BOMBS bring peace, according to the western world. On Saturday, the US/UK/France coalition decided to bomb certain targets within Damascus. If you have been ignoring the news, which is probably a good idea, then you would have missed that the reason for this was just a week before the decision was made and the attack carried out, there was an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, which was subsequently blame on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Firstly, whatever you might make of the past, there was no legitimate reason for the attack based on the lack of evidence from independent sources at the scene of the alleged attack and past attacks by the Syrian Arab Army.

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An act of terror

There is a point I would like to raise about the actions that have taken place by the US, UK and France. The western nations and the UN have always denounced extremism and terrorism (ironically, it has to be said), yet there seems to be this wilful desire to spread misinformation by claiming this attack as ‘humanitarian’, when it is anything but if you consider the Definition Of Terrorism.

The dictionary definition of terrorism is: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes, the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorisation and a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. Furthermore, the definition of terrorisation/terrorise is: to fill or overcome with terror, to dominate or coerce by intimidation and to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings. The question you have to ask, who are the terrorists? Who are the ones using violence to coerce a government?

If we look at the fact that the coalition didn’t have ratification from the UNSC, it was denied twice, on the Wednesday beforehand, a group of international lawyers stated that there would be no legal basis for an attack and the UN have never been able to prove that Assad has ever used chemical weapons on his own people.

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What is interesting, is that the OPCW confirmed in 2016 that the Assad government had destroyed their chemical weapons. Despite claims from the west that Assad is a dictator who uses terror to subdue the population fail to recognise that the civil war was started when the west funded the Free Syrian Army.

But what hasn’t been reported as of yet is that the Independent’s Robert Fisk has been the first journalist to be able to get into the area where the alleged Chemical Attack took place. He has reported that a doctor within the area said “Then someone at the door, a ‘White Helmet’, shouted ‘Gas!”, and a panic began. People started throwing water over each other. Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia – not gas poisoning.” So, the questions here you must ask is that, who are the terrorists?