Trump’s Punitive Air Strikes against Syria. No Evidence that Assad was Behind 
the Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack | Global Research

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

5-7 minutes



On Friday night ET, in the early hours of the morning in Damascus, the US, UK 
and France launched airstrikes allegedly (yet to be verified) against three 
military targets, according to Trump’s TV address. 

The attacks were intended to “punish Bashar Al Assad”  for an alleged chemical 
weapons attack in Douma. “Assad is killing his own people” with chemical 
weapons. The strikes were scheduled to coincide with the arrival of the OPCW 
investigation team, which was scheduled to start its investigation into the 
alleged CW attack on April 14th. Will that investigation be allowed to proceed? 
According to Tony Cartalucci, there is Zero Evidence: 

To date, all supposed evidence comes from Western-funded militants and their 
auxiliaries including the US-European government-funded front, the so-called 
“Syria Civil Defense,” better known at the “White Helmets.” Unverified 
photographs and video of apparent victims have been the sole sources cited by 
the US.

It was a political lie from the start and then it became a media lie, which was 
used as an instrument of war propaganda.

The war criminals in high office blame the victims. Trump accuses Assad: 
“Persistent violations of international law”, by whom? What is the legality of 
Trump’s punitive bombing campaign?

 Britain and France joined the United States in the strikes in a coordinated 
operation that was intended to show Western resolve in the face of what the 
leaders of the three nations called persistent violations of international law. 
Mr. Trump characterized it as the beginning of a sustained effort to force Mr. 
Assad to stop using banned weapons, but only ordered a limited one-night 
operation that hit three targets.

“These are not the actions of a man,” Mr. Trump said of last weekend’s attack 
in a televised address from the White House Diplomatic Room. “They are crimes 
of a monster instead.” (Guardian, May 13, 2018)

It is worth noting that there were divisions within Trump’s war cabinet. 
According to an earlier statement, Defense Secretary Mattis was hesitant 
regarding the conduct of the air strikes.

Earlier on Friday, President Trump had intimated that “a final decision on 
possible military strikes against Syria … could happen “very soon or not so 
soon at all” following warnings by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that “such an 
attack carried the risk of spinning out of control, suggesting caution ahead of 
a decision on how to respond to a [chemical weapons] attack against civilians 
last weekend [in Douma].”

Killing the Truth

Hours before the decision to strike Syria, there were hesitations. Acknowledged 
by the war cabinet, there was no firm evidence that the Syrian government was 
behind the chemical attack. The OPCW team arrived on the 13th to undertake this 
investigation. It was slated to start its work on the 14th. The air strikes 
have been instrumental in totally disrupting the conduct of the OPCW 



About the author:

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics 
(emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for 
Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research.  He has 
taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and 
Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing 
countries and has acted as a consultant for several international 
organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of 
Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), 
The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century 
(2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War 
(2011), The Globalization of War, America's Long War against Humanity (2015). 
He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  His writings have been 
published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal 
for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO's war of 
aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at

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