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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 the EU and US overthrew 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.

Of course it is entirely possible that the Obama administration and the US media has it right this time, and Russia or the separatists in eastern Ukraine either purposely or inadvertently shot down this aircraft. The real point is, it’s very difficult to get accurate information so everybody engages in propaganda. At this point it would be unwise to say the Russians did it, the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it. Is it so hard to simply demand a real investigation?

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Malaysian Airlines MH17, Russia, Ukraine 
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  1. Kawiks says:

    So, if someone is bombing your cities and towns, killing hundreds of civilians, and you shoot down some of these bomber jets, but one turns out to be a civilian plane, then who is truly at fault?
    My view is that it is irrelevant who fired the missile. It is Poroshenko and the powers behind him (US, NATO, EU) that are to blame.

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  2. Kiza says:

    Ron Paul is such a voice of sanity and calmness in the US ocean of lies, manipulations and hate. He is like Dalai Lama of the US (lol). Well, he is much smarter than DL and I have a huge respect for the man. It is so pleasant to read that someone is calling for an investigation instead of pumping-up hate. The last week was the Russia hate week in the West, in the Anglosphere. Speaking with ordinary people I never met before, without view either way, I realised that they were also getting tired of this explosion of screaming and BS about, the so called Putin’s Missile. Did anybody call the US Vincennes missile which brought down the Iranian jetliner Reagan’s Missile? This was Reagan’s statement afterwards: “…we regard this incident as CLOSED. U.S. forces suffered NO casualties or damage [sic - from a civilian jetliner!?]” Reagan even gave the ship captain a medal for bravery. Where were all the screamers then? It will be very, very hard to get to the truth behind this horrific event. But the US is not waiting for an investigation which will take months, it wants EU sanctions on Russia now. Sanctions could be the main reason this whole thing happened or was set up. The only sure thing is that there will be more similar events in the future, because many shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weapons (manpads) have already gotten into many nasty hands after the US intervention in Libya. Better stay away from all planes in the future.

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  3. quercus says:

    Yes, indeed, Mr. Paul is often eminently reasonable and rational, qualities which seem in very short supply these days. In fact, often in the last year or so, I wonder if perhaps all which is happening is a dream or if you will, a nightmare, and I will awaken to find that rather than mad dogs and idiots running this country (the USA, and others which shall here be left unnamed), rational, thoughtful, people are in charge.

    Thank you, Ron Paul for a voice of temperance.

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  4. Remember when the US shot down an Iranian airliner in 1988, killing 290 people, and the very different reaction from western media and US officials?

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  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Ukraine is not Ukraine. I hope this gets your attention.

    The rebel-held territory in Ukraine is only about 30 miles end-to-end. The usual Amsterdam/London to Kuala Lumpur/Hongkong route across Ukraine did not pass through rebel skies. Only on that day, all the flights were directed 300 miles off their usual route to pass through that small rebel area. Bear in mind, folks, that on that day, plane after plane were directed over the rebel area, not just MH17. It’s only unlucky for MH17 that it’s the one that got hit.

    Meanwhile, we have now got alleged satellite evidence from Russia that Ukraine army had moved Buk missiles to the edge of rebel territory on that day. Bear in mind that rebel forces do not have aeroplanes, you have to wonder why Ukraine army want to bring Buk missiles there. This allegation is yet to be contested, but America is strangely silent on providing it’s own satellite images.

    For now, it is best to remain open minded, but the circumstances above do provide a vivid image of what happened.

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