The subject of the moment is, once again, Ukraine, for reasons that should be obvious to anybody not completely out of touch with world news. To get to that, I feel the need to start off with what might seem like an awfully weird diversion. It really isn’t so weird, so bear with me a minute.
Consider the date July 20, 2014. If this date doesn’t ring a bell, let me remind you. On July 20, 1969, a very special moment in human history occurred. The Lunar module of Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out of the spacecraft, it was the first time humans set foot on another body in space other than the Earth. What an amazing thing. It’s an essay by itself. Being 2014, of course this is the 45th anniversary, not as big a thing as what the 50th should be I suppose, but a notable milestone.
Late in the evening of the anniversary day, I thought about seeing if there was anything on TV for a bit, and scanned through cable service channels thinking I might find some documentary programming or something about the Apollo 11 flight. No. I thought I hit something, seeing the aged face of Aldrin appearing on the screen. Then I found that what I had come across was something on the “SyFy” network with the title “Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed”, which I was surprised to see wasn’t followed by an exclamation mark to give it that extra touch of tabloid-paper trash on grocery store checkout stands for morons flavor. I’ll skip a full critique.
This wasn’t just a case of disappointment to see so little attention given such a positive and momentous event in human history. It was something beyond mere disappointment to see what kind of idiotic trash makes its way into people’s homes via American television these days, especially considering the vast array of television channels available now via cable and satellite services, 24 hours a day. It isn’t just the pathetic garbage churned out, but the other side of that, how much that could be brought to people via television today, that isn’t. That certainly includes what we get now for “news”, loaded up and filled out with vacuous noise and propaganda.
I was thinking about how to try to sum up the bizarre circus that has been happening surrounding the tragedy of the airliner crash in Ukraine, and then, among other things where people were dealing with the reality surrounding the situation instead of the noise of propaganda, I found the following that saves me some typing and a lot of thinking about how to summarize. I have some real problems with some of the notions banging around Ron Paul’s head and coming out his mouth, but the good thing about the man is an ability to recognize things as they are now and then and speak the truth.
I quote from an article elsewhere:
Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim – even before an investigation – that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council – just one day after the crash!
While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.
The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.
They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets.
They will not report that the US has strongly backed the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called “measured and moderate.”
They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.
They will not report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.
They will not report that the missile that apparently shot down the plane was from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that requires a good deal of training that the separatists do not have.
They will not report that the separatists in eastern Ukraine have inflicted considerable losses on the Ukrainian government in the week before the plane was downed.
They will not report how similar this is to last summer’s US claim that the Assad government in Syria had used poison gas against civilians in Ghouta. Assad was also gaining the upper hand in his struggle with US-backed rebels and the US claimed that the attack came from Syrian government positions. Then, US claims led us to the brink of another war in the Middle East. At the last minute public opposition forced Obama to back down – and we have learned since then that US claims about the gas attack were false.