Macron: "France Will Strike" If Chemical Weapons Used In Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is prepared to "strike" Syria if evidence is found to support claims that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians, though noted that French intelligence agencies do not have any such proof.


On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line,” Macron told reporters in Paris on Tuesday. “Today, our agencies, our armed forces have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population.”

“We have some indications of possible chlorine use [in Syria], but we have no absolute confirmation... So we, alongside the others, are working on trying to confirm this, as we clearly have to get the facts straight.” -French Defense Minister Florence Parly

Facilities used to store and "originate" chemical weapons shipments would be the primary targets, said the French President, who also told reporters that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of France's plans during a phone call last Friday. 

I've reiterated it to President Putin, asking to make it very clear to the Syrian regime, which has reaffirmed that it does not use chemical weapons … but we are watching it,” Macron stated.

Macron's announcement that French intelligence has found no proof of Assad gassing civilians stands in sharp contrast to an April 7, 2017 strike on a suspected sarin gas storage facility at Syria's Shayrat Airbase by the United States, in which President Trump sent 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles with an estimated value of $100 million (taxpayer dollars) in response to an alleged chemical attack which occurred 72 hours prior. Somehow U.S. intelligence was able to fully investigate the attack and determine its provenance - despite conflicting reports in the media over exactly where the attack took place, what type of gas was used, and the number of casualties.

Observant readers will recall that the President's deep state / NeoCon haters such as John McCain and Bill Kristol gave him a nod of approval after Trump disappointed the anti-war contingency of his base.

After initial reports said that sarin gas was used, internet sleuths (along with anyone with more than a few brain cells) noted that "white helmets" were cleaning up bodies without wearing protective safety gear - meaning that they would have been exposed to the Sarin as well. The type of gas used was then changed in official reports to a "sarin-like" compound. 

And as Disobedient Media reported on April 6, a day before the Tomahawk attack, there were several conflicting reports emerging from the April 4 gas attack which should have given President Trump pause to perhaps hold off on his $100 million fireworks display while enjoying "beautiful" chocolate cake with China's Xi Jinping as the bombs were dropping. 

For starters, an anti-Assad reporter on the ground in Syria tweeted that the next day he would be launching a media campaign to cover the airstrikes on the Hama countryside, including the use of chemical weapons he couldn't have known were about to be deployed.

Second, observers noted that three days before the attack, a doctor on the ground in Khan Sheikhoun, Dr. Shajul Isklam, received several shipments of gas masks right before the incident. 

Also noted was the lack of protective safety gear by those cleaning up the bodies. 

Lastly, Moscow claimed at the time of the April 4th attack that Syrian air strikes on the region were intended on destroying chemical arms labs run by anti-Assad forces:

"According to Russian airspace monitoring systems, yesterday between 11.30 and 12.30 local time the Syrian aviation carried out an airstrike on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhun, targeting a major ammunition storage facility of terrorists and a cluster of military hardware. The territory of this storage facility housed workshops to produce projectiles stuffed with toxic agents," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said. (Tass)

Recent allegations

France's refusal to engage in Syria until their intelligence agencies have proof comes on the heels of the latest reported chemical attack in Syria last month - conveyed by controversial sources including the anti-Assad White Helmets NGO and the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). 

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was quick to blame the Syrian government at an international conference held on January 23 in Paris for the "International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons," where Tillerson even blamed Moscow for the alleged January attack despite a lack of evidence. Moscow, in turn, criticized the conference as an attempt to subvert the UN's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. 

According to Russia's Center for Reconciliation in Syria, a source has claimed that the Al-Nusra terrorist group has brought some 20 chlorine canisters into Syria, while the White Helmets have been staging "first aid" drills with "local residents" suffering from poisoning - which some suspect is in preparation for a staged chemical incident which will be used to justify regime change. 

If you'd like to hear more about these questionable sources while also watching a Canadian journalist shut down a smug MSM reporter at the UN, watch here:


Haus-Targaryen Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:46 Permalink

*What he meant to say is "France will strike for about 7 hours until the all-powerful French military runs out of ammunition and then they'll purchase it from their "American friends and allies" who amazingly already have supply ships in the med with the exact ammunition required in the quantities needed for exorbinent premiums."

Shemp 4 Victory quadraspleen Wed, 02/14/2018 - 06:12 Permalink

Anyone remember back in late August 2013 when the chemical weapon hysteria nearly resulted in direct US attacks on Syria? Take a look at this lesson in theatrics to young children, posted in September 2013, that took place at a school run by "moderate rebel" terrorists (note the "Free Syrian Army" flag on the wall).

Because "good terrorists" uphold Western Values® like education.

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Analyse2 wren Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

"They are pros at getting other countries to fight their battles."

Happily for the US the French were at Chesapeake and Yorktown! Otherwise the USA wouldn’t exist then …

According to the British historian Niall Ferguson, since 387 BC, France has fought 168 major wars against such badasses as the Roman Empire, the British Army and the Turkish forces. Their track record isn't too shabby, either: They've won 109, lost 49 and drawn 10 times. This makes France the most successful military power in European history - in terms of number of fought and won …

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Analyse2 bucksnorter Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:21 Permalink

Where does this ugly disdain for the French come from?

Because they surrendered to the Germans in WWII after losing 260,000 men wounded and 108,000 killed during the invasion? The Germans would have walked straight over the British or American armies if any of these places would have been directly adjacent to France.

The US never faced more than 15% of the Wehrmacht – 80% were in the East - when France had to face alone 100% of Hitler's war machine in 1940 – plus 22 Italian divisions in the south.

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Ace006 wren Wed, 02/14/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

The French fought as well as any other troops in WWI. The surrender monkey idea is grossly unfair. Thousands of French troops were killed in WWII before the French surrender. It seems to me they were surprised and outflanked and that was all she wrote, esp. with the Germans new blitzkrieg tactics.

French politics were remarkable in the '30 for their divisiveness, exacerbated by their proportional representation in the legislature. Hence, France was not a unified nation. Much like France now.  And the US.

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Analyse2 Ace006 Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:34 Permalink

"The French fought as well as any other troops in WWI "

It is right, but maybe you don't know at what cost :

More precisely World War I cost France 1,697,800 dead and 4,266,000 wounded (of whom 1.5 million were permanently maimed) and 537,000 made prisoner or missing - exactly 73% of the 8,410,000 men mobilized (for a total population of 40 million). This means that 60% of men between the ages of 18 and 28 died or were permanently maimed.

You can have an idea of what these figures woud represent for the present population of the US:

13,412,000 dead and 33,701,400 wounded (of whom 11,850,000 permanently maimed) and 4,242,000 made prisoner or missing. Can you imagine US reaction to casualties on that scale?

And the French did not surrender (The stupid Jay Leno's style jokes are really not funny) … In fact, these jokes reflect the hate of american warmongers against France. It remains, well alive, even in ZH. They have not forgiven the offence of the firm refusal of the French to join America in Irak, in 2003, and their stale hate still show through "innocent good jokes" about the “surrender monkeys”.

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Slack Jack fx Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:14 Permalink

There are no ancient Jewish cities in Israel,...
but there are lots of ancient Greek cities.

What is weird is this; that 2000 years ago, it seems that there were no people even resembling Jews, in Israel.

It turns out that there is not a single ancient Jewish city in what is now called Israel. There is not a single ancient city where Hebrew characters are used on the statues and buildings. There is not a single ancient city where the buildings are in the ancient Jewish architectural style. In fact, there is not even a category of "ancient Jewish architectural style".

Of course, the Hebrew characters that are desired, are those of the Dead Sea scrolls (supposedly from 2000 years ago), which are essentially the modern Hebrew characters without points.

If you check out all the ancient cities in Israel from 2000 years ago, they are all Greek, and their ruins are still there for you to visit. Their inscriptions are in the Greek script and the buildings are in the ancient Greek architectural styles.

Here is a list of some of the known ancient Greek cities in (and near) Israel; Ecdippa, Seleucia, Ptolemais, Taricheia Arbela, Asochis, Sepphoris, Hippos, Dion, Sycaminum, Bucolon Polis, Itabyrium, Gadara, Abila, Dora, Comus, Gephrus, Crocodilion Polis, Caesarea, Straton's Tower, Narbata, Scythopolis, Pella, Samaria, Amathus, Ragaba, Gerasa, Apollonia, Sicima, Pegae, Joppa, Arimathea, Jamnia, Port of Jamnia, Lydda, Modiin, Aphaerema, Philadelphia, Birtha, Gazara, Beth Horon, Dok, Jericho, Samaga, Esbus, Medaba, Ladder of Tyre, Azotus, Port of Azotus, Accaron, Jerusalem, Ascalon, Anthedon, Gaza, Marissa, Beth Zur, Hebron, Adora, Engeddi.

The ancient Jewish cities in Israel are,....... well there aren't any. Not even one.

Here's an interesting example of a first century BC Greek inscription (i.e., in Greek letters) from Jerusalem's Temple Mount forbidding the entry of strangers to the Temple precinct.

The pictured stone was found in 1935. It was actually the second such warning-stone to be found, the first being discovered by Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau in 1871. It was deemed so dangerous to the "Jews inhabited Israel 2000 years ago" theory, that it completely disappeared for 13 years before resurfacing in Istanbul, where, it was correctly calculated, it would not attract much attention.


The first Jerusalem Temple Mount warning-stone, now found in the Archaeology Museum, Istanbul, is pictured below:

It says (in Greek): "No stranger is to enter within the balustrade round the temple and enclosure. Whoever is caught will be responsible to himself for his death, which will ensue."

Slack Jack's CHALLENGE:

Name ONE ancient city (that existed in what is now called Israel) where the building inscriptions are all in Hebrew, and the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (whatever that may be).

Then give a summary of "the ancient Hebrew architectural style" (you will have to make this up as it does not yet exist).

Then give links to photos of the ancient building inscriptions which show that they are written in Hebrew.

Then show that the buildings are constructed in the ancient Hebrew architectural style (that you have just invented).

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Slack Jack Slack Jack Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:15 Permalink

The Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

The Dead Sea scrolls are a mixture of old documents that were hidden in a number of caves to be miraculously found and used to support the establishment of Israel, a country intended for Jews only.

The main document "finds" were in 1946 and 1947 in caves near the tiny ancient settlement of Qumran.

Israel was created in 1948.

The Dead Sea scrolls are the only really old (well supposedly really old) documents, in the Hebrew characters, that have ever been found. No other really old documents in the Hebrew characters have ever been found.

All other documents in Hebrew characters date from later than 800 AD.

Previous to the "finds", critics had pointed out the late date of all documents in Hebrew characters, and deduced that the Hebrew Old Testament must have been translated from the Greek Old Testament and not the other way round.

Then, low and behold,... a very timely miracle occurs.

The Dead Sea scrolls are "found" and dated to hundreds of years earlier than the oldest previously known documents in Hebrew characters.

Then, it is widely claimed that all the scrolls were produced and hidden in the Qumran caves before 70 AD (the supposed time of the mythical sack of Jerusalem by the Romans).

The critics are not given access to the scrolls nor even photographs of the text, lest they spoil the party.

In fact, for decades, only seven scholars are given access to the scrolls.

This goes on till certain critics are dead and the scrolls have been purged of all anachronisms (like Arabic numerals).

Then, in 1991, only 45 years after their "discovery", the Huntington Library, in San Marino, California, without consent, makes facsimile copies of the scrolls available to all.

So that, in brief, is the Dead Sea scrolls Hoax.

More, however, can be deduced....

One can even guess where the Dead Sea documents came from.

It turns out that some of the Dead Sea documents, for example, the "Damascus Document," are nearly identical to documents from the Genizah collection of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. So, it is likely that many of the Dead Sea scrolls had their source there.

Worldwide, there are ten manuscripts of the "Damascus Document" from the Dead Sea scrolls and two from the Cairo Genizah. This strange distribution is a result of the fraud. The "Damascus Document" was first published in 1910 by Solomon Schechter in "Fragments of a Zadokite Work."

The Ben Ezra Synagogue was established around 900 AD.

Now, the Arabs have ruled Egypt since they defeated the Greek armies around 635 AD.

Now, the synagogue (and its Jews) existed happily, undisturbed, in Cairo, in the midst of the Islamic world.

So, maybe the original Jews were a group of Arabs.

This would explain why Hebrew and Arabic are nearly identical languages.

This would explain why the Hebrew and Islamic religious traditions are very similar.

And, it would also explain why Jews turned up in Spain with the Arabs (Moors).

Another couple of points:

It should also be noted that a few Jewish scholars (in particular, Solomon Zeitlin) have long insisted that the Dead Sea scrolls were a Medieval production. [Zeitlin was a well-known Talmudic scholar and would not claim this unless convinced it was true.]

Internal evidence from the scrolls themselves indicates a Medieval production. See, here.

And, the fact that many scrolls are written on vellum (90% of them) proves these are indeed a Medieval production.

It is estimated that 20 people occupied the site of Qumran (estimated by the number of inhabitants for whom there was room in the buildings). Now these 20 people were not just ordinary people, they read and wrote Greek, Phoenician, Aramaic, Nabataean, and Hebrew documents, like natives, and managed to write learned works on numerous religious topics (about 900 manuscripts were "recovered"; about six hundred separate works), while gathering enough water, and raising enough food, for their survival, in a desert.

Some have tried to claim that as many as 200 lived at Qumran, but most have considered that number ridiculously high.

Anyway, I think it is clear that the Dead Sea scrolls are a bunch of old documents that have been thrown together and sold to a gullible world.

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Ima anal sphincter lurker since 2012 Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

France...... like the good little puppy, does what it is told. We're going to see a duplicate of Libya. "We" didn't actually do most of the dirty work, France did.

These fucks are trying to start a World War. They got their butts kicked and they just can't handle it. Now.... ALL efforts, are being thrown at Syria. Fucking Israhell, U.S.A., and now France are full retard to take another wack at this.

I can only hope Russia and Iran (throw in China too) are ready to completely wipe out any attempts by our "new" axis of evil.

When I see "leaders" of countries willing to sacrifice their own citizens for ideals that are completely false..... I would think his(her) life should be just as expendable by the people when the true motives behind these statements are known.

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peterk Ima anal sphincter Wed, 02/14/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

well said.

Prehaps these so called  leaders we have should  be the first in line to go forth in the  war they so  crave, a bayonet on their shoulders and all.

Instead they sip  wine  in their ivory towers


Only the  BOND market can save us now, if rates  rise it will bankrupt the  world MIC  that currently lives on  debt

The US military bankrupted the USSR... now  its time for the  US military to Bankrupt the USA

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Analyse2 spag Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:50 Permalink

"surrender monkey ate too much cheese, now having delusions of grandeur "

Ah, the 'ol cheap surrender jokes!

In fact these kind of old English racist jokes have been revivified since 2003 by the hate of American warmongers against France, and the hate still persists even in ZH, but the History has proved the French were right.


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