Without evidence, leaders of the UK, France and Germany joined the US in blaming Iran for the recent attack on Saudi oil installations, repeating a pattern set with Salisbury and Syria even as they pretended to care about peace.
“It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation,” British PM Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a joint statement on Monday, after meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“We support ongoing investigations to establish further details,” the trio added. In other words, to them, Iran’s guilt is a foregone conclusion.
Sept 14th attack against Saudi oil facilities: « It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation », France, Germany & UK say in a joint statement. pic.twitter.com/dS0xnFWD0v
— Antoine Mariotti (@antoinemariotti) September 23, 2019
This kind of attribution by wishful thinking isn’t new. In March 2018, former double agent Sergey Skripal and his visiting daughter Yulia were taken to a hospital in Salisbury, allegedly with symptoms of exposure to the “novichok” chemical agent. The official story kept changing and never made any logical sense, but the British authorities declared it was “highly likely” that the Russian government was behind it.
No evidence was provided, but none was necessary – the US took its British ally’s word for it and launched a massive purge of Russian diplomats. Other allies soon followed. Russia has been told to prove it didn’t novichok the Skripals ever since.
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Less than a month later, the US, UK and France launched a missile attack against Syria, having decided the “dictator” Bashar Assad was surely responsible for the alleged chemical attack in the city of Douma on April 7 – because who else could it have been?
Never mind that no evidence of the actual chemical attack, beyond a propaganda video produced by the “White Helmets,” has ever been found.