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The OPCW yesterday announced it was about to enter Syria. US media spent today not covering this critical fact. I put it atop news release today. As much as anything else โ€” as with the US attacks on Iraq โ€” the targets are law, inspections, open process. accuracy.org/release/inspecโ€ฆ
I was alerted to this by Noam Chomsky who really deserves the credit here. He was totally spot on. I donโ€™t think he would mind if I shared his note from yesterday afternoon to me:
The dynamic here is similar to how US gov ensured UN inspectors left Iraq just before major bombing by Clinton in 1998 and invasion by Bush in 2003.
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BREAKING: The White House has said that US President #Trump is canceling his upcoming South America trip to remain in the US "to oversee the American response to Syria." - @NBCNews
This sounds like the US is planning to strike #Syria and Trump will remain in the US to closely monitor responses by #Russia. This is terrible.
BREAKING - British forces are now mobilizing at their bases in #Cyprus for strikes against #Syria. It appears very likely that the US, France and U.K. will strike Syria in the next 24 hours. This is dreadful.
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Here goes Nikki.. time to play my violin slowly and mournfully while she lies through her teeth... #UNSC #Syria
Nikki: "Mumble mumble mumble Russia mumble Russia Russia. Mumble Russia Russia mumble Russia..." #UNSC #Syria
The UK dare lecture Russia and Syria on open and independent investigations... that is laughable... #UNSC #Syria
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The representative for the #Netherlands is trying to shame #Russia into not using its veto to defend Bashar al-Asad's "mass atrocities". Best of luck ....
Amb. @nikkihaley asked about gas attacks and then attacks on the first-responders: "Who does this? Only a monster does this."

#Russia's hands are "covered in the blood of Syrian children", the Ambassador says, and "cannot be ashamed ... we have tried that before."
Amb. @nikkihaley attacks #Russia for its backing of #Asad, something "no civilized government" would do; its help in directing the siege-and-starve campaigns in #Syria; and its assistance to the broader war crimes.

The U.S. "will not be held hostage" to Moscow's veto.
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Critically ill Russian national is 66yo Sergei Skripal, former intel colonel/double agent granted refuge in UK after a 2010 "spy swap" between US & Russia. He and a woman were apparently poisoned in/near Salisbury shopping center. bbc.in/2D2oj7X
Ex-Russian spy & daughter 'poisoned' in UK sparks fears of another Kremlin-backed hit. Investigators scrambling to identify the chemical used. Skripal feared for his life after his wife died in a car crash & his son was killed in a road incident.. thesun.co.uk/news/5733372/sโ€ฆ
UK warns Kremlin over poisoning of ex-spy Skripal & his daughter. Recalling Litvinenko murder, FM Johnson said UK was "in the lead across the world" in trying to counteract a "host of malign activity" by Russia.

Skripal's brother, son & wife have been killed in the last 2 year.
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