Washington Post contributor David Ignatius has close US intelligence ties. He openly favors arming Syrian death squads. He ignores gruesome atrocities they commit.
He reports what imperial America wants stressed. Facts don't interfere with propaganda. Media scoundrels prioritize it.
On December 19, he headlined "A defector's account of Syrian chemical weapons on the move."
He claims bogus "chilling evidence" that Assad "developed special vehicles (for) moving and mixing the weapons." He cites "unconfirmed allegation(s) that (Hezbollah) may have trained" in their use.
An unnamed Syrian source is cited. Allegedly he has inside information. He took refuge outside the country. An anti-Assad group connected Ignatius and him by phone.
Alleged Iraq defector "Curveball" performed similar services a decade ago. Everything he said was fabricated. Ignatius mentioned him briefly. He accepted his unnamed source's information on good faith.
He checked with "independent sources," he claims. He finds what they said credible. Allegations without proof followed. Doing so doesn't wash.
Chemical weapons use fear mongering is fraudulent. It doesn't deter media scoundrels from hyping it. According to Ignatius' source:
"Technicians constructed a mobile lab that could combine and activate so-called 'binary' chemical weapons agents."
"These mobile mixers were constructed inside Mercedes or Volvo trucks that appeared, from the outside, to be similar to refrigerator trucks."
"Inside were storage tanks, pipes and a motor to drive the mixing machinery."
"The (source) estimated that 10 to 15 of these mobile laboratories had been constructed. An independent source said these numbers were high, but he confirmed that the Syrians do have mobile labs."
These type claims emit a familiar odor. It's too obvious to miss. Ignatius dismisses it. He's confident that enough of what he reported is true.
His evidence is an unnamed source, one or more unnamed independent ones, and his own sense of what's right, wrong, or somewhere in between.
This type trash isn't journalism. It's fearmongering propaganda. We've heard it all before. It proliferates ahead of longstanding war plans. People are manipulated to believe Big Lies. Repeated ad nauseam, most do.