Gratuitous Origa soundtrack is gratuitous. It also might not fit your mood as you read this story. Then again, this story might raise your blood pressure, and if the song calms you, it becomes useful and thus no longer gratuitous.
Regular readers of this blog of course recall the MIT professor Postol, who criticized claims that Assad used his army to drop sarin on people.
Postol criticized a White House report that came several days after MSF claimed that sarin had been used:
Apr 5, 2017
Medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday eight people it treated following a suspected chemical attack in northern Syria had symptoms consistent with nerve agents like Sarin.
“Among the victims of the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun who were transferred to the Bab al-Hawa hospital … near the Turkish border, MSF saw eight patients with symptoms – dilated pupils, muscle spasms, involuntary defecation – consistent with exposure to neuro-toxic agents such as Sarin,” the group said in a statement.
MSF, which has teams at the hospital, said it had provided antidotes and protective equipment for personnel on site.
“The MSF team also accessed other hospitals treating victims and noted a strong smell of chlorine, suggesting they had been exposed to this toxic agent,” MSF said.
Some days later, the White House claimed that not only was it sarin, it must have been Assad’s men. The closest thing to evidence were hoax photos, and Postol criticized them harshly as I reported (with an equally gratuitous Origa soundtrack meant to evoke the feeling of scrambled information):