PUTIN IN A WORLD OF PAIN
... as is Malaysian Airlines
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
As the UN Security Council meets to thrash out a resolution damning one of its five permanent Members, Russia’s “action man”, Vladimir Putin is frozen in “inaction” between two awful options, with either likely to see him humiliated and banished to the Siberian salt mines.
Putin is desperate to distance himself from MH17 but world opinion has placed him front and centre. Any denial of culpability will be lost in irrefutable evidence. Any admission of guilt will brand him forever a war criminal.
Barack Obama is choosing his critical words wisely as he too supplied arms to redneck hoons in Syria, via the CIA, and the world is now faced with a terrorist State.
If Putin surrenders Ukraine, which he now must do, he becomes isolated in Eastern Europe and under crippling sanctions. If he tries to maintain a militia in Eastern Ukraine, which he now can’t do, the Eurozone, despite its economic links to Russia, will be forced to disown him.
If he uses Russia’s power of veto over any UN resolution he will become an international pariah and invoke the ire of even China. Russia’s place as a permanent Member of the Security Council could vanish.
If he agrees to Australia’s strident wording of the imminent resolution, he will have no choice but to admit his involvement in the deaths of 300 innocents along with his support of a ruthless, violent and lawless bunch of paid Putin mercenaries.
Putin is caught between multiple rocks and hard places, and there seems no reputable way out.
Meanwhile Malaysia Airlines executives are dodging the spotlight and many unanswered questions. Aviation safety expert Robert Mark claimed the MH17 flight took a route 300 miles to the north of the usual path.
Mark said., "I can only tell you as a commercial pilot myself that if we had been routed that way, with what's been going on in the Ukraine and the Russian border over the last few weeks and months, I would never have accepted that route.
"I went into the FlightAware system, which we all use these days, to see where airplanes started and where they tracked, and I looked back at the last two weeks' worth of MH17 flights, which was this one. There were MH17 versions that were 300 miles south of where this one was."
[The accompanying graphic shows the past two weeks of MAS flights within European corridors.]
The graphic speaks for itself and is damning of Malaysian Airlines’ concern for passenger safety. Their statement that, “15 out of 16 airlines use this route. It's a safe route... most other countries use this route”, is an outright lie.
As reported here yesterday, “The pilot in command alone dictates the course of his aircraft and he can request a quadrantal change in altitude or course at any time for any reason.”
It appears the words “Islam”, “airline” and “honesty” don’t belong in the same sentence.