Two ex-British ambassadors question claims that Assad ordered chemical attack as threat of war grows

Two ex-British ambassadors question claims that Assad ordered chemical attack as threat of war grows, by RT.

Ex-British ambassadors questioned claims that Assad is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians. Peter Ford and Craig Murray expressed doubt, urging the UK government not to rush into a war without proof.

Former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, speaking during a heated interview on BBC Radio Scotland, believes that the reported chemical attack in Douma may not have been committed by Assad, contrary to claims by US President Donald Trump, among others. …

We have to engage our brains as well as our emotions here, not be stampeded by those videos which are described as being unverified, but which by dint of being repeated over and over again come to acquire a spurious credibility,” Ford added. “We have to ask ourselves what are the sources in this stampede to war?” …

There are have been false flag chemical attacks in Syria before:

Ford’s comments reflected the same concerns with intelligence sources that he expressed to the BBC a year ago. “Based on previous experience, we can see that we cannot take on face value what the so-called intelligence experts tell us,” he said, in reference to the Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack.

In August 2016, [the Jihadis] mounted a chlorine gas attack on civilians and they tried to make it look like a regime operation. Mark my words, [the jihadis will make it look like the regime did it] and it will get the warmongers coming to tell us that Assad is defying us and we must go in more heavily into Syria.”

When questioned by Robertson as to what “would be the interest of [the jihadis] to stage these events?” A dumbfounded Ford responded that even “a child can see that the intention was to produce hysteria.” …

“What the jihadis have done is jerk our leash,” he added.

hat-tip Stephen Neil