MH17 MAY NEVER BE SECURED
...but that's no concern for Uncle Barack
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.
A massive military build-up on either side of the southern Ukraine border where MH17 was shot down maybe too hot an area for even master negotiator Tony Abbott to risk exposing AFP officers to. Sending troops to protect them is even more risky without an agreed demilitarised zone in place. And who can possibly put it in place?
Certainly not NATO, certainly not the UN! Russian separatists and Ukraine troops recognise neither body. There are no goodies in this war.
Somehow the West has been beguiled into demonising Putin and aggrandising Petro Poroshenko, the current President of Ukraine who was installed after deposing democratically elected Viktor Yanukovych in the “Orange” revolutionary coup. Yanukovych fled to southern Russia and into the arms of anti-NATO ally Vladimir Putin.
After Putin wrested the Crimean Peninsular from the new regime Crimea declared independence from the former Soviet State and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, this year in which over 96 per cent of citizens voted to join Russia.
The current Ukraine regime promptly set about liquidating Russian sympathisers in an “ethnic cleansing” of East and South Ukraine. After begging for assistance from Russia, Putin finally sent in troops to assist his brothers in the East, while Ukraine’s revolutionary “modernists” marched toward the Eurozone.
The problem is clearly this: If Ukraine’s revolutionary coup is successful it is likely to become part of NATO, completely isolating Putin’s Russia and sandwiching his warm-water naval fleet in the Crimea. He will be left with a unified Europe (including Ukraine) and NATO on one side and North America on the other.
The economic demographic is even more critical. Russia supplies Ukraine and half of Europe with gas and Ukraine owes Russia billions in gas bills. Therefore Europe is reluctant to impose sanctions on Russia despite US demands, but the US isn’t so dependent on intra-European trade.
Ukraine has already stolen much of Russia’s defence and aerospace infrastructure and only a naive dolt like Kerry would believe Putin will take this lying down.
The utterings of Hillary Clinton are nothing short of breathtaking. Americans get good marks for American history but fail badly at European and Middle Eastern history.
Sanctions will suit Democrats Kerry, Obama and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, but they will ensure European and North American conflict with a cornered Putin. And Putin is not the sort of bloke who likes to be cornered.
While Obama slices a seven iron into a greenside bunker, the fuse is already lit and BUK missiles will quickly morph into nuclear weapons... this is a war that no-one, especially Putin, can afford to lose.
It’s doubtful that body and aeroplane parts will ever be recovered from Eastern Ukraine, despite Abbott’s efforts, and that holds no concern for absentee President Obama.
His primary concern is getting out of that bunker.