First, here’s a question to ask yourself. How much have you heard recently about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine? Remember that? It was, among other things, The One Thing Happening In The World for a while in CNN’s usual modus operandi these days. So, what have you heard about it, lately?
It has virtually disappeared. Almost immediately after it happened, not only was it a huge news item, but in the United States, the State Department and White House were making righteous declarations that this was obviously an evil deed committed by the Russian-Ukrainians fighting off the attacks from the new government by coup d’etat in Kiev, literally fighting to defend their lives and homes while being called “terrorists” by the gang who seized power in Kiev. That was declared to be certain, by doubt, by Secretary of State John Kerry, before any serious examination of wreckage or any facts, before any investigation, before the bodies of the dead had even been dealt with. Things clicked right along and more declarations followed from that; that clearly the Russians were involved, and/or the Russians were in charge, and from that, Putin is in charge of Russia… presto… Putin shot down this plane!
Things were not at all clear, and while this general situation has been examined by various people fairly carefully, with the situation most significantly being that having evidence to examine was scarce. The people trying to seriously sort out what happened there have been relegated to the positions of being outsiders. They’ve been ignored by the usual news media, who in turn simply picked up the “Russia shot down an airliner carrying almost 300 innocent civilians!” narrative, without any serious credible evidence.
Recounting everything of the bizarre nonsense surrounding this event is way too much to review here without getting really lengthy, but the whole episode reeked of nonsense, fabrication, lying, just massive amounts of propaganda. One item was what everybody will surely remember, that is the supposed “smoking gun video” that you probably remember because it was being played in continuous loop on cable news, alleged to be a Russian BUK missile launcher, supposedly with one missing missile, claimed to be shown crossing the border from Ukraine heading into Russia, “hiding the evidence”. That suddenly went missing from continuous play on American news, after it came to light that this video showed an area that was within Ukraine, a long way from Russia, identified by people from the surroundings, particularly from a billboard identified as advertising a local car dealership in a place called Krasnoarmeysk. There’s one other thing in addition to the place being far from the Russian border. The place was reported as being in firm control of the Ukrainian military attacking the “Russian separatists”.
There is all kinds of strangeness, such as the quietly buried reports about a mysterious Spanish air traffic controller named “Carlos” working in Ukraine, working the airspace where this incident happened, posting Twitter notes saying that the MH17 flight was diverted for mysterious reasons from its intended flight path, then crashing in an area where it was not originally intended to be on its normal course, and later saying that Ukrainian secret police came and confiscated the audio recordings of air traffic control radio traffic. People might say that this is questionable stuff, just more confusion and propaganda, so then, just answer this question. Where are the audio tapes of ATC radio communications?
So, what’s the story on the investigation now? Guess what? It’s a secret. Seriously.
Meanwhile, try these on for size:
All things considered, the almost instant conclusions pumped out by Washington about the crash of MH17 have virtually no credibility, and should have been immediately suspect simply by the fact that they were practically instantaneous, and asserted so aggressively as being so certain, with no proof, except variations on “because we said so”. It looks almost certain, on the contrary, from what I can gather, that the airliner was shot down by the Ukrainian military in a planned staging of a “false flag” attack to make it look like the “Russian separatists”, or even Russia, were guilty of a horrible brutal act against innocent people. Somebody, I think, thought this would be a clever way to divert attention away from noticing that people in the United States government had supported an overthrow of government and helped to create an outrageous situation, of actual Nazis, neo-Nazi fascists, into positions of power in government in a European country for the first time since World War II.
The Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine inexplicably disappeared from the news, although I suppose many people would believe that it’s simply explained by the idea of twitching attention spans of a “news cycle”, moving on to the next featured item. What seems much more likely is a case of “put a lid on this and get people’s attention on something else, this is starting to backfire!“. The sad and outrageous thing is that to some extent, it seems to have worked, for now anyway, as I suspect that asking randomly selected Americans about the subject is likely to get a comment like “oh, yeah, that airliner the Russians shot down!”.
It’s a little tricky to know how much to repeat in any notes about all this, trying to balance the problem of what people might or might not already know, versus boring people or even seeming like I’m stuck in some weird obsessive-compulsive loop saying the same things over and over. This is a real problem, in a time when the general public casually and passively absorbing what passes as “news” gets continually dosed, repetitively, with diversions and distractions, nonsense, and even blatant lying.
Even going back to the point where I first got a whiff of a hint that something was going on over in Ukraine, and that it was very much not good, the infotainment news has been worse than useless. That was when news popped up about a recorded phone conversation between Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (I hope I got that mouthful of a title right from memory) and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.
I suspect most people at least vaguely recall that, but many only have some dim recollection of the gist of all the news chatter being about Nuland’s “fuck the EU!” outburst, which made all the YV news shows reported as being a rude thing to say about European government leaders coming from the highest ranking state department official specifically charged with the job of European relations. It was a big stink as a scandal of poor manners. There was virtually nothing in the US TV news about the actual conversation, and the fact that the “fuck the EU” comment was apparently a burst of angry frustration from Nuland being annoyed by a feeling that European leaders were failing to get with the program of obedient conformance to Nuland’s choices for people to take control of Ukrainian national government after the overthrow of current government by coup d’etat, in the course of this conversation taking place before the coup happened.
Just that, alone, should be enough for all of us here in America to step back and think, hang on, things happening over in Ukraine are maybe not at all what we’re being told by some people.
There was a large clue slipping past a year ago in an op-ed piece:
That was a classic neocon piece, that I think probably serves as a typical example of the neocon attitude that all the world must be under Washington’s domination, specifically under Washington with Washington dominated by the neocon cult of megalomaniacs.
One snippet of text worth noting is this bit:
…the daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko, the imprisoned former prime minister whose release the E.U. has insisted on, has said that she hopes her mother’s freedom might be imminent.
My emphasis added.
Consider the following quote from an online article a few months ago.
Lest one get the false impression that Eliason might have been selectively quoting there, this is what Yulia Tymoshenko, Obama’s preferred candidate to win the 25 May 2014 election (she lost; she was too rightwing for most Ukrainians to vote for as President), had said in a tapped phone conversation, leaked public on 24 March 2014: “We must grab arms and go whack those damn katsaps [a Ukrainian word used to refer to the Russians in a negative tone] together with their leader … I’ll use all my connections, I’ll raise the whole world – as soon as I’m able to – in order to make sure. .. not even scorched earth won’t remain where Russia stands. … They must be killed with nuclear weapons.”
Tymoshenko’s ally, the oligarch Ihor Kolomoyski, masterminded the 2 May 2014 rounding-up and burning of Odessa’s proponents of independence from the Kiev regime. This incineration was done inside Odessa’s Trade Unions Building, and this roasting of more than 200 civilians there was the event that sparked Ukraine’s civil war, because it made unequivocal the hate against them coming from the Obama-installed leaders in the northwest. (Kolomoyski himself lived in Switzerland, with his $6 billion heisted fortune.)
As the Canadian economist Michel Chossudovsky has documented, the Obama Administration placed leading fascists, and even some overt neo-Nazis, at the top of the post-coup government.
Got all that? Are we having fun yet?
This is just one small snippet of what has been happening and is happening. Right now, as the farce of a theatrical performance happens in Wales at the big NATO gathering, this kind of stuff is vital to know and keep in mind. What people are spouting there is so severely conflicting with reality that it should be scaring the hell out of people.
I can only hope that some number of people have become aware of things as they are, via the bazillion links I’ve included in notes here (and posted to my Facebook page), realizing that the “Ukrainian Crisis” is fairly complicated, and very ugly, and virtually nothing like what’s fed to people in most US news.
Read the paragraphs I just quoted and hold that in mind as you ponder the subject of the referendum vote in Crimea where the people actually living in Crimea voted by a massive majority to reject the new coup government that had taken power in Kiev. For review, Crimea was part of Russia until 1954, when Ukraine and Russia were both part of the Soviet Union, and some internal Soviet politics had Khrushchev offering Crimea to Ukraine as some token gift. According to people who know the region well, Crimea is, not surprisingly, a culturally predominantly Russian area, and it was not only an autonomous region in Ukraine since the split of the former Soviet Union, when Ukraine became a separate nation, but they say that most people in Crimea have never really considered Crimea to be Ukraine, or themselves as Ukrainians.
It should also be overwhelmingly obvious by now why the predominantly Russian Ukrainians in the east, people who, in a very real literal sense, are both Russian (in both culture and history and past citizenship) and Ukrainian (in citizenship since the USSR dissolution in 1991), would observe the coup in Kiev early this year, and the cast of goons involved and seizing power there (the one real “seizure” in this whole saga), and say “to hell with that, we’re out of here!” and declaring themselves separate little independent states.
Now, all the news from the NATO confab in Wales carries more chatter about Russian aggression and defending Europe from the threat of Russian aggression and pronouncements from Obama about defending all our allies. Never mind that there is no threat to anybody from Russia that anybody can see, other than these people and the neocon cult prodding them.
As the dramas unfolded in Ukraine, and the bizarre circus revolving around that, I think it started to become very clear to anybody really paying attention that what we were being told via the State Department, White House, and infotainment media machine was not matching actual reality of events. Once that happened, people were trying to sort out what was happening, and figure out why. That’s a real puzzle, as there has yet to be anything like a reasonable and credible explanation from anyone about what, exactly, is so important about Ukraine to the United States.
The idea formed among many different observers that it was about the neocon lust for world domination, first, to try to separate Ukraine from Russia economically, added to the pile trying to separate as many eastern European nations as possible from Russia economically. The other possibility, a much more credible idea than any of the bullshit coming from Washington, was the idea that the neocons wanted to force the Russian navy out of its Black Sea naval base in Crimea, which is not only obviously important to the Russians, having a Black Sea coast, but also a long standing base and their only warm water port naval base. Along with that came suspicions that bordered on near certainty that the covert plan was to turn another former Soviet republic on Russia’s borders into a NATO member, toward a goal of completely surrounding Russia with military forces, missiles, the whole works, either US military or NATO member armed forces subservient to Washington’s command (with Washington under control of the neocons), despite reported promises to former Soviet leaders that if the Soviet Union disbanded, NATO would not seek to expand up to Russia’s borders by making those former Soviet republics into NATO members.
When the coup in Ukraine happened, the news carried official denials that Washington had any such intentions. Now, we have the NATO meeting with talk about “standing with Ukraine” and the alleged need to “defend Europe against Russian aggression” and “the Russian threat”, and, what do you know, just about a week ago, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk (AKA Victoria Nuland’s pal “Yats”) announced that Ukraine would seek NATO membership.
[Note to BBC staff- it’s NATO, an acronym for North Atlantic Treaty Organization, not a word, “Nato”.]
Here we are, with this situation getting worse, given the festival of mendacity happening in Wales (and that includes the speech by Obama in Estonia leading into it. It’s a parade of lying from people who seem to have lost all touch with reality, reason, and goodwill, evidently trying as hard as possible to start World War III. It’s a show performed by hollow men (using that loosely since it has to include neocon princess Victoria Nuland), people appearing human, with twisted minds and vacant souls.