A United Nations security and reconnaissance team tasked with scouting the site of the alleged April 7th chemical weapons attack in Syria came under small arms fire on Wednesday, forcing them to leave the city. It is now unclear when it will be safe for investigators to visit the site.

Despite a flurry of missiles raining down on Syrian targets on Friday night, news (and social) media has been abuzz with a war of words, rather than ordnance, since April 7th’s alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians, apparently carried out by Bashar al Assad regime. Russia, who has provided Assad with direct military support throughout the nation’s civil war and notably took responsibility for ensuring the nation’s chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed, has since offered a growing number of alternative (and increasingly conspiratorial) theories about what really happened in Douma two weeks ago.

Their explanations for reports of Syrian helicopters dropping drums of gas into the streets of Douma include America and its allies framing Assad to incite a war, but some of the most far fetched claims from Russian officials are based on the idea that the attack simply never happened at all.

While there is historical precedent and a constantly growing body evidence to support the idea that it was Assad’s decision to continue to employ chemical weapons against his own people, there’s really only one way to completely put these conspiracy theories to rest: send in inspectors to conduct an independent analysis of the situation and draw their own conclusions.