The Skripal Case Is Being Pushed Down The Memory Hole With Libya and Aleppo

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On the fourth of March, in the sleepy British cathedral town of Salisbury, an ex-spy named Sergei Skripal was poisoned by an assassin with the most deadly nerve agent known to man.

The Russian government was immediately blamed by a shocked and outraged world. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured the people of Great Britain that “There’s no doubt” that Moscow was responsible. In a large and sudden leap forward in cold war escalations, Russian diplomats were thrown out of countries all around the globe, including my own Australia, in a show of solidarity with the United Kingdom. It was the largest collective ejection of Russian diplomats in history.

Two months after his earth-shattering assassination, as the world stared spellbound at the weekend’s immensely popular PR spectacle of a royal wedding, Sergei Skripal was quietly discharged from the hospital he’d been staying at. The BBC reports that he is walking and approaching complete recovery.

Wait a second. Haven’t I seen this Python skit before?

So to recap, an ex-spy who had been retired and strategically irrelevant for years was reportedly poisoned by the Kremlin with Novichok, a scary Russian-sounding word which refers to a group of extremely deadly and fast-acting nerve agents that start shutting down the body’s muscles and respiratory system within 30 seconds to two minutes.

Except in the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia it was several hours with a leisurely stroll, a meal, and beers in between.

The poison was placed in Yulia Skripal’s suitcase. Actually no, they got that wrong, it was the air vents in their car. Wait, no, that doesn’t work either. Maybe it was administered via weaponized miniature drone! Wait, no, it wasthe family’s car door handle. Actually, scratch that, it was the front door of the house. Definitely the front door of the house. We’re absolutely sure. Either that or Sergei Skripal’s favorite Russian cereal. They were given 100 grams of Novichok. Wait, no, that’s ridiculous, we retract that. Okay, maybe we have no idea what happened. Oh hey, their pets were completely unaffected by the poison. Let’s incinerate them.

Oh, and Johnson’s claim that the Porton Down laboratory had assured him “There’s no doubt” that Russia was behind the poisoning? Turns out that was just a bald-faced lie; Porton Down said no such thing and it was never its job to make such an assessment. Johnson lied, and both the Foreign Office and British mainstream media attempted to cover it up; tweets were deleted, transcripts were re-written, and narratives were given a good spin of historic revisionism by asserting that the UK government’s unequivocal insistence that the Kremlin poisoned the Skripals had been merely a “suggestion”.

And now both Sergei and Yulia Skripal, alleged victims of a poisoning by highly trained assassins using the deadliest nerve agent ever created, are doing fine. 

But you’re still supposed to fear and hate Russia. Just don’t think too hard about it or remember too much.

Remember Aleppo?

I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t; corporate media outlets hardly ever talk about it anymore. It’s almost like they want us to forget the horror stories they told us about how the city that had been occupied by good, noble freedom fighters was about to be taken by an army of depraved psychopaths who wanted to rape women, burn children alive, and shoot civilians in their homes. Back at the tail end of 2016, though, it was all you ever heard about. The “fall of Aleppo”, they called it. If the west didn’t intervene to stop Damascus and Moscow from retaking East Aleppo from the good-hearted rebels, everyone there would be raped, tortured, and butchered by the soulless army of the Syrian government.

Well, Moscow and Damascus did recapture East Aleppo, and it turns out that everything we were told about it was a lie. The atrocities the Syrian Arab Army were accused of intending to commit proved to be completely unfounded, those “freedom fighters” were predominantly cruel Al Qaeda affiliates, and the city is now thriving and bustling with busy marketplaces. But after all the constant apocalyptic alarmism, the mass media outlets who’d been warning of all the horrific crimes against humanity which would surely be committed after the “fall of Aleppo” forgot all about the city once they were proven completely wrong about everything.

Aleppo was pushed down the memory hole. It’s a non-thing now. Turns out Gary Johnson was ahead of the curve.

How about Libya? Remember Libya? Libya’s that country that got pushed down the memory hole the second the western empire got the regime change it was after. Before Muammar Gaddafi was mutilated in the streets to the sadistic cackles of Hillary Clinton, we were all told with increasing urgency that humanitarian interventionism was needed because Gaddafi’s troops are doing evil things like taking Viagra to help them commit mass rapes against Libyan civilians. Now Gaddafi is dead, we know that both thecase for humanitarian interventionism and the Viagra-for-rape stories were lies, and Libya is a humanitarian disaster with an open slave trade after western interventionism created a failed state.

Where are all those cries for humanitarian interventionism in Libya now? Now that the nation is infinitely worse off than it was under Gaddafi?

Doesn’t matter. Memory hole.

Time and time again, we’re fed these deceitful narratives to manufacture support for the agendas of the western war machine, and when the truth begins to surface that we were lied to once again, the news churn moves on and we’re distracted with something else as the old narrative is shuffled back beyond the reach of memory.

Maybe a year or two later we wonder to ourselves “I wonder what ever happened with that major news story? I should google it,” but nothing comes up and most of us shrug and move on.

And now a very suspicious and possibly Christopher Steele-related silence has descended on the matter of the Skripals, to the point where Sergei himself can walk out of the hospital and barely cause a blip in the news, and nobody can talk to either of them but everyone pretends that’s perfectly normal. This case which points very clearly to a mountain of lies and cover-ups by the British government and its affiliates is now being shuffled out of the news cycle and replaced with vapid nonsense about Meghan’s dress and Trump’s latest obnoxious tweet.

But we won’t let them forget. We won’t let the world forget that these steadily increasing imperialist escalations against Russia and its allies were given a hefty bump by lies about what happened in Salisbury. There are plenty of people on alternative media like me who will keep pointing at that big dark hole of unanswered questions and yelling “Hey! What about all those lies you guys told us about the Skripals?”

This one isn’t going down the memory hole, guys. There are some turds that just won’t flush. This one’s staying around forever. We’ll keep reminding everyone. We won’t let anyone forget.


uhland62 Bigly Fri, 05/25/2018 - 02:33 Permalink

other names were jonathan b. tucker, david kelly, michael hastings. 

Maybe Skripal was not 'cooperative' enough in the investigation re Malaysian airliner coming down on Ukraine. He would be a very useful witness, but you can't just pressure him. That would be too obvious; with the daughter there it distracts.

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Heros Bigly Fri, 05/25/2018 - 03:19 Permalink

"His name was seth rich"

(((Seth Rich))) was a dual citizen and had served in the IDF.  He was in on the entire Hillary fraud, and got knocked off because he was a risk to the operation.  Jewish Mafia cleaning house.

This is Bnai-Brith/ADL doing their work, they have been at it for centuries.

Here is a great Tim Kelly podcast on their operations:

"Jeremy Rothe-Kushel and Greg McCarron return to Our Interesting Times to discuss their recent show on the ugly history of the ADL/B'nai Brith, the Civil War, and Freemasonry."…


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JerseyJoe Fri, 05/25/2018 - 02:11 Permalink

The DNC wants to memory hole lots of stuff that Obama did...and Hillary and DoJ and their FBI plants...and Brennen... and Clapper and all those gutted dem shitholes around the US.

Boeing Boy Fri, 05/25/2018 - 03:06 Permalink

She appeared on UK TV yesterday with a scar from her tracheotomy she described how painful her treatment was and how slow.  She said some day she would like to go to Russia again, widely interpreted as a forced positive to reduce the chance of Putin sending another assassin to kill her in the future.  Russia and Putin 100% guilty as charged.  She will NEVER go home to Russia and must now live in fear of her life.  Putin KILLS his political opponents. This article is delusional bullshit.

deadcat2 Boeing Boy Fri, 05/25/2018 - 04:09 Permalink

Well, the Russians certainly took their time about trying to kill Mr Skripal. They had him in a Russian prison for six years and he has been living quite openly in the UK for eight years. Now, when apparently as you foolishly say they try to kill him with a deadly nerve agent, they mess this up as well. 

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WTFUD Fri, 05/25/2018 - 04:17 Permalink

That lone-wolf freaks ( or State Sponsored False-Flag Events ) would choose to shoot up schools rather than BLOW-UP MSM Propaganda Outlets/Federal Buildings is testimony to how far The Great Unwashed are behind the curve.

not-me---it-wa… Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:31 Permalink

what difference, at this point, does it make?

the story has been written, repeated endlessly on the talking heads newsfotainment shows, with no critical analysis allowed.

it has seeped into the public unconsciousness, and is now a "fact" like so many others that have been enshrined in the official narrative.

and now we know.  putin is a nazi who tried to gas his own people with 6,000,000 grams of numchucks.

Davidduke2000 Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:31 Permalink

Now that the skripal case is dying down , the old story about a plane that was shot by ukraine is surfacing again blaming Russia for using missiles that were in use after the shooting and the Netherland and australia are asking for compensations from Russia.

Putin has to destroy the ukrainian army and render it incapable of fighting to set an example to the americans and the brits.

risk.averse Davidduke2000 Fri, 05/25/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

...and how interesting and convenient is the timing of this MH370 story resurfacing. Just a couple of weeks before Russia stages a massively important, globally significant event, the football (soccer) World Cup. Russia’s enemies would like nothing better than to see it embarrassed by protests, finger-pointing and blaming/shaming on a world stage. The MSM are already cranking up the wattage on the confected outrage.


They will love it if theres a boycott or two (or twenty!). Mark my words: this World Cup will be a huge propaganda football...nevermind the actual round ball.

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just the tip Fri, 05/25/2018 - 06:32 Permalink

an ex-spy named Sergei Skripal was poisoned by an assassin with the most deadly nerve agent known to man.

stopped reading there.

a couple of days ago, there was an article here at ZH said the nerve agent was not the type that would kill someone.  but i'm sure those who do read the article will find out what it's like to push something down the memory hole while holding on to a past narrative.