Since Teresa May stupidly decided to pick a fight with Russia over the alleged Kremlin sanctioned murder of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who while spying for his homeland on Britain was also passing Russian secrets to MI5, the governments "It's the Russians" narrative has started to look more motheaten than a one armed piano players dinner jacket.
Not only was Skripal a double agent, since being released from prison in 2010 as part of a spy swap with the USA, the former spy has been involved in commercial espionage and was named as a person of interests in the Democrats Dodgy Dossier compiled in an effort to smear Trump in the 2016 US presidential election. People like him tend to have a lot of enemies (including, possibly, President Trump - how bizarre the loony left have not yet tried to implicate him in the attack.
There is something rather strange about the desperate bid to blame Russia, (apart from the fact that the media kerfuffle has kept two major stories off the front pages throughout this month;), it ignores a historic event that took place last November, also largely ignored at the time by most of the world’s media. Had the Salisbury attack not brought chemical weapons to the top of the news it might have remained ignored. In a ceremony at the headquarters of the world body responsible for the elimination of chemical weapons in The Hague, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the destruction of the last of Russia’s stockpiles.
Gen Ahmet Üzümcü, the director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which works closely with the UN, was fulsome in his praise. “This is a major achievement,” he said. The 192-member body had seemingly overseen and verified the destruction of Russia’s entire stock of chemical weapons, all 39,967 metric tons.
The question now is whether all thne Russia government kept back any nasty stuff on the offchange that they might need to set up a clumsy and inept hit on a former spy. Theresa May – having identified the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack as novichok, developed in Russia – told the Commons on Wednesday that Russia had offered no explanation as to why it had “an undeclared chemical weapons programme in contravention of international law”. Jeremy Corbyn introduced a sceptical note, questioning whether there was any evidence as to the location of its production. Corbyn is right, NATO and the USA are so desperate to pick a fight with Russia they have abandoned logic and reason.
The exchanges between May and Corbyn provoked a debate echoing the one that preceded the 2003 invasion of Iraq over whether UN weapons inspectors had overseen the destruction of all the weapons of mass destruction in the country or whether Saddam Hussein had retained secret hidden caches.
On social media, there were arguments that the novichok could have come from some part of the former Soviet Union other than Russia, such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan or Ukraine, or some non-state group, maybe criminals.' What has not been mentioned is that the hit was so ineptly carried out that it could not have been made to look more obviously like a CIA setup if it had been scripted by a Hollywood screen writer. We might expect such incompetence from the CIA or even MI5 but not the Russian secret service, The are masdters at offing people and leaving no evidence poiting to them.
A more detailed report in The Guardian. Left wing loonys who read that left wing paper tend to dismiss The Daily Stirrer contributors as a bunch of ancient, extreme right wing, racist, homophobic, misogynistic fascists. But wheras we are quite willing to agree with The Guardian or Jeremy Corbyn when we believe they are telling the true story,they would never accept that The Daily Mail or Boris Johnson might sometimes be correct. And in this case it seems they are, the absence of evidence to back up Teresa May's accusations makes her look as stupid as Barack Obama when he claimed he had irrefutable evidence that Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, before emergency crews had had time to examine the wreckage.