Recently, Dutch aviation investigators published a preliminary report into the downing of Malaysian Airlines MA-17. A full report is not scheduled until 2015. One might well anticipate that a greater sense of urgency should prevail. Not only for the sake of the relatives of the victims, but also because it was on the strength of Russia’s alleged indirect responsibility for this act of mass murder that the EU nations were persuaded to enter into the USA’s still escalating sanctions war against Russia. From these sanctions, not only the Russian, but also the already fragile EU economies are suffering greatly. In contrast, thanks to the falling Euro and the flight of European capital, the US dollar is benefiting.
Just as the notorious Damascus gas attack occurred within a day of the arrival in that city of UN NBC inspectors, so, too, by coincidence, this air disaster occurred within two days of European leaders rejecting US urgings to increase sanctions against Russia.
Within hours of the disaster, the Western press, duly echoing the Obama administration’s spokesmen, had announced that it was a Russian-built, surface-to-air missile launched by Russian supported rebels in Eastern Ukraine that had done the foul deed. Subsequently, despite Kiev having access to and recording of all air traffic control communications with the aircraft until its destruction, no recordings have been made public. Despite American satellites being able to monitor every significant missile launch globally (and one has to regard a 10,000 metre launch in a war zone as significant) no evidence has yet been produced by the USA to substantiate its accusations against Russia.
The Dutch preliminary report studiously avoided stating that a missile brought down the doomed aircraft. What the statement did say was that the plane broke up after being hit by “high-energy objects from outside the aircraft.” To my knowledge no mainstream Western news agency – and that goes for New Zealand media as well – has made any comment other than that the Dutch report tends to confirm the Russian missile theory.
Has any reader of this article read or heard in any mainstream media a report that the first independent observer to reach the site of the crash was a Canadian inspector of Ukrainian descent, working for the OSCE? He visited the wreckage while it was still smouldering. When interviewed by Canadian TV, he stated “There have been two or three pieces of fuselage that have been really pockmarked with what almost looks like machine-gun fire; very, very strong machine-gun fire.” He also showed photos to support his claim. Anyone who wants to hear first-hand from the nearest impartial witness to the crime scene, should Google “Michael Bociurkiw MH17.”
Clearly, were it to emerge from the Dutch investigation that MA-17 was brought down by cannon fire from an American allied Ukrainian fighter aircraft, there could be serious ramifications for the EU relationship with the USA and the UK, both the latter, having been instrumental in instigating this breakdown in relations between Russia and continental Europe. As with the Lockerbie disaster, when the pressure was on and succeeded in placing the blame on Gadhafi, despite his subsequently proven innocence, there will be heavy pressure on the Dutch enquiry to ensure that the findings all point the finger in one direction – which, may well be the wrong one.
Underneath the rapidly escalating global crises, of which the Ukraine is but one, there is a fast developing struggle between rich elites (and rich, means powerful enough to monopolise news outlets) to gain control over the world’s resources and markets. Ultimately, and perhaps even shortly, this struggle will affect the New Zealand economy and New Zealand livelihoods. New Zealanders know all about NATO and the Western Alliance. How much information are they given about the fast emerging Eastern Alliance in the form of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which already involves over half of humanity?
This article is written in the hope of bringing to New Zealanders’ attention the fact that the world is not as it seems to those who rely for their understanding of the international environment on the interpretation of overseas events currently available in the New Zealand media. Much of this content is syndicated from overseas corporate controlled outlets, whose owners are already committed to one side of the conflict.
If small western, democracies are to survive, they will need courageous leadership, elected by a public that is both alert and well-informed. Key to such survival, is a well-funded, independent and unblinkered print and broadcast media answerable to the national community it addresses.