Capitalizing on MH17

July 23, 2014 (Eric Draitser - RT)


Published on Jul 22, 2014 - Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT (July 21, 2014) to provide his analysis of the politics surrounding the MH17 tragedy. Draitser explains that the US is trying to use MH17 to achieve politically what its proxy government in Kiev could not achieve militarily, namely the retreat of anti-Kiev separatists. He notes that the US has attempted to frame the narrative by blaming Russia for the tragedy, despite providing no hard evidence to refute that provided by Russia. Draitser also highlights the fact that Europe has not been entirely in line with Washington's rhetoric and position vis-a-vis Ukraine, and the coverage of this incident will be a good indication of the degree to which that divide is growing.

MH17 Show & Tell: It's the West's Turn

July 21, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Russia has now shown its satellite pictures and radar information from the Donetsk, Ukraine region during the July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash.

The Wall Street Journal reported in its article, "Russia Presents Its Account of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash," that:
Russia's Defense Ministry on Monday presented its first detailed account of the final moments of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying Russian radar had spotted a second aircraft in the vicinity shortly before the crash and that satellite imagery showed Ukraine had moved missile systems into the area before the incident.
At a news conference, air force chief Igor Makushev didn't say who the ministry thought had fired the missile that apparently brought down the airliner on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal also reported:
In an elaborate presentation displaying radar and satellite imagery, Mr. Makushev said it was likely that the second airplane was a Ukrainian fighter jet. He also showed satellite photos allegedly portraying several Buk ground-to-air missile systems in the area close to where the plane crashed. The systems, he said, could only belong to the Ukrainian military. Ukraine has accused Russia of giving the rebels a Buk system, with which they then shot down the passenger jet.
Mr. Makushev said the airplane deviated from its course by 14 kilometers, but then attempted to return to its course, before crashing shortly after. 
He said Russia is prepared to hand all of the information it has to European authorities, which included satellite imagery and data from its own radars. 
Indeed, the evidence suggested Kiev's regime deployed anti-air missile systems in Donetsk in and around the area where flight MH17 crashed. They also provided information regarding Ukrainian warplanes trailing flight MH17, the possibility of an air-to-air attack on MH17, and inconsistencies with Ukrainian air traffic control. 

There were a series of questions asked throughout the presentation - nothing was "concluded" - which is in direct contrast to the West which has shown the world nothing in terms of evidence, but has drawn many inflammatory, politically-motivated conclusions.

Russia has shown a great deal of evidence directly contradicting the West's baseless claims. Now it's time for the Pentagon to show the world their pictures and data along with their explanations.

The following video is presented in both Russian and English: 




Kiev Attacks Donetsk, Headquarters for MH17 Response

July 21, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Reuters reported that the NATO-backed regime in Kiev has launched an offensive on the eastern city of Donetsk, Donetsk province. In its article, "Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive," Reuters states:
Ukrainian army tanks were reported to be launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels' hold on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday in the first major outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week.

A separatist leader said Ukrainian government forces were trying to break into Donetsk and fighting was under way near the railway station.
The provincial capital is being used as a headquarters to coordinate the cleanup, recovery, and investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on Donetsk by Kiev's forces will further complicate efforts to recovery bodies, bring impartial, international investigators to the crash site, and arrive at the truth of what happened to the doomed flight.

Reuters would even admit, that even while Kiev's forces assaulted the city of Donetsk, the first international investigators had arrived in the city:
Three members of a Dutch disaster victims identification team arrived in Donetsk and were expected to visit a railway station near the crash site where nearly 200 bodies have been stored in refrigerated wagons.

No mention was made by Reuters regarding the security conditions the Dutch team would be working under, or what measures, if any, Kiev was taking to ensure their continued incursions into eastern Ukraine did not hamper the response to MH17. An armed assault into a potential crime scene does, however, raise as many suspicions as it does legitimate questions as to why those who have benefited the most from the downed airliner are now interfering with attempts to investigate the site.

While the West mocks eastern Ukrainians for their limited resources with which to respond to the disaster, the regime in Kiev the West is backing, by launching an assault on Donetsk, currently constitutes the greatest threat to resolving the MH17 disaster.

Prolonging a Baseless Narrative 

While the West condemns efforts by eastern Ukrainians to respond to the downed airliner, it should be remembered that the region has been subjected to months of artillery barrages, air raids, and incursions by armored columns backed by Neo-Nazi militants from militias such as Right Sector. Much of the infrastructure the people of Donetsk would have responded to the downed airliner with has been exhausted after months of defending the province.


MH17: Weathering the Propaganda Firestorm

Image: A torrent of obscene propaganda has
followed the downing of MH17.
 
July 20, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The level of unsubstantiated propaganda being directed against Russia regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has reached unprecedented lows. 

There is tangible desperation across Western media establishments, their political spheres, and within their corporate-financier funded policy think-tanks as they attempt to reassert their agenda and narrative not only upon the crisis in Ukraine, but upon the entire world as their weakening grip becomes apparent to all. 

The dangerous desperation emanating from the West followes the latest in a series of growing failures - the previous and most comparable being the loss of its proxy war against Syria and the desperate criminal conspiracy they unleashed in a failed attempt to save it.

Syria and the 2013 Damascus Sarin Gas Attack 

In mid-2013 Syrian government forces had already begun an irreversible push to restore security across the country. While the West attempted to maintain the facade that terrorists operating within Syrian territory were still a viable threat to Damascus, reports even from the Western media itself indicated otherwise. The Independent's April 2013 article, "They may be fighting for Syria, not Assad. They may also be winning: Robert Fisk reports from inside Syria," even went as far as quoting Syrian forces as saying:
“Why should we use chemical weapons when our Mig aircraft and their bombs cause infinitely more destruction?”
Image: It was later confirmed that NATO-member Turkey was helping
supply Al Qaeda terrorists with sarin nerve agent, as well as training
in how to use it. 
It came as a surprise then, to analysts who were closely following the conflict to see in August 2013, a sarin gas attack in Damascus, on the same day UN inspectors arrived in the capital for the very purpose of investigating claims of previous chemical weapons use. Why would Damascus risk using chemical weapons when it was already winning the war soundly with more effective conventional weapons, especially under the nose of UN chemical weapon inspectors?

Answering the question of "cui bono?" was simple - NATO, its regional partners, and their proxy terrorists - who would benefit immensely if they could convince the world that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had "gassed his own people." The Western propaganda machine was thrown into decisive motion. 

The UN immediately set out to investigate the attacks but were unable to draw any conclusions as to who the perpetrators were. Citing "evidence" Western intelligence agencies had "collected," but would not divulge, the West attempted to convict the Syrian government entirely in the court of public opinion. 

MH17: World Sees Tragedy, US Sees "Game Changer"

Image: The US claims sophisticated anti-air missiles like this Buk system
is responsible for the downing of MH17. No evidence has been provided
to confirm or deny this. Other possibilities are air-launched missiles fired
by a fighter jet, or even sabotage.  
July 19, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made a series of baseless, contradictory accusations aimed at politically exploiting the tragic loss of Malaysia Boeing 777 flight MH17 with nearly 300 civilians on board.

Power asserted that the most likely culprits behind the downing of MH17 were eastern Ukrainian separatists. Because of the high altitude MH17 was travelling at - approximately 33,000 feet - Power conceded that the weapons separatists have been using to down Ukrainian military aircraft would have been inadequate to down MH17. After claiming separatists had "bragged" about downing the airliner based on information from "social media," she explained that Russia most likely assisted the separatists in operating the sophisticated anti-air missile systems required to reach MH17's altitude.

Power gives no explanation as to why after multiple successful downings of Ukrainian military aircraft with man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), Russia and the separatists decided to employ larger, more complex weapon systems that would link any incident directly back to Moscow. Power also failed to explain how in one breath she suggests the separatists shot down MH17, then in the next claimed they did not have the ability to do so, and that Russia instead "assisted."

Power appears to be suggesting Russia rolled self-propelled anti-air missile systems into Ukrainian territory and assisted separatists in firing at MH17 specifically - since all other incidents of separatists shooting down aircraft involved man-portable systems incapable of hitting MH17.

Separatists Haven't Used Buks, Nor Do They Need To