We are bombarded with news of the latest inhuman outrage attributed to those election and power grid hacking Russians. Official statements, from various allies, use carefully worded language that is identical. "Nerve agent of a type developed by Russia." We think,' Aha! The diabolical Russians are at it again.'
Let's look at that statement. "Developed by" does not state that it was made in Russia or actually made by Russian personnel. This is not an accidental wording. This is a carefully crafted statement that appears to leave wiggle room if needed.
'Novichok' nerve agents are supposedly derived from the readily available organophosphate family of pesticides, a family that I delivered by the ton, many years ago. Although no novichoks have ever been identified and the only hearsay evidence of them is from a defector, they are believed to have been developed, by the Russians, to be manufactured by a technician at a bench. They do not require an elaborate factory. They were not actually developed in Russia, but in the Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic. If a sample was analyzed, it is a possibility that trace elements and impurities could suggest an origin, but it is far from a certainty.
An unnamed official, involved in the investigation at the only chemical weapon facility in the UK, Porton Down, claimed that even under immense government pressure, the facility would not budge from the wording "of a type developed by Russia." That already somewhat vague statement would be a bit more precise if the country named was USSR. The caution, exhibited by the chemical lab, was not duplicated by a reckless UK leadership, and a nearly universal western movement to be confrontational with the Russians. Bernays and Goebbels taught us that perceived external threat is best for motivating the populace and stimulating patriotism.
The British Ambassador to Uzbekistan was recalled and dismissed during the mid 2000s after revealing savage human rights abuses by the Uzbek government with United States complicity. That courageous and principled ambassador was Craig Murray. He lost a cushy, prestigious, and lucrative job because he was unable to remain silent in the face of horrific abuses.
The United States took custody of that old Cold War relic facility in Uzbekistan to decontaminate and destroy it. Likely, any nerve agents and precursors were severely degraded but posed an environmental hazard.
Returning to the present, we have a nerve agent that was never made in Russia. The only evidence that it even exists is the account of a defector. Any competent chemist, with the formula, could produce it on a kitchen table with readily available precursors. Any original stocks would be severely degraded and have passed through the custody of the Uzbeks and Americans.
On his blog, Craig Murray likens this to WMD scam 2.0. If there is anyone who would recognize skullduggery and dirty tricks, it would be the principled human rights activist, Craig Murray.
We are being prepared for something big. Let us hope that it doesn't take a decade of hindsight to realize that we have been hoodwinked, again. A sycophantic media, along with the usual toadies and provocateurs, have turned up the volume. This has a similar stink to the yellow cake, baby incubators, and mobile WMD labs that helped lure us into a past disaster that most people came to regret.
Consider the facts. Do you trust the same crowd, with their same playbook, or do you trust your own logic and reason? Many people are all worked up into a frenzy and hysteria from this new 'red scare'. Is it justified by the alleged misdeeds? Can you rule out false flag type events? If the Russians are such a fiendish and formidible enemy, how could they be so stupid as to use a nerve agent that the United States was able to study at length, and attribute any use to the Russians? Why not use bullets? Is a failed assassination attempt, of some low-level disgruntled expat, a good enough reason to risk provoking international outcry? A common violent criminal is smarter than that, in most cases.
It appears that most, if not all, chemical and nerve agent attacks are false flag events these days. Only the steady flow, of unverifiable reports of hospital and school attacks, cause a greater reaction than chemical weapons and nerve agents. We have been deceived and lied to before and a wise person would be skeptical.
The age, we live in, provides powerful tools that can be used to shift opinions and mold attitudes. Alternately, we have never had so many opportunities to ferret out the truth. Edward Snowden and Julian Assange gave up much to tell you the truth. The truth, sadly, is unlikely to be on your television, but it is out there.