (the genuine government thereof) invited Russia to help them get rid of the phony terrorists we put there.

            We came “uninvited” and have no right, legal or otherwise, to be there. The Jews want Assad gone. They ultimately want to split Syria into pieces so they can more easily control it. They like “leaders” like the Saudis.

            Russia shows remarkable restraint and maturity. We are the illegal aggressors here. There is no “gas attack”. If there was it would be the ISIS-based (meaning U.S. financed) kind of “terrorist”. Those “Whitehats” are a good example.

            You don’t really think that these “ISIS” (TM) groups are “grassroots” do you? Where did they get all that weaponry and nice new trucks. They actually caught the U.S. government buying them on several occasions.

            This is another reason for events like SHES. It was the reason for the “9-11 Movie”. It is the current reason for the Parkland operation. I can’t think of a better gauge of how much people’s judgement has deteriorated than the reaction to those. We’re raising a world full of chumps.

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      • I am way off the Trump train. Why? He nominated Pence who is a child rapist and baby murderer. Where’s the wall? HRC has a dark web video of filleting a child’s face off and draining her blood in ritual satanic sacrifice. No arrest or even indictment. Just trust the plan and 4d chess memes. He’s a con artist and marketeer.

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    • Patrick Cornell

      Syria is a hot-bed of Western supported terrorists, by attacking the Syrian government military assets the United States has aided and abetted ISIS. John McCain is undoubtedly gloating over this last ditch panic strike designed to breath new life into his nearly defeated ISIS friends. The only barrier preventing the wholesale slaughter and industrial scale rape of the Orthodox Christians in Syria at the hands of ISIS are the heroics of the Russians. The gas attack excuse has false flag written all over it, anyone believing that must have fallen off the turnip truck yesterday. Trump is the tail wagging the dog because he’s no doubt being brow beaten and gas lighted by the neo Cons he’s surrounded himself with. One of the most shameful if not the single most shameful hour for America. I don’t believe Trump will withdraw forces from Syria as he promissed, he’s not received permission to do so!

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    • Cris, you couldn’t be much more wrong in your reasoning. President Trump promised to keep us out of more ME wars, and using another brazen false flag chemical attack as a justification while blaspheming the very name of God by invoking His blessing of this grave evil is, at a minimum, rank betrayal of Trump’s base. The United States, doing the bidding of Israel, has massacred, mostly by incineration from the sky, well over one million innocent human beings in Muslim lands, so why are you implying 40 deaths in Syria from any cause justifies more aerial incinerations? How dare you impugn our patriotism and accuse us of betrayal? You’ve got the shoe on the wrong foot, accusing the Syrian victims, you miserable little troll. At least this should be the last straw for any remaining credibility Fox News might have had among the base, as it parrots the lies more thoroughly than the PR office at the Pentagon could ever do.

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    • “But go ahead, bad mouth the President, sit on your hands in November and help elect more democrats. Good job.”

      I did my job voting. I went to my primary to remove Rafael Jr and Culberson. Both won thier primaies. Both need to go. Both are no better than a demorat if not worse.

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  4. I agree with you Dr. E. When Bannon left the White House he made it clear that the populist movement was over. He was right. I don’t care how much intelligence or experience the Generals have, they all need to make sure of their facts before starting a war. But then again, the Book of Revelation will be fulfilled and it plainly says in Revelation that Damascus has to destroyed. This is because that is where the great whore of Babylon will rise up. May God have mercy on us.

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    • Cabin 1954 . . . . God Bless you for bringing up the Book of Revelation. When I begin to worry overmuch by all that is going on in the world . . . I think of the B of R, if all these things must needs be in order that the entire plan of God be instituted, then who am I to rail at the Heavens? As you have indicated . . . “My God have mercy on us.”

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  5. Amen, Dr. Eowyn!

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  6. Here we go again. Another violation of a sovereign nation and unconstitutional as well. As usual, N W O puppet doing their bidding. When warmonger Bolton was put in place, this was a no brainer of happening. Israhell running the show as usual.

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    • You got it all wrong, GASSING INNOCENT CHILDREN IS M U R D E R.

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      • Stop being so gullible

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        • Me gullible?

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        • Dr Eowyn . . . . God Bless you for offering us this particular film clip. Certainly this gives greater understanding to those of us who may not be up on the very latest nuances of what is going on in Syria.

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          • Although, this article has turned into a discussion of the bombing of Syria . . . . never the less, the animal funnies are sorely needed to counter balance the distressing nature of what is going on in our world.

            I loved the little puppy who was seat belted beside his “Daddy.” I also loved the craftiness of the cat who laid in wait; this very much reminded me of my cat. When I call her into the house, she will be in front of me, but she detours, hides under my computer chair (where she is sure that I cannot see her, and am totally unaware of her location) then as I start to walk past the chair–all of a sudden she jumps out to “scare” me. These small animals have to have some keen sense of “playfulness” in order to act in this manner.

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      • Patrick Cornell

        Lying to the hoi polloi with false flags for the purpose of incitement to war is wanton treachery at best, treasonous at worst.

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        • I don’t see it as incitement to war. I see it as a measured reaponse to an obvious false flag (that was intended to keep us in Syria). We couldn’t ignore it and leave. So instead we did a show and now can leave. Anything subsequent to try to keep us there will be highlighted as a false flag. Especially since we (supposedly) took out their CW plants. If another FF happens, then the world will know the CW came from outside Syria.

          Remember Mattis is a huge student of history. He knows what is going on and responses that have worked and failed throughout history. Weapons may change, but the tactics and strategy are repeated time & time again. Patton was the same way.

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  7. Yikes, love that cat ambush, even more I like the actions taken against the assassin Bashar al-Assad and Bladimir Putin, that’s what you call the coalition collision against extermination of innocents, President Trump we are with You!

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    • Patrick Cornell

      And if the friendly terrorists manage to rally around this and survive and by some way manage to win what do you think would be the fate of the Syrian Orthodox Christian community? I’ll give you a hint, it would make that phony gas attack look like a picnic.

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  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn, for sending us some encouragement and humor from God’s innocent children. We need all we can get.

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  9. Patrick Cornell

    John Bolton didn’t waste any time going aggressive, I don’t understand how this falls under the National Security heading.

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  10. There is about as much reality to this “chemical attack” as there is to the Parkland Shooting. Think about that a while.

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  11. I, like many others, believed Donald Trump when he was on the campaign trail. I truly believed him when he stated that he would demolish ObamaCare. I believed him when he vehemently attacked and opposed communist common core that’s indoctrinating our school children. I believed him when he declared he was a huge proponent of the 2nd amendment. I believed him when he opposed our behemoth national debt of trillions of dollars. I was also suckered in by comments made that he would withdraw our troops and bring them home. And naively, I believed he would drain the swamp, yet it seems to be flourishing,

    In less than two years in office, on Trump’s watch, our national debt has risen to over $21 trillion dollars. Trump’s signature for the progressive and rino omnibus bill keeps planned parenthood funded, Obamacare rolling, foreign spending, and much pork. Trump’s dictatorial ststement about “taking the guns first and then due process” leaves a sour taste in my mouth. We are now on the verge of WW3.

    Instead of draining the swamp, I’m afraid we’re growing it.

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    • No argument here. I of course knew better. I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. Well, the “benefit” just got eaten up. I don’t want anyone putting my loved one’s lives at risk for Israel. I’d like a government of our own.

      Every slimy parasite in D.C. is wholly owned by them. The irony is that it is our money they’re using to buy them. That and the pictures of the adolescent oily boys and such. Perverts and thieves.

      I would gladly give the lot of them to Israel. They should be sent there. They can better serve their masters from there. Somebody may need a Goy to wipe their boots on.

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  12. I can’t tell you how depressing I found Trump’s actions last night.
    Thanks for the laugh Dr. Eowyn. It seems that is about all we can do as Trump jumps to his handlers’ demands.

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  13. I am very torn with his latest action. I am going on the faith that the President has some serious Intel we are not privy to.
    I keep thinking McCain and his rebels are behind this since there was a different gas used. I sounds like something that demented guy would do.
    It makes no sense, what does Assad hope to gain? He and Putin had been protecting the Christians there.
    I keep thinking of when we were fed the BS for taking out Kaddafy and look what that got us.
    You listen to the military officers and they seemed to be either in the fence or positive it was Assad. How many are still Obama plants?
    Not there 100% yet.
    I will put my trust into the President and hope he wasn’t fed BS to get this done.

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  14. Sorry but cats are evil…

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  15. Interesting that almost a year to date since the last false flag gas attack? Coincidence? I doubt it. But what does it mean? They literally celebrated their FF with a second FF of the same time?

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  16. At this point, Trump has lost my benefit of the doubt, completely. Q was always a big question themself, but there are some… odd statements made going back.

    He said after Korea, Syria would be “next”. And then last week there was mention about “Sparrow Red” and preventing at all cost.

    Then, Q does a switch and talks about trusting the plan and stating “Sparrow Red” again.

    What we think is referenced is the movie “Red Sparrow”, which is abuot a Russian spy attempting to seduce info from a CIA guy in order to determine who a mole is within the USSR. I think. Not so sure since I have not read a complete synopsis or watched it.

    If Q is correct, Trump was somehow maneuvered into this Sparrow Red event. But that doesn’t fit Q’s apparent logic. I must agree with Iophat that this Q business is nonsense.

    However, I would go further and say that it’s not a mere LARP. It is the real deal. One poster on Qresearch accused Trump of creating Q as a modern version of propaganda. A twisted means of basically throwing the Awakened members of Trump’s base a big, juicy bone. This explains how the numerical codes between Trump’s tweets and Q posts keep matching up, while also further telling us why nothing significant will ever be done.

    I can at least say the 8chan bakers have done a phenomenal job of real questioning and research. THEY are the real Questioners, the real American Intelligence now. And they know it. So sad, because they were built on what I am now going to consider a monstrous deception.

    This is indeed a grand play, a show on a stage, all of it.

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  17. FYI; Syrian Refugee BLASTS CNN for Hypocrisy… THANKS President Trump
    CNN host Brooke Baldwin got way more than she bargained for when she interviewed a Syrian refugee after President Trump’s airstrike on a Syrian airbase.
    Kassem Eid is reportedly the survivor of a 2013 chemical attack in Syria.
    Baldwin had interviewed him three days earlier, as he blamed Assad for the ongoing attacks against innocent Syrians. In that interview, Eid pleaded with Trump to help them, saying, “Don’t make the same mistake President Obama did. Don’t let Assad walk away.”

    Baldwin brought Eid back for another interview Friday after Trump rained missiles down on Syria’s airbase, seemingly with the intent to make her case of more Syrian refugees coming to America. Instead, Eid turned the tables on her.
    In the interview, he said that he “cried out for joy and thanked God” when the U.S. airstrike happened. “For the first time, we see Assad held accountable for his crimes against humanity. I felt grateful for President Trump. I felt grateful for the United States.”
    Baldwin tried to bring out the point that Trump “doesn’t want the Syrians to come to America,” noting his refugee ban.
    It was then that Eid went off on her. “With all due respect, I didn’t see each and every person who was demonstrating after the travel ban. I didn’t see you three days when people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you in 2013 when 1,400 people were gassed to death. I didn’t see you raising your voice against President Obama’s inaction in Syria that made us refugees get kicked out of Syria. If you really care about refugees, help us stay in our country! We don’t want to become refugees.”
    He added, in regards to President Trump: “Please, sir, what you did was amazing. What you did was a powerful message of hope.”

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  18. Bible – Genesis 12:1-3
    1: The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2: “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3: I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
    “Amen”

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  19. Isaiah 60:12 King James Version (KJV).
    12: For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

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  20. The Truth About The coming War against Syria “The Destruction & Judgment of Damascus”, read all about it @
    http://www.davenettlesgospelmusic.com/chapter3-sub2.html Bashar Al Assad lives in the palace of Ben-Hadad.

    The Truth About The War Of “Ezekiel, Chapters 38 and 39” The Destruction of Russia, read all about it @ http://www.davenettlesgospelmusic.com/chapter3-sub3.html
    This war Ushers in The Anti-Christ.

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  21. I was disappointed in the bombing last night as well. But, we may not know all of the facts yet, as the sources are most important for validity and truth. For those of us who are of a certain age, because we’ve lived awhile, I’m not quick to change allegiances because Trump makes decisions and says things that appear to make him look like a turncoat. We SHOULD question all things and research and discuss. Whenever Trump does something that makes me question his motives, I try to remember one thing……..If Hillary had been elected president, there would be no saving our country and sovereignty . At this point in time, the international corporate neocon globalists and deep state would have won. I don’t even want to articulate how our lives would be changing under a socialist, communist government.

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  22. animal funnies were amazing! Alex is exhausted,his brain too,thats y he cant think clear now,its more than u see,stay united America and trust your president Trump! cnn?they will regreat that interview for the rest of their lives! MAGA! & the world a better place! its much ,much more than u can see & think

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  23. FYI; Conspiracy claims that Syrian gas attack was ‘false flag’ are unproven;
    In the hours between this week’s chemical weapons attack in Syria and President Donald Trump’s retaliatory missile strike, conspiracy theorists worked to discredit the civilian deaths. They called it a “false flag” operation designed to trigger American involvement in the country’s civil war.
    Bloggers, political leaders and even Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams all questioned the reason behind the toxic gas attack on April 4 in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-controlled area in northwestern Syria.
    The attack reportedly killed at least 86 people, and came less than a week after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was no longer a “focus” of diplomatic policy.
    On the evening of April 6, Trump ordered two Navy warships to fire 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield to retaliate against the attack, killing at least six.
    So, was the chemical attack a hoax orchestrated to draw the United States into Syria’s civil war?
    We found no credible evidence of it. While doubters have raised eyebrows, asked questions and offered theories, there’s little in the way of proof that their claims are anything more than speculation.
    Here are the charges some are alleging.
    The rebel conspiracy
    Chief among the skeptics was Alex Jones’ InfoWars website, which questioned the validity of the attack in an April 5 post that blamed a group called the White Helmets for arranging the attack for nefarious reasons.
    The White Helmets, officially known as Syria Civil Defence, is a group of ostensibly nonpartisan volunteers who aid civilian victims of the civil war. The group has been accused of being pro-rebel, and InfoWars contends they are an al-Qaida affiliate funded by George Soros and the British government.
    The website’s story says the White Helmets have staged rescue videos as propaganda, and helped spread a false narrative of the gas attack. The site linked to a 2016 video in which rescue workers were conducting a “mannequin challenge” during a staged recovery scene, a failed PR stunt for which the group later apologized.
    The BBC reported that the pro-opposition Edlib Media Center said the White Helmets may have been targeted by Syrian warplanes in the attack.
    InfoWars and other sources also questioned reports by Dr. Shajul Islam, a British doctor and aid worker in Syria who documented the aftermath of the attack.
    Websites pointed out Islam had been accused of kidnapping journalists in 2012 (the case was dismissed) and questioned his source of funding and equipment.
    These same sites further wondered why rescue workers in gas attack videos weren’t using what they deemed proper procedures, that they treated victims without wearing protective clothing themselves and how they had time to take video and photographs of the aftermath.
    They also wondered why Islam and the White Helmets received gas masks prior to the attack.
    The New York Times did report that several aid workers were sickened from exposure, and the World Health Organization issued a statement corroborating some accounts of the attack’s results.
    On April 6, after Trump ordered the missile attack, InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson criticized the president, tweeting:

    Dubious critics
    Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said April 5 that the hypothesis that Assad attacked his own people with chemical weapons didn’t add up.
    “It doesn’t make any sense for Assad under these conditions to all of a sudden use poison gases,” Paul said. “I think it’s zero chance he would have done this deliberately.”
    He added that neoconservatives who had pushed for intervention in Syria stood to gain the most from such an attack, not Assad, who was seeing progress against both the Islamic State and opposition rebels. Attacking civilians with chemical weapons would be counterproductive. Paul’s Twitter account later tweeted out the video with the term “false flag” in all caps.
    U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., also questioned who really orchestrated the attack during a CNN interview, telling CNN anchor Kate Bolduan on April 5 that he wasn’t convinced it was Assad.
    “It’s hard to know exactly what’s happening in Syria right now,” Massie said. “I’d like to know specifically how that release of chemical gas, if it did occur, and it looks like it did, how that occurred. Because frankly I don’t think Assad would have done that. It does not serve his interest, it would tend to draw us into that civil war even further.”
    Bolduan asked Massie whom he thought did commit the attack, and he reiterated that he didn’t think such an attack would serve Assad, so he continued to question who was behind it.
    One site called RootClaim.com said there was a 52 percent chance that forces opposing the Assad regime had carried out a false flag operation on civilians. Syriana Analysis, a YouTube channel run by Kevork Almassian, a Syrian living in Germany, released a video declaring the Syrian government wasn’t responsible for using chemical weapons in the attack.
    Dilbert cartoonist Adams wrote on his blog April 6 that the attack had “the look of a manufactured event.” He blamed the “mainstream media” for helping orchestrate an event that made it appear Assad wanted to “commit suicide-by-Trump.” The attack was so heinous, Trump would have no choice but to respond, lest he be excoriated by the media for his inaction, Adams wrote.
    Adams also tweeted that the calls for a swift response to the attack (citing conservative commentator Bill Kristol’s support for Trump) proved his point.

    He wrote another blog post April 7 outlining why he thought Trump’s response would not lead to all-out war.

    Alt-right anger
    The false flag theory also was championed by far-right blogger Mike Cernovich, a Trump supporter who worried that the gas attack was coordinated to provoke a military response from Trump — which it did.
    Cernovich put in hours online to convince readers the gas attack was a hoax “sponsored by deep state.” Deep state is the alt-right belief in a network of government officials that secretly runs things, and in America is currently trying to bring down the Trump presidency. Cernovich alleged that the media, to which he referred as “the fake news media,” is in cahoots with deep state to start World War III.

    #SyriaGasAttack was sponsored by deep state. pic.twitter.com/fvipwYCRo4
    — Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) April 6, 2017
    Cernovich stayed online for a multi-hour livestream starting April 6, questioning whether U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had armed ISIS with gas and saying the attack had been planned by the United States since 2013 to escalate intervention.
    He also began using the hashtag #SyriaHoax, which caught on across Twitter.
    On April 6, allegations started to fly that #SyriaHoax was actually started by Russian bots before Cernovich began using it.

    White nationalist and AltRight.com blogger Richard Spencer agreed with Cernovich that the far right did not want war in Syria, tweeting on April 6 that the alt-right wants “good relations with Bashar al-Assad, and we urge Trump to halt the rush to war.”
    After the missile strike, Spencer tweeted out a photo of the Syrian president and his wife Alma, with the hashtag #StandWithAssad.
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/apr/07/unproven-online-theories-doubting-syrian-gas-attac/

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  24. FYI; Archive of fact-check “Kerry: We got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria”
    Editor’s note: This is an archive of a fact-check we pulled from the site on April 5, 2017. For more details, read our story.

    In Syria, “we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.”
    — John Kerry on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 in comments on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
    Kerry: We got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria
    By Jon Greenberg on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.
    There’s no other way to say it: The world events of the past week have been crazy. We saw the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine and Israel launching a military ground campaign in Gaza. Add in the ongoing flood of Central American children on the U.S. southern border and the extension of a temporary nuclear deal with Iran, and Secretary of State John Kerry had his hands full as he navigated the Sunday talk show circuit.
    Kerry appeared on every network, a feat that’s been dubbed the “Full Ginsberg.” On NBC’s Meet the Press, Kerry pushed back against the criticism that President Barack Obama lacks a clear foreign policy.
    “What he faces, maybe, is a problem with a bunch of critics who want to jump to conclusions without looking at the facts,” Kerry said.
    Kerry then offered a list of the administration’s achievements. He touted gains in securing Chinese help to restrain North Korea, a ceasefire in South Sudan, the interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program and progress on the formation of a new government in Iraq.
    Syria also made the secretary’s list.
    “We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” Kerry said.
    In this fact-check, we decided to take a closer look at that claim about Syria. That country’s civil war dominated the foreign policy debate last summer and the use of shells loaded with chemical agents galvanized the international response. With key help from Russia, Syria agreed to rid itself of all chemical weapons by the end of June 2014.
    It was an ambitious goal, particularly in the middle of a civil war. And in large measure, it was met.
    The U.S. State Department pointed us to this statement from Ahmet Üzümcü, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the United Nations body in charge of inspections and disposal. On June 24, 2014, Üzümcü declared a major benchmark had been cleared.
    “The last of the remaining chemicals identified for removal from Syria were loaded this afternoon aboard the Danish ship Ark Futura,” Üzümcü said.
    Paul Walker, a long-time chemical weapons inspector with the Green Cross, an independent security group, called this an historic accomplishment. Walker said there are ongoing negotiations over some discrepancies in Syria’s disclosure declarations but he said that is not unusual.
    Potentially more significant are two declared stockpile sites, which have yet to be inspected, Walker said. Also, some remaining sites need attention, he said.
    “There are still 12 former chemical weapon production facilities which need to be destroyed,” Walker said.
    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria had agreed to measures to deal with some of those facilities, but not all. A further mission was underway.
    In an odd twist, Walker said the Syrians recently handed over two tanks of Sarin agent.
    “Syria declared the two canisters, but stated that they found them in former rebel territory,” Walker said. “President Assad has refused any ownership of the tanks.”
    How the Sarin will be destroyed remains unclear.
    Brian Finlay, managing director at the Stimson Center, a private defense policy group, said a total guarantee is never really possible.
    “So long as Syria, or any other country for that matter, has a modern agricultural industry, a mining industry, produces paints and inks, or even toothpaste, they will continue to legitimately import and stockpile the chemicals necessary to produce weapons,” Finlay said.
    Our ruling
    Kerry said all of Syria’s chemical weapons had been removed. The UN body in charge said that the last of Syria’s declared chemical weapons left the country in late June. There remain, however, some discrepancies in the details of the weapons the Syrians had acknowledged possessing, and some additional work is needed.
    With that qualification, we rate the claim Mostly True.
    Sources
    NBC, Meet the Press, July 20, 2014
    Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria and the OPCW
    Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Announcement to media on last consignment of chemicals leaving Syria, June 23, 2014
    Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, 8% of Syrian Chemicals Still Remain to be Removed; Fact-Finding Mission in Syria; Some Progress on Syrian Production Facilities, June 17, 2014
    Green Cross, Removal of all Syrian chemical weapons completed, June 23, 2014
    New York Times, Last of Syria’s Known Chemical Arms Are Shipped Abroad for Destruction, June 24, 2014
    Email interview, Brian Finlay, managing director, Stimson Center, July 20, 2014
    Email interview, Nicole Thompson, spokeswoman, U.S. State Department, July 20, 2014
    http://www.politifact.com/john-kerry-syria-archive/

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  25. Can’t say if gas attacks occurred or didn’t; but this is what puzzles me:

    First week of April Trump vows to exit Syria. Only thing that would keep USA engaged is Assad crossing a ‘Red Line’ (eg the use of chemical weapons).
    Assad being so afraid of the USA leaving (and his possible victory), he decides a week after Trump’s announcement to cross that very Red Line and launch a gas attack.

    Doesn’t appear that Assad was a backed into a corner and the use of gas was a desperate do-or die last ditch move.

    Just doesn’t make sense.

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