Is The UK Manufacturing Its Nerve Agent Case For 'Action' On Russia?

Authored by Nafeez Ahmed via Oriental Review,

The official claim that ‘Novichok’ points solely to Russia has been discredited...

On Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that former Russian spy, Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with “a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia” known as ‘Novichok’.

The chemical agent was identified by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. May referred to the British government’s “knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so” as a basis to conclude that Russia’s culpability in the attack “is highly likely.”

On these grounds, she claimed that only two scenarios are possible:

“Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others.”

The British government’s line has been chorused uncritically by the entire global press corps, with little scrutiny of its plausibility.

But there is a problem: far from offering a clear-cut evidence-trail to Vladimir Putin’s chemical warfare labs, the use of Novichok in the nerve gas attack on UK soil points to a wider set of potential suspects, of which Russia is in fact the least likely.

Russia did actually destroy its nerve agent capabilities according to the OPCW

Yet a concerted effort is being made to turn facts on their head.

No clearer sign of this can be found than in the statement by Ambassador Peter Wilson, UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in which he claimed that Russia has “failed for many years” to fully disclose its chemical weapons programme.

Wilson was parroting a claim made a year earlier by the US State Department that Russia had not made a complete declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile: “The United States cannot certify that Russia has met its obligations under the Convention.”

Yet these claims are contradicted by the OPCW itself, which in September 2017 declared that the independent global agency had rigorously verified the completed destruction of Russia’s entire chemical weapons programme, including of course its nerve agent production capabilities.

OPCW Director-General, Ahmet Üzümcü, congratulated Russia with the following announcement:

“The completion of the verified destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons programme is a major milestone in the achievement of the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. I congratulate Russia and I commend all of their experts who were involved for their professionalism and dedication. I also express my appreciation to the States Parties that assisted the Russian Federation with its destruction program and thank the OPCW staff who verified the destruction.”

The OPCW’s press statement confirmed that:

“The remainder of Russia’s chemical weapons arsenal has been destroyed at the Kizner Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in the Udmurt Republic. Kizner was the last operating facility of seven chemical weapons destruction facilities in Russia. The six other facilities (Kambarka, Gorny, Maradykovsky, Leonidovka, Pochep and Shchuchye) completed work and were closed between 2005 and 2015.”

The OPCW’s reports on Russia confirm that the agency found no evidence of the existence of an active Novichok programme. It should be noted that Dr. Robin M. Black, formerly of Porton Down’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the OPCW. And a scientific review by Dr. Black also raised doubts about Novichok, noting that its properties and structures had not been independently confirmed.

So in short, the OPCW does not agree with the vague US and British insistence that Russia failed to declare all its chemical weapons stockpiles and facilities, and does not agree with the insistence that Novichok stockpiles or production facilities still exist in Russia. But it seems that neither does His Excellency Peter Wilson himself.

Amb. Peter Wilson (United Kingdom)

In a statement to the OPCW in November 2017, Ambassador Wilson congratulated the OPCW on verifying the complete destruction of Russia’s chemical weapons programme with high praise for its director, Ahmet Üzümcü. Wilson listed the latter’s numerous achievements including:

“… the completion of the verified destruction of Russia’s declared chemical weapons programme.”

He did not say anything about Russia’s actions being incomplete, or OPCW’s actions being inadequate. So how credible is his recent insinuation that the OPCW’s position is wrong?

Arguably, not very. The lack of credibility of the Anglo-American critique of Russia’s destruction of its chemical weapons was called out in a detailed report by the respected Clingandael Institute of International Relations. The report, co-funded by the European Union, criticised the United States for adopting an unhelpful politicised approach to the chemical weapons issue in relation to Russia, while hypocritically delaying its own compliance obligations, all of which was done in a manner which bypassed OPCW mechanisms. It’s worth reproducing that entire text in full:

“… on a political level there have been some drawbacks. Particularly interesting is that compliance concerns tend to be raised by the US, while this state is itself being criticized for delays in disarmament. In 2005, the US expressed concern about active offensive CW research and development (R&D) programmes, as well as inaccurate declarations regarding past CW transfers and undeclared CW facilities in Russia, China, Iran, Libya and Sudan. The US decided to address these concerns through bilateral channels, rather than directly engaging formal OPCW mechanisms. In the meantime, the US itself has been criticized for exporting arms classified as ‘toxicological agents’ (notably tear gas) to numerous countries in the Middle East (between 2009–13). Since 9/11, the US has also intensified its R&D on non-lethal chemical agents, along with new means of delivery and dispersal. The CWC (Article II, para. 2) does cover chemical compounds with incapacitating or irritant effects… Taken together with the delay in destroying US CW stockpiles, this has taken a toll on the US’ standing within the CWC, undermining its role as a ‘regime hegemon’. Since these compliance concerns remain unresolved, this has also, ipso facto, affected the authority of the CWC, and hence the OPCW.”

At this point, neither the US nor Britain have offered any actual evidence as to why the OPCW’s verification process regarding Russia’s dismantlement of its chemical weapons capability should be disbelieved. They have provided no evidence that Russia retains any Novichok stockpiles.

The OPCW is, of course, the same agency whose independent investigations the West is relying on to determine culpability in major chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Why, then, would the OPCW’s conclusions on Syria be considered gospel truth, while its conclusions on Russia be rejected?

Other states have Novichok capabilities, but the British government doesn’t want to investigate them

The OPCW’s authoritative verdict on Russia’s now destroyed chemical weapons capabilities should be enough to give anyone pause for thought in rushing to judgement concerning Russian responsibility for the Novichok attack.

Instead, the British government appears to have no interest in investigating the fact that there are other state agencies with significant nerve agent capabilities. Like its ally, the United States.

Under Boris Yeltsin, who won Russian elections thanks to Western covert meddling, the Russian government had declared that it was not stockpiling Novichok. This is why Yeltsin did not report Novichok’s existence under chemical-weapons conventions at the time — because the official Russian position was that the stockpiles no longer existed. Yeltsin’s Western allies did not disagree at the time.

On the contrary, the Americans were involved in the dismantlement of Russia’s remaining Novichok capabilities.

In August 1999, as the BBC reported, US defence experts arrived in Uzbekistan to help “dismantle and decontaminate one of the former Soviet Union’s largest chemical weapons testing facilities.” The facility was known as “a major research site for a new generation of secret, highly lethal chemical weapons, known as Novichok”, and provided the US ample opportunity to learn about this nerve agent and reproduce it for testing and defence purposes.

But it is not just the US. According to Craig Murray — former US Ambassador to Uzbekistan and prior to that a longtime career diplomat in the UK Foreign Office who worked across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia — the British government itself has advanced capabilities in Novichok:

“The ‘novochok’ group of nerve agents — a very loose term simply for a collection of new nerve agents the Soviet Union were developing fifty years ago — will almost certainly have been analysed and reproduced by Porton Down. That is entirely what Porton Down is there for. It used to make chemical and biological weapons as weapons, and today it still does make them in small quantities in order to research defences and antidotes. After the fall of the Soviet Union Russian chemists made a lot of information available on these nerve agents. And one country which has always manufactured very similar persistent nerve agents is Israel.”

But the British government doesn’t want to investigate Porton Down, not even to rule out the possibility that it may have ‘lost control’ of some of its Novichok stockpiles.

Porton Down: proudly experimenting with nerve gas on the British public from the 1950s to 1989

Porton Down, Salisbury, the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Perhaps the government is worried about what it might actually discover if it asks too many questions about Porton Down itself.

The facility has a somewhat chequered history in relation to the abuse of chemical and biological weapons programmes that has been largely forgotten. This history illustrates that the British government has not at all been averse to using chemical and biological weapons on its own population, just to see what happens.

Two years ago, the Independent reported on new historical research which found that during the Cold War, the British government “used the general public as unwitting biological and chemical warfare guinea pigs on a much greater scale than previously thought.”

Over 750 secret operations had been carried out on “hundreds of thousands of ordinary Britons” involving “biological and chemical warfare attacks launched from aircraft, ships and road vehicles.”

“British military aircraft dropped thousands of kilos of a chemical of ‘largely unknown toxic potential’ on British civilian populations in and around Salisbury in Wiltshire, Cardington in Bedfordshire and Norwich in Norfolk… Substantial quantities were also dispersed across parts of the English Channel and the North Sea. It’s not known the extent to which coastal towns in England and France were affected… commuters on the London underground were also used as guinea pigs on a substantially larger scale than previously thought. The new research has discovered that a hitherto unknown biological warfare field trial was carried out in the capital’s tube system in May 1964. The secret operation — carried out by scientists from the government’s chemical and biological warfare research centre at Porton Down, Wiltshire — involved the release of large quantities of bacteria called Bacillus globigii…”

The new research also shows that many of the British scientists involved “had grave misgivings about the field trials… some had long felt that it was not politically advisable to conduct large-scale trials in Britain with live bacterial agents.” Such reservations did not stop the government from authorising these dangerous experiments.

Porton Down also conducted extensive nerve agent tests on British soldiers around this time.

Less well-known, though, is the fact that members of the British armed forces “were experimented on with Sarin, the deadly nerve gas, as late as 1983 at the Government’s defence research centre at Porton Down,” according to Ministry of Defence documents obtained by The Telegraph. Operation Antler, as the police investigation into the experiments was called, found that the nerve agent trials had gone on as late as 1989.

A secret British intelligence unit is actively arranging ‘honey trap’ propaganda operations to incriminate ‘adversaries’

There are strong reasons, then, not to fall slavishly in line with the British government’s rush to judgement on Russia.

But this is particularly the case given what we now know about British intelligence service’s disinformation intent and capabilities when dealing with “adversaries.”

National Security Agency documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that a secret British intelligence unit, Joint Threat Research and Intelligence Group (JTRIG), uses a range of “dirty tricks” against “nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets into ‘honey traps,’” according to a NBC News investigation.

Although much of the focus of these operations is online, they also include the goal of “having an impact in the real world” and “using online techniques to make something happen in the real or online world.” The modus operandi is to “destroy, deny, degrade [and] disrupt” enemies by “discrediting” them and planting misinformation designed to look like actions were performed by them.

Propaganda campaigns can use deception, mass messaging and “pushing stories” via Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. One section of the document explains that such influence operations can involve direct efforts to manipulate people’s behaviour into compromising situations:

“Honey trap; a great option. Very successful when it works.

– Get someone to go somewhere on the internet, or a physical location to be met by a ‘friendly face’.

– JTRIG has the ability to ‘shape’ the environment on occasions.”

Such capabilities and operations of deception at the heart of the British state raise perfectly reasonable questions about whether the UK’s intelligence services are deliberately seeking to pin the blame on Russia for geopolitical reasons — or perhaps, even, to distract from scrutiny of allies who might be legitimate suspects.

According to former British diplomat Craig Murray, for instance, it is more reasonable to cast the net of suspicion onto Israel for many of the same reasons cited by the British government:

“Israel has the nerve agents. Israel has Mossad which is extremely skilled at foreign assassinations. Theresa May claimed Russian propensity to assassinate abroad as a specific reason to believe Russia did it. Well Mossad has an even greater propensity to assassinate abroad. And while I am struggling to see a Russian motive for damaging its own international reputation so grieviously, Israel has a clear motivation for damaging the Russian reputation so grieviously. Russian action in Syria has undermined the Israeli position in Syria and Lebanon in a fundamental way, and Israel has every motive for damaging Russia’s international position by an attack aiming to leave the blame on Russia.”

Murray further points out that it is unlikely the Russians “waited eight years to do this, they could have waited until after their World Cup.” Similarly, it makes little sense to suddenly assassinate a “swapped spy” who had already served his time and been living out in the open for years in London.

Murray is no blind Russiaphile, and so his critical analysis cannot be dismissed on grounds of partisanship. He describes himself as “someone who believes that agents of the Russian state did assassinate Litvinenko, and that the Russian security services carried out at least some of the apartment bombings that provided the pretext for the brutal assault on Chechnya. I believe the Russian occupation of Crimea and parts of Georgia is illegal.”

But he cautions that, given the severe lack of credible evidence on this case, he is “alarmed by the security, spying and armaments industries’ frenetic efforts to stoke Russophobia and heat up the new cold war.”

Indeed, INSURGE just reported on an extensive US Army study published last year which not only stated quite unequivocally that NATO expansionism is the main driver of Russian belligerence, but that NATO’s main interest has always been to rollback Russia’s regional influence so that the West can dominate Central Asian natural resources and oil pipeline routes.

The document recommended that in 2018, the US should consider pursuing a concerted covert “information” campaign to undermine Putin.

Is this what we are seeing play out right now as Theresa May rushes to punish Putin?

This leaves us with the following. The actual history of Novichok shows that out of the countries discussed here, Russia is the only state to have been certified by the OPCW as having destroyed its chemical weapons programme, including its nerve agent capabilities. The OPCW found no evidence to indicate that Russia retains an active Novichok capability. The same is not the case for the US, Britain and Israel.

There is no legitimate reason for the British authorities to rule out that any of these states could have at the very least ‘lost control’ of their nerve agent stockpiles. The fact that the government chose, instead, to shut down all avenues of inquiry other than to claim falsely that the “only possibility” is for all roads to lead to Russia, demonstrates that we are almost certainly in the midst of a concerted state propaganda operation.

It may turn out that Russia did indeed carry out the Novichok attack. But at this time, the British state has no real basis to presume this. Which implies that the state has already decided that it wants to manufacture a path to heightened hostilities with Russia, regardless of the evidence. And that does not bode well.

Comments

Slack Jack Pandelis Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:50 Permalink

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: "This is the first offensive use of a nerve agent on alliance territory since NATO's foundation..."

Yeah right,... Stoltenberg is a total MORON.

Notice that the toxic substance is always "a nerve agent".

I guess that is because they don't actually know what it is. Why not name it? [Probably, they don't name it because they know this is a false flag and they don't want to be pinned down over details.]

And if they don't actually know what it is, then they don't know who manufactured it, or where.

They also discount the possibility of a false flag (and given that we have seen false flag, after false flag, after false flag, for more than twenty years now, doing so is incredibly stupid (or deliberate)).

May & Stoltenberg etc are total MORONS, or worse.

And: "The substance used is one of the most toxic ever developed."

Yeah right,... But no one died from the event.

If it had been as toxic as the nerve gases, Sarin, Tabun, etc,... then everyone who came into contact with it would have died.

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Gardentoolnumber5 JimmyJones Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:24 Permalink

Right! It's all Iraq WMD with a spin. It's all just a matter of gauging how gullible the sheep are. If not taking hold then it is on to the next "atrocity" in Syria committed at the hands of dastardly Iranians. Maybe it is the Russian "invasion" of Crimea. The propaganda never ends. It only changes locations on who we are supposed to hate on next. The real enemies are the ones producing and spreading the propaganda.

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Slack Jack Gardentoolnumber5 Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:49 Permalink

I see that the "nerve agent" suddenly has a name. It is a Novichok nerve agent.

Supposedly some Novichok variants are five to eight times more potent than VX,.... but no one effected by the substance died.

This is a big problem for the false-flag people. No one died. If it had been just a few tiny drops of your standard nerve gases, like Sarin, or VX, people would have died.

The Brits, or Yanks, and others know the chemical formula, because Mirzayanov told them, so with a bit of effort they could synthesize the substance themselves.

Mind you they don't even have to bother doing this because they could just ask Mirzayanov how to make the stuff.

Since the Russians charged Mirzayanov with treason and he now lives in exile in the U.S. he would find it hard to say no.

The British poisonings are most likely a false flag operation.

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Socratic Dog DillyDilly Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

False Flag ops just don't get any more obvious than this one.  It's screaming from the rooftops.

I was thinking about this 'WWIII" push today, and it occurred to me that the simplest explanation is probably the correct one.  All wars are banker's wars.  The world's economy is on the verge of disaster, not good for bankers.  The traditional remedy has been war.  Why would they stop doing something that has always worked to date?  Get a war going, bankroll both sides, end up owning everything, as usual.  Bankroll the rebuilding, of course.  All the other good reasons (from a jewish perspective) to start war between the few remaining whites on earth (we're about 7% of the world's population), and in Syria/Iran, are probably secondary to this one.

Woarrr!

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Sir Edge Socratic Dog Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:01 Permalink

 

""""According to former British diplomat Craig Murray, for instance, it is more reasonable to cast the net of suspicion onto Israel for many of the same reasons cited by the British government......

“Israel has the nerve agents. Israel has Mossad which is extremely skilled at foreign assassinations. Theresa May claimed Russian propensity to assassinate abroad as a specific reason to believe Russia did it. Well Mossad has an even greater propensity to assassinate abroad. And while I am struggling to see a Russian motive for damaging its own international reputation so grieviously, Israel has a clear motivation for damaging the Russian reputation so grieviously. Russian action in Syria has undermined the Israeli position in Syria and Lebanon in a fundamental way, and Israel has every motive for damaging Russia’s international position by an attack aiming to leave the blame on Russia.”"""

Finally...

We Have Israel Being Called Out For Their War Crimes... By British Diplomats...

It's About F*ckin Time

 
Edgey...

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Squid-puppets … Slack Jack Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:30 Permalink

Zero Hedgelings. I'm disappointed in you lot. normally you are dot connectors par-excellence 

Who has motivation to kill a Russian implicated in creating the now discredited 'Steele Trump-Russia Dossier'  ?

Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

It covers her tracks, and in blaming it on Russia it continues the smokescreen that been ongoing since Trump's election

 

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veritas semper… Squid-puppets … Fri, 03/16/2018 - 20:14 Permalink

Zero Hedgelings. I'm disappointed in you lot. normally you are dot connectors par-excellence 

Who has motivation to kill a Russian implicated in creating the now discredited 'Steele Trump-Russia Dossier'  ?

Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

It covers her tracks, and in blaming it on Russia it continues the smokescreen that been ongoing since Trump's election

 

 

But the big question is : Why does The Donald go along with it ?

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Arrow4Truth Pandelis Fri, 03/16/2018 - 10:04 Permalink

Buffoon is good, I like jester better, but clown is the best. The simple question is, "Where should the power lie?" The pope? Beth? The Common-wealth? How does anything a "common" Brit does (other than harm another) become a concern of theirs? They come-off as acting in the best interest of the British people but have they ever specifically asked them? Yet they scuttle about making unfounded accusations which could result in the destruction of lives and property... in the interest of the "common Brit". A bad smell is emanating from Downing Street... the same smell that is present in the District of Criminals.

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wildbad Spaced Out Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:00 Permalink

of course it is ridiculous to think that Britain would attack Russia.  What is more likely is that the puppetmasters (USA Deep State NWO globalists) are pressuring Britain to push this narrative in order to lend fake international credence for the coming attack by NATO et al.

 

Trump is currently dissembling the terror network which has been cloaked as National Governments for the past 50+ years.

 

The nightmare scenario for those involved in this most massive treachery in world history, is to be exposed.  This is coming and their only possible way out is to create an event of such proportion that all of these running actions will have to take a back seat.

 

That means increasingly WAR for them.  They have done this in the past and will do it again.  Fake WMD in Iraq, Fake Goulf of Tonkin, Fake Sysrian gas attacks...Russia is just the latest of their evil.

 

qanon.pub

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PrivetHedge wildbad Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:58 Permalink

"of course it is ridiculous to think that Britain would attack Russia"

May actually IS attacking Russia with a combinations of sanctions, deportations, asset thefts and via the zioMedia.

The pharisees in Tel Aviv/Mordor (Moloch) have given their orders and the brainless bint is doing her very best to betray her voters and country with these new attacks.

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Bondosaurus Rex Spaced Out Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:06 Permalink

Albert Einstein Quotes. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Because you resorted to personal insults it shows that you already lost. You went to a shithole school obviously because you confuse wit and sarcasm. Sarcasm is sugar coated hatred. Wit is the use of higher functioning communication skills to convey a meaningful idea. So my guess is you are a liberal art major with no military training and no real assets to speak of. You failed history and took the soft classes that gave you good grades and helped you to think you are smart. This space is for adults to enjoy banter please go back to the children's table and play with your phone.

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new game Bondosaurus Rex Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:05 Permalink

i like simple, if not, then something obvious is missing.

could it be an elephant in the gymnasium?

this is simple shit.

all this history

and

we can't figure it out?

one big lol.

complicated by fools, that unfortunately they have a voice.

only fools listen to fools...

some of these fools are not fools, but tools.

the truth is self evident

the saker sums it up in an eloquent article.

he doesn't explore the entirety of it by probing to the top.

i will go through today's deliveries and try to see i can "identify"

one person that gets it. one is the goal today.

i expect to strike out. zero

and that is reality.

scary shit maynard

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Pandelis Haus-Targaryen Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:36 Permalink

the french yes, the only reason being at the time was the Czar; but with germans the main purpose was to create havoc and kill as many germans, russians and so on ... and pretty much they achieved their objectives offer to satan.

 

this late exercise is mostly to divert attention ... while they talk about this ... pay attention at what the magician is doing with the other hand on Brexit

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FBaggins Haus-Targaryen Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:09 Permalink

This is mainly about Russia's continued support for Syria and the interruption of the US, UK, Israeli led regime-change  campaign in the ME.  The US, UK, Israeli axis is intending to escalate the conflict and partition the nation.  Russia and Syria will not back down and if they do then it is Iran and after Iran there will be no nation on earth to resist the aggression. If our nations want war they will get it and I hope for a change that our young will have the sense to resist and refuse to fight in another war of aggression over greed.    

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DaiRR Pandelis Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:56 Permalink

Pro-Iranian Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed is ALWAYS the alternative conspiracy theorist who has great talent promoting Progressive Liberal, Pro-Russian and Pro-Persian causes and memes.  From his one room "institute" he manufactures prodigious amounts of propaganda.  Nafeez the propagandist would make Joseph Goebbels blush.  Kudos Nafeez, you're a master, albeit one dependent upon faulty assumptions ad infinitum.

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PrivetHedge DaiRR Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:03 Permalink

Call him what you like but he's citing evidence and history that you cannot escape.

Even if a circus clown presents a fact - that doesn't stop it being a fact.

You're just a mad pharisee because your propaganda and lies have been washed away by a little evidence and reasoning: as is always the way.

Go back to your dead end occult hole and think about what Israel is doing to the world and how you personally are now prevented from travelling to thousands of places that only 20 years ago you could have gone to without fear. Is that really a victory?

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