Chemical Weapons Attack in Ghouta as a Pretext for US Intervention

  • Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira


When a chemical weapons attack occurred in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, the American, French and British coalition tried to use it as pretext for an intervention in Syria. Attributing the attacks to the Assad regime was an obvious farce, however, aided and abetted by the corporate media. There was no evidence in support of it. In fact, everything suggested Ghouta was to be blamed on Islamic militants’ intent on lighting the fuse for the western powers’ and Saudi Arabia’s invasion plans. These plans were already underway through the training of troops by mercenaries and the CIA and the deployment of war material to Syria’s vicinity. But the plans were foiled. Despite the drums of war, public opinion was against it and other western countries refused to embark on the adventure. Even the UK parliament ended up voting against intervention. Isolated, the United States was forced to broker a deal with Russia, and Syria accepted inspectors to dismantle its chemical weapons program. And Putin obtained yet another important diplomatic victory by persuading the Ukrainian president to stay out of the EU.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira
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  1. 1.Emeritus professor for HistoryUniversity of BrasíliaSt. Leon-RotGermany

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