- BBC News showed footage of tour of destroyed Barza facility
- Barza said to be major chemical and bio weapon facility
- Barza hit by more missiles than any other during weekend’s strikes
- protective equipment conspicuous by its absence
The BBC does not often help expose government fiction these days, but with the help of a video clip provided by CBS News it did so today – although of course without drawing attention to what it had just revealed.
BBC News continued to cover the attacks on Syria extensively and its coverage included – as an example of the claims by Syrian officials that innocent facilities had been destroyed – a video of a US journalist visiting the Barza laboratory that was razed during the weekend’s missile strikes by American, British and French forces.
It was – perhaps inadvertently – extremely revealing:
The destroyed facility was supposedly a key centre for Syrian research, development and testing of chemical and biological weapons, which would have been blown into the surrounding environment by the multiple explosions – Barza took fifty-seven of the roughly one hundred missile strikes launched.
Remember – chemical and biological weapons, including potentially nerve agents that require only a tiny fraction of a gram to be lethal such as sarin, which Syria is alleged to have used previously.
Yet the rescuers and firefighters shown in the video – along with the journalist and the professor accompanying him – are wearing no protective equipment.
Not even a simple face-mask.
Both the Syrian scientist and the journalist blithely pick up debris around the site, when many toxins can be absorbed through the skin and weaponised biological agents would be just as easy to pick up.
The Skripals might have survived the Salisbury toxin absorbed through their hands, but it made them extremely ill – so it seems the CBS correspondent was just as confident as the locals that there were no toxic substances in the wreckage.
This BBC did not pick up on this obvious feature of the video.
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