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.
Acting largely on claims by SAMS field operatives of a chemical attack in Syria, the U.S., the U.K. and France appear ready to make the Syrian opposition’s dreams come true.
Hours after the main rebel group in the area declares a cease-fire, an agreement is reached to evacuate the second of three areas held by opposition fighters east of Damascus.