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UKRAINIAN CIVIL WAR AND MH17 July 26, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in European Politics, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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While we may be aware of Ukraine, and of it’s ongoing civil war, it is disaster of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 that has created a focus of attention.

[This is the crucial source of detailed information, quoted below:

MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag – 21st Century Wire.]

It seems that in global society, post the Cold War, civil wars inevitably involve outside players, and that usually means the interests of the Superpower and the march of global corporate capital. The later seems to be on a trajectory of unbridled success of electoral triumph in supposedly democratic elections. Whether of not this is true in the Ukraine cannot be said where the present government came to power by means of non-democratic usurpation over the previous kleptocratic oligarchy apparently an amazing source of financial flow. Nonetheless the usurpers had the support of Washington, and its seems some in Western Europe. Without compromise, Ukraine came apart resulting in a brutal civil war where the use of modern armaments against civil populations were common. Images of “genocidal violence” exist of targets in Ukrainian cities of Snezhnoe and Luhansk (Phil George). Russia, regardless of who was the government, would not ignore a lethal conflict on its western border involving Russian speakers.

The cycle of violence is likely to continue and intensify, as elsewhere, making external intervention for reconciliation essential for the  building of peace. Impartial peacemakers with integrity are in short supply.

Malaysian Airline flight entered overhead this political frame on the 19 July. Apparently it was shot down by a missile launched from a Buk 11, and fired in all likelihood in error by the forces opposed to the government installed in Kiev. There were no survivors. BBC News has assembled the facts as then known relating to the tragedy.

It is doubtful who benefits from downing of the passenger plane. If Malaysian Airlines was not in trouble following the mysterious disappearance of Fight 370, it is now. Now they are flying over Syria. Russia has to deal with a hostile neighbour, and there was some suggestion that President Putin’s plane was the target. They would have reason to be alarmed about the possibility of any of their aircraft – civilian or military – being subject to rocket fire. For that reason, I think they would be cautious in supplying such weapons, but if cities are under rocket and aircraft attack that might influence thinking.

There is at least one conspiracy theory, suggesting that the Kiev Government had much to gain, as well as fingering the opposition. Here is Phil George:

The Ukrainians have reaped immeasurable rewards from the downing of MH17: their disastrous failure in the border region in which the US-installed “authorities” in Kiev lost over 5,000 troops has been totally papered over and no one is reporting their huge defeat in “the Cauldron.”

Also, the pro-federalization forces (what the state media in America calls “pro-russian separatists”) had to stop their offensive when the jet crashed. Also, using the crash as cover, the Kiev regime has gone back to using GRAD salvos on civilians in Donetsk and Lughansk.

Before the plane crash, the Europeans were turning away from the Poroshenko regime because of its inhuman attacks on civilians; now Europe is right back in line behind the US-controlled Poroshenko government. It is clear from the military and political situation that only the Kiev regime and its backers in Washington benefited from the attack on MH17. The Kiev junta needed a BIG distraction, so they shot down the jet.

And:

Can the Western mainstream media, U.S. administration and Kiev regime stop their screeches and squealing that Russia is guilty for everything, even for Elvis Presley’s disappearance, and answer these simple questions:

1. What was the Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi warplane doing 3 to 5 km away chasing the Malaysian airliner?

2. Why did the Ukrainian army move its BUK SAM battery several kilometres into an area known to be controlled by the pro-Russian rebels shortly before the catastrophe?

Not surprisingly, Russian media are suggesting the shooting down of the plane may have been caused by a Ukrainian army exercise gone wrong.

Still, it is important to recover bodies and complete the crash site investigation. Something positive may come from the cooperation that in evidence. In Australia, the political leadership and the media (I imagine) combine to create a local frame for events, and perhaps to demonstrate efficacy and influence. The Dutch have more reason to act urgently and with effect. It is said that Tony Abbott is “manufacturing outrage” to solve his political impasse. If true, I doubt it can work.

An investigation limited to the cause of death will not explain what has happened. Katrina vanden Huevel on Democracy Now provides some of the context of the situation in Ukraine:

Tom Hayden has proposed that Ukraine is the “anvil of the new Cold War”.

The Cold War is perhaps not even remembered by this generation of Americans, beyond dim and distorted traces. Yes, the power alignments in the world have shifted, for example, by the rise of the BRICS and their opposition to Western finance capital. And yes, the rise of China offsets the demise of the old Soviet Union. The Vatican is no longer battling “godless communism.” Communism itself is a spent force.

But no new global paradigm has come to dominance and, in that vacuum, the old Cold War premises arise to fill the chatter-boxes of our media and cultural mentality.

Ukraine is the anvil on which the new Cold War thinking is heating up.

It’s impossible to understand the roots of the current Ukraine crisis over the downed airliner without understanding the past, but the past is remembered as cliché on all sides. We can agree, however, that the “new” Cold War began when Western strategists sought to expand their sphere of influence all the way eastward across the Ukraine to Russia’s border. That push, which seemed like the spoils of Cold War victory to the Western triumphalists, ignored two salient realities. First, eastern Ukraine was inhabited by millions of people who identified with Russia’s language, culture and political orientation. Second, since it was believed that the Soviet Union was “defeated”, the assumption was that Russia lacked the will and capacity to fight back. Though both assumptions were proven wrong on the battlefield in Georgia in 2008, the machinery of the West never stopped churning and expanding.

As a result of this event, people, far away from Ukraine, have experienced heartbreak:

A message to the soldiers in the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family.

Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.

Our babies are not here with us — we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.

No one deserves what we are going through.

Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.

This is a revelation that gives us some comfort.

We would ask everyone to remember this when you are making any decisions that affect us and the other victims of this horror.

So far, every moment since we arrived home, we’ve been surrounded by family and friends. We desperately pray that this continues, because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive. We want to continue to know about your lives, all the good and all the bad. We no longer have lives that we want to live by ourselves. So we’d like to take the chance to thank everyone, all our incredible friends, family and communities, and to tell you all that we love you very much.

We would also like to thank the people at DFAT; the local co-ordinator Claire and most sincerely, Diana and Adrian from The Hague, without whom we would not be here. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends — pain is not a story.

Yours truly

Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris

Who to believe? I suppose that the facts as they come to light have to be subjected to scrutiny. Wikileaks supplies the following source:

MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False Flag – 21st Century Wire.

A contrary position:

Julina Bolger, EU expands Russian oligarch sanctions blacklist in wake of MH17 crash (The Guardian).

A wider war, even a cold war, is possible, and some might see this as desirable:

Greg Barton, “Q&A:Flight MH17 and the Spiralling Conflict in Ukraine” (The Conversation).

Perhaps the opponents of Kiev are not Liberal Democrats:

Aleksey Matsuka, “Writing the Truth in the People’s Republic of Donetsk” (Open Democracy).

“The Price of Calamity”- some astute observations in the light of the 21st Century Wire analysis:

Binoy Kampmark, “MH17 and Ukraine’s Dilemma” (CounterPunch).

No comment required – but even I recognize these writers. Perhaps they do have the inside Basketball scoop, if not slam dunk?:

David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, “Pentagon Plan would help Ukraine target Rebel Missiles” (New York Times).

Almost impossible to resist further comments. I imagine the Pentagon has a game plan in play. (Sorry about that. This is extremely tendentious and non-objective.)

I was puzzled about the role of the oligarchs. They seemed to be on both sides. According to this account they choosing the West and Russia:

These on Ukraine, In Defence of Marxism.

(I am aware this is information overload and undigested. I include it because it may prove useful.)

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