Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Kolhatkar's take on the issue.
Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Blumenthal's take on the issue.
The U.S., the U.K. and France launched the attack even though they had no solid evidence that the Assad regime had used chemical warfare. The allies' action was little more than a propaganda exercise.
Just because Donald Trump is using the recent chemical attack as an excuse to bomb Syria does not mean the attack didn't happen. We need to acknowledge the reality of Syrian suffering at the hands of Assad, Putin and the U.S.
The president’s plan to remove U.S. troops resolves diplomatic problems with Russia, Damascus and Turkey but raises thorny questions on other fronts.
The main hospital, courthouse and municipal buildings are largely rubble—testimony to the intense government assault the town has been subjected to since being seized by the rebels six years ago.
Inspectors' lack of access to Douma has left unanswered questions about the April 7 attack that prompted a military response by the U.S. and two allies.
The British prime minister, who launched missile strikes with the U.S. without consulting Parliament, also accuses Syria and Russia of attempting to cover up evidence of a deadly chemical weapons attack.
The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.
The president holds individual conversations with French and British leaders. The White House says the three nations agreed the assault on Syria was "successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.