THE AWFUL TRUTH BEHIND MH17
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.
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day: The Israelis shot down MH17 to deflect criticism from their invasion of Gaza. Putin shot it down to kill 100 ‘poofters’ on their way to Melbourne for an AIDS conference. Ukraine shot it down knowing Putin would be blamed. Ukraine shot it down because they thought it was Putin’s private plane... endless nonsense, and it will continue, but the truth is... well, the truth is exactly what it appears to be.
Russian separatists shot an airliner out of the sky. Whether they knew it was an international airliner or not isn’t known, perhaps no-one owned a pair of binoculars so they just locked on to any aircraft.
What is known is that Ukraine has many BUK missile launchers and the Russian separatists last month boasted of having captured one. Soon after, many aircraft were shot down over the warzone, including MH17.
So why hasn’t Kiev moved to secure the site of MH17, it’s their sovereign territory and Putin would not dare try to prevent them doing so. Is it that the missile that killed 300 people might be shown to be theirs?
Why are demands being made of Moscow and not of Kiev? Oh, I forgot, we're on Kiev’s side, aren;t we.
These known facts, along with well-publicised communications between the separatists, takes Moscow, along with Putin, pretty much out of the solution equation and renders Hillary Clinton a warmongering fool and an impediment to any quick resolution.
One thing is certain, Putin will wash his hands of MH17 and the West will call him a liar, while an even bigger fool like the diminutive Campbell Newman thrusts himself on to the international stage threatening not to invite Putin to “his” G20.
I'm not sure Campbell, but I think that might be Julie Bishop's Foreign Affairs domain,
To suggest Moscow supplied a sophisticated surface-to-air missile launcher, capable of destroying anything up to 21,000 metres away, to a bunch of hot-headed, masked rednecks and taught them how to shoot down airliners with it, beggars belief.
Putin may be a supercilious little Napoleon but he is no fool. He would have been well aware of the catastrophic international blowback.
The West is demanding Moscow’s cooperation but it’s uncertain just how much control Putin now has over this eastern Ukrainian maverick militia he has supported.
After all, it is Ukraine territory and for Putin to step in and secure the crash site as demanded would display the very involvement he denies.
The extent to which he has armed this rag-tag bunch of hoons is reflected in the .22 rifles some of them were brandishing. Russian separatists are mostly made up of militant rural communities who don’t want to be dragged west to the European bloc by Kiev.
Putin’s main concern is that Ukraine is the largest, oldest, most fertile and richest of the former Soviet States. It is the breadbasket of Eastern Europe and the world’s third biggest exporter of grain. It also has a large European military, second only to Russia’s.
It has massive oil and gas reserves and it houses the former USSR’s aerospace facilities.
Is it any wonder Putin is concerned that Kiev wants to move west to the European Union, leaving Russia isolated and exposed in every sense?
NATO should move immediately, with or without Kiev, to secure the site of the MH17 wreckage. Any confrontation with the separatists on Ukraine’s territory will severely impact on Putin and disclose the extent of his backing of the rogue militia, so it’s certain he would stay well away from any NATO involvement.
To demand that Putin take responsibility for securing the MH17 site is tantamount to asking him to admit he has troops militarily opposing Kiev on Ukraine’s soil.
Putin can’t be sleeping well, his options are narrowing fast and he has no choice now but to abandon his loose alliance with the Russian separatists and leave them and himself exposed to European abandonment.
In the meantime Malaysia’s aviation officials are telling lies to the international Press again. They are blaming the “control tower” for directing MH17 on a course and height over the east Ukraine warzone. What garbage and how reminiscent of MH370?
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.
This pilot chose not to follow the lead of every other major international airline and alter course to avoid an area where other aircraft had recently been shot down.
Although there was no NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) issued, this pilot was prepared to “assume” the separatists’ missiles would be unable to reach an altitude 33,000 ft.
We are witnessing a tectonic and perilous shift in European geopolitics and the possible isolation of Putin’s Moscow.
And all because the State-owned Malaysian Airlines (which has booked a loss of US$356 million for 2013) decided to take the shortest way home and save some juice.
[Sanitised versions of atrocities has led to a benign acceptance of what people suffer. Out of sight out of mind is okay for some.]