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Last year I published Our American Pravda, making the case for the utter corruption and unreliability of the mainstream American media, both in the past and especially in recent years. The enormous lacunae I daily noticed in the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading media outlets were a major motivation behind my creation of The Review, whose readership has grown enormously in recent weeks.

A perfect example of this dangerous MSM “conspiracy of silence” may be found in the growing confrontation with Russia over Ukraine, greatly accelerated by the death of almost 300 passengers aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, shot down last month over Eastern Ukraine. The American media and its Western counterparts have almost unanimously placed the blame on anti-government rebels backed by Russia, and darkly insinuate that Russian President Vladimir Putin has the blood of those hundreds of innocent lives on his hands. London’s once-respected Economist magazine has repeatedly run shrill covers promoting the great threat of Putin and Russia to world peace, even featuring a photo of the former under the stark title “A Web of Lies.” There is the serious likelihood of a renewed Cold War against Russia and with the neoconized Republicans in Congress proposing legislation to incorporate Ukraine as an American military ally and deploy American forces there, the actual possibility of a military clash near the Russian border.

As readers know, I have been overwhelmingly consumed with my own software work in recent months and aside from closely reading the NYT and WSJ every morning, have devoted little time or effort to following the disastrous Ukraine situation. But just carefully reading between the lines of our elite MSM outlets and glancing at a few contrary perspectives presented on alternative websites have left me highly suspicious of our media narrative, leading me to wonder where the finger of guilt actually points.

For example, according to the official American story, MH17 was downed by rebels armed with a BUK anti-aircraft missile battery. As it happens, the pro-American Ukraine government possesses a large inventory of exactly those weapons, while it is far from clear that the rebels have a single unit, let alone the expertise to operate such sophisticated devices. Furthermore, there apparently exists radar evidence demonstrating that Ukraine fighter planes were in the immediate vicinity of MH17 just before it was shot down and there are firsthand reports from investigators on the ground that portions of the crashed fuselage showed strong evidence of having been hit the sort of heavy machine-gun fire employed in air combat. I find it extremely suspicious that the American government has repeatedly refused to release the evidence supporting its narrative, while the Russian government has released copious evidence supporting its contrary perspective.

We must bear in mind that the downing of MH17 and the deaths of the hundreds of mostly European passengers came as a fortuitous stroke of fortune for the embattled Kiev government and its neoconservative American backers, given that Germany and most of the other major European governments had just balked at approving the harsh anti-Russian economic sanctions being proposed by the White House. Cui bono?

Furthermore, this terrible suspicion that 300 innocent lives may have been sacrificed in a ghastly false-flag operation by an American-supported government is somewhat buttressed by earlier events. Consider that the overthrow of the democratically-elected and neutralist Ukrainian government was sparked by the massive bloodshed that erupted between riot police and pro-American demonstrators in the Kievan capital, as many hundreds on both sides were suddenly killed or wounded by an outbreak of heavy gunfire over a couple of nights. I found it very intriguing that soon afterward an intercepted telephone call between the pro-Western foreign minister of Estonia and European High Commissioner Catherine Ashton, later confirmed to be genuine, revealed that the bullets found in the bodies of both government police and anti-government demonstrators had apparently come from the same guns. The most plausible explanation of this strange detail is that the snipers responsible were professionals brought in to cause the massive bloodshed necessary to overthrow the government, which is exactly what soon followed. Again cui bono?

Am I certain about these facts, let alone the analysis built upon them? Absolutely not! As emphasized, I’ve been entirely preoccupied with other matters over the last few months. But if such obvious suspicions are apparent to someone who occasionally glances at the news reports out of the corner of his mind’s eye, the total silence of the American media and its huge corps of full-time professional journalists constitutes a very telling indictment. Personally, I think there’s a high likelihood that forces aligned with current pro-Western regime were responsible for the massacre in Kiev’s Maidan Square and a better than fifty-fifty chance they more recently shot down MH17, but I really can’t be sure about either of these things. However, I am absolutely 100% certain that the American MSM has been revealed as a totally worthless source of information on these crucial world events, although it can be relied upon to provide every last detail of Robin Williams’ troubled life or the endless foibles of the Kardashians.


In the interests of providing our readers at least some access to alternate accounts of why we may now be heading into a new Cold War against Russia—or even a hot one— I’ve recently republished a couple of Mike Whitney’s fine Counterpunch columns on the mysteries of Flight MH17, which cautiously raised questions rather than claimed to answer them, as well as those of the redoubtable Paul Craig Roberts.

Aside from attracting considerable debate from our website’s often “excitable” commenters, whose views range from the sensible to the deranged, our Whitney columns regarding MH17 had a far more important consequence. One of our left-liberal readers was shocked to read facts totally absent from the pages of The Nation, the Huffington Post, or any of the other left-liberal sites she visits. Out of curiosity, she contacted a very prominent left-liberal American academic, someone with special expertise in exactly that area of Europe. To her considerable surprise, he largely confirmed the outlandish “conspiracy theory,” saying that the evidence increasingly indicated that the American-backed Kiev government had shot down Flight MH17, either accidentally or otherwise.

Based on his remarks, it sounded like he and his friends had devoted 100x the time and effort that I had to investigating the incident, thereby reassuring me that my casual conclusions were at least not wholly ridiculous. Yet it also appeared that neither he or any of the other American experts in his circle who apparently share his views had seen fit to publish their opinions in any of the numerous media outlets to which they have easy access, presumably for fear of being denounced and stigmatized as “conspiracy nuts.” They may regard the possibility of an American military confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia as a terrible danger, but it pales compared to the horrifying risk that the 22-year-old bookers at MSNBC chat shows might decide to put a black mark down next to their names.

The following day I lamented this cowardice of our intelligentsia to another prominent liberal academic with whom I’m friendly, and he immediately sent me the draft by a friend of his on that very topic that I am now greatly honored to publish. Most of the dead on MH17 were Dutch citizens and Karel van Wolferen ranks as one of the world’s most prominent Dutch journalists, winner of major awards and someone whose numerous books that have sold well over a million copies worldwide. His article describes the evidence regarding MH17, but more importantly focuses on the totally corrupted worlds of journalism and politics that have enabled this dangerous situation to develop.

I urge everyone to read van Wolferen’s long and thoughtful piece and ask themselves why such basic facts and simple analysis appear nowhere within the mainstream American media. Given his standing and his credibility, the New York Times should have long since featured his byline on a major opinion piece, and the absence constitutes powerful evidence. During our disastrous Iraq War the American media applied exactly the same boycott to the views of my old friend Bill Odom, the three-star general who had run the NSA for President Ronald Reagan and ranked as one of Washington’s leading experts on national security issues. Our totally incompetent ruling elites refuse to let discordant voices puncture their bubble of unreality.

For those readers who refuse to admit the possibility that our vaunted MSM might conceal such vital facts, consider the important point I made at the beginning of my 2013 article. In recent years, leading scholars have conclusively established that for a decade or two during the 1930s and 1940s, a small network of Communist spies quietly gained substantial control of our national government in Washington, DC, successfully diverting the actions of the United States to their own nefarious ends. If our mainstream media had failed to notice or report that situation at the time and then spent the next half century ridiculing anyone who suggested this possibility, why should anyone believe that the media can be trusted on the question of who actually shot down Flight MH17 in Ukraine? Our American Pravda indeed.

UPDATE: Our long, detailed article by distinguished Dutch journalist Karel van Wolferen has had enormous traffic, and is now on the verge of becoming the most heavily read piece in the history of our young webzine, while the nearly 600 Tweets it has so far received indicatie distribution comparable to that of a major New York Times article. All this has happened in just the last couple of days.

Furthermore, just as I had hoped, the very lengthy comment threads of the two articles have provided a wealth of additional information, far beyond anything I had previously encountered, given my slight familiarity with this issue.

First, I learned that a group of highly-experienced former intelligence officers from the CIA, FBI, NSA, and other government agencies has issued a public statement sharply criticizing the lack of evidence substantiating the claims made by American government officials.

Also, the blogsite of Col. Patrick Lang, a very highly regarded former Defense Intelligence official, has published a lengthy and detailed analysis of the MH17 Incident, raising many of the same issues:

Furthermore, one of the commenters on our website, who purportedly has a military intelligence background, pointed us to the very detailed analysis he had published on his own blogsite regarding MH17:

And I also discovered that a prominent leftist journalist had also published a lengthy reconstruction of the shoot-down:

Although I claim no great expertise in military affairs, these analyses certainly seem to strengthen my suspicions that the Official Story almost universally accepted by the Western MSM is far from solid and may indeed be a ridiculous fabrication. I urge others to follow the links I have provided, and draw their own conclusions, perhaps different from my own. But they should ask themselves why so many highly-regarded former U.S. intelligence professionals would be raising these serious doubts and why our mainstream media has totally failed to report them.

As for me, I’ve noticed a curious fact. It appears that the people and organizations promoting the current Official Line on Ukraine have a huge overlap with the people and organizations that promoted the disastrous Iraq War, based on the notorious WMD Hoax. Meanwhile, the people providing serious skepticism about government accusations regarding MH17 are exactly the same people who raised doubts and skepticism about Iraq’s alleged WMD and the wisdom of attacking Iraq, while being just as totally ignored by the MSM then as now.

Since none of the Iraq War or WMD Hoax culprits ever received proper punishment for their crimes, they’ve mostly remained alive and free and able to promote equally disastrous foreign policy adventures in the media they continue to control. But that doesn’t mean we must be so gullible as to believe what they say.

Going forward, the crucial unknown is whether our timorous media or even its ideological fringes, will begin to seriously report these issues, or whether they’ll all get into line just as they did during the WMD Hoax.


Scott Horton has a podcast interview of Karel van Wolferen

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  1. For example, according to the official American story, MH17 was downed by rebels armed with a BUK anti-aircraft missile battery. As it happens, the pro-American Ukraine government possesses a large inventory of exactly those weapons, while it is far from clear that the rebels have a single unit, let alone the expertise to operate such sophisticated devices.

    Except for the fact that the pro-Russian rebels on social media bragged about shooting down a plane with BUK missiles. The expertise to use them could obviously have come from Russian agents.

    Furthermore, there apparently exists radar evidence demonstrating that Ukraine fighter planes were in the immediate vicinity of MH17 just before it was shot down

    Only source for this appears to be the Russian government:

    and there are firsthand reports from investigators on the ground that portions of the crashed fuselage showed strong evidence of having been hit the sort of heavy machine-gun fire employed in air combat.

    Every story I’ve read on this says that OSCE investigators believed that those holes were consistent with being hit by a BUK missile

    For example, The Washington Post:

    The images show pieces of the aircraft riddled with holes roughly the size of a child’s fist. Evidence, some experts say, of a surface-to-air missile’s distinct detonation pattern.

    “Although many of the holes may vary in size, the punctures seen in the photograph attached are relatively uniform in size, consistent with patterns exhibited by fragmentary warheads detonated at a proximity from the target,” Jane’s Military Capabilities Manager Reed Foster said in an e-mail. “This would potentially be consistent with a fragmentation type warhead employed upon a number of modern and legacy surface-to-air missile systems.”

    According to the NYT:

    The damage, including the shrapnel holes and blistered paint on a panel of the destroyed plane’s exterior, is consistent with the effects of a fragmenting warhead carried by an SA-11 missile, known in Russian as a Buk, the type of missile that American officials have said was the probable culprit in the downing of the plane.

    After some googling, I’ve found that those who argue Unz’s view will point to the comments of one OSCE official, shown here.

    He simply says it “almost looks like machine gun fire,” and basically says he doesn’t have the expertise to judge.

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  2. The most important question is about the air traffic control tapes. Ukraine claims that there have not been any formal request for them. What? It seems to me the pilots last communications would be very important to any investigation and not releasing them immediately only signals foul play.

  3. Also, just to be clear, I detest American foreign policy and the way we are forcing the worst aspects of our culture onto the rest of the world. I also believe that Vladimir Putin’s goals for the world, whatever the faults, are preferable to our Western leaders, whose deepest desire seems to be destroy the cultures of those they rule over. And as soon as I heard top American officials speaking up for “Pussy Riot,” it’s been hard for me to feel any kind of patriotism.

    That being said, you can be pro-Russia without having your IQ drop by 30 points. Wolferen even takes the Crimea referendum at face value. And the entire conspiracy theory about Ukraine fighter jets comes from a 50 second YouTube clip taken out of its proper context.

    I became suspicious when the pro-Russian posters here did not provide links for all this evidence they supposedly have. After a little investigation, I began to understand why.

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  4. Nice expose. The only thing is that those Western media you mention are well discredited. New Your Times, MSNBC, NBS just joke after joke after joke. Since Ted’s CNN discovered the concept of self-financed propaganda (CIA and Pentagon supply the ‘news’, advertisers pay for production, people consume the output keenly), the Western elite has been trying to acquire this Holy Grail summarised as: The user Pays Principle, or the brainwashed masses pay for own brainwashing. Since the CNN, it has not worked so well mainly because the Internet appeared. The general concept of centralised distribution of truths and opinions is dead. But the Western power-holders are still trying the old models which do not work any more and are making every media house in the West a bigger and bigger joke. They expect media houses to distribute feral regime propaganda and the consumers and the shareholders of media companies to pay the bill. I am not aware of even one media company which is doing financially well under such arrangement. And it will get only worse for them as younger generations increasingly stay away from the press and the idiot box. One interesting exception is the British Guardian (a Fleet Street outsider), which appears to have found a niche of old-style true reporting as opposed to transcribing of government releases that all other British media houses practice. But how long will this exception last?

  5. Well, well, Unz on the mysterious Ukrainian Su-25 path?

    Really, it is most probably not much more than a conspiracy theory. Su-25 aircraft are simply not capable (not realistically, anyway) to down the Boeing Airliner at 10000 m.

    The most realistic scenario is still accidental downing of the airliner by some (drunken?) separatists.

    I don’t read much of the US mainstream media (except a few articles each month from NYT & Washington Post), so I don’t really know what’s going on there, but from German, British & Dutch news sites I don’t see much of the propaganda war mentioned here.

    I can’t see the difference van Wolferen alleges between Dutch media & the likes of “Der Spiegel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit”. There are slight differences between individual media, but there is nothing like a universal blame on Putin for the downing of MH17 (although he is blamed for supporting the separatists).

    Not one of the media I usually read even alleged that the separatists actually downed a passenger aircraft on purpose. Most consider it a mistake, as I mentioned above.

    There is no “dangerous MSM “conspiracy of silence””, at least not in the European media I access. All the conspiracy theories mentioned by Unz can be found in “Der Spiegel, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit” & other European sources. Of course, being conspiracy theories, they are not viewed too positively, but they are usually not simply dismissed. The available evidence for them is weighed (& usually found wanting).

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  6. Isn’t the issue one of jumping to conclusions and our press acting like it is already settled.
    “It is the Russians, we know it is the Russians, let’s get them.” The news acts like it is settled, they did it.

    But the bigger issue is one of honor, have we sunk so low as to betray our oaths? I thought sticking to your word was one of hall marks of the great Western civilization? Have we become such a legalistic society that promises are casually broken with the explanation of “Well you didn’t read the fine print.”
    Here is the NYTimes echoing the story of our lies about NATO expansion.

    From a 2009 NYT article, by Mary Elise Sarotte, Enlarging Nato, Expanding Confusion, discussing the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that Gorbachev understood as meaning no NATO expansion, applying to his agreeing to German reunification.

    NYT says “Did the United States betray Russia at the dawn of the post-cold war era? The short answer is no. Nothing legally binding emerged from the negotiations over German unification. In fact, in September 1990, an embattled Mr. Gorbachev signed the accords that allowed NATO to extend itself over the former East Germany in exchange for financial assistance from Bonn to Moscow. A longer answer, however, shows that there were mixed messages and diplomatic ambiguities.

    By acknowledging that there might be some substance to Russian grievances, the Obama administration would strengthen our relations with Moscow. Given that NATO enlargement has already taken place and efforts for further expansion are stalled, little would be lost with such an acknowledgment but much could be gained.” Unquote

  7. Hepp,
    Thanks for the information on the other side of the story. So far I’ve only read what has been written here at the Unz Review. Turns out the mainstream media is not totally useless (this is not intended as a slight of the Unz Review).

  8. When the entire Ukraine trouble started with protesting in Kiev, the protestors were killed by `police’ who turned out to be someones else who want to create `brutality’ from govement for inciting revolution.

    With that kind of history to manipulate public opinions, there will be long way to go to find truth.

  9. The black boxes sure are taking a long time to be analyzed.

    The Russian government released civil air radar tracking that raised a number of questions. (Yes, but they’re Russians!)

    The Russian government released photos showing a concentration of Ukrainian BUK units near the area of the MH17 shootdown. (But they’re Russians!)

    The assertion that the flight had been diverted from the flight path used over the previous week or two, to fly over Donetsk, has not yet been debunked or explained.

    The Kiev air traffic control records have apparently vanished.

    As part of Operation Breeze 2014, US and NATO warships were in the Black Sea, including the French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme (A759), and Italian signals intelligence ship ITS Elettra (A 5340). No data has been released from these warships.

    BUK launchers are part of a system, including command and control and advanced radar vehicles in addition to the launcher itself. All assertions that the separatists have a BUK launcher seem to say “a” BUK launcher—-which vastly limits the effective range of the system.

    After reviewing all of these questions and issues, the West has collectively decided that it was drunk separatists, on the basis, apparently, of “just because.”

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  10. The Russian government released civil air radar tracking that raised a number of questions. (Yes, but they’re Russians!)

    The Russian government released photos showing a concentration of Ukrainian BUK units near the area of the MH17 shootdown. (But they’re Russians!)

    I don’t automatically believe the Russian government, nor do I accept whatever western governments say at face value. That’s why I haven’t cited evidence that the Ukrainian and American governments put forward. However, evidence from the OSCE, UN, and international media all seem to corroborate the idea that it was pro-Russian rebels.

    What’s more likely:

    The Russian government is lying? or

    The governments of every western country, all western media, the UN, and the OSCE are all lying?

    By the way, I haven’t seen anyone dispute the fact that Russian rebels basically admitted it on social media.

    Also, notice how I provided links for my assertions, while you did not? I refuted Unz’s three points, then you just throw out new claims without any sources. It would take a full time researcher to keep up with all this, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the new claims you’re making aren’t any more credible than what you were saying before.

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  11. The black boxes sure are taking a long time to be analyzed.

    Ok, I know I said I wasn’t going to look up any more unsubstantiated claims, but couldn’t resist this one. Just google “MH17 black boxes.”

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  12. I totally agree that it’s absolutely ridiculous to suspect that “The governments of every western country, all western media, the UN, and the OSCE are all lying?”

    It’s almost as ridiculous as believing that 139 eminent genetic scientists would have incorrectly denounced a book they hadn’t even bothered reading:

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  13. Here’s my independent intelligence assessment of MH 17:

    It fairly matches what is written here…

    Insofar as a ‘communist spy network’ gaining control, it would appear they lost out to a religious-fascist group over the long haul; ‘sociopaths & democracy’ (google it)

  14. Come on Ron, that analogy is simply goofy, and you know it.

    We have evidence for HBD. Do you have any evidence for the MH17 conspiracy theory that doesn’t come from the Russian government? HBD is supported by logic, science, and common sense.

    Think about what conspiracy theorists have to believe. Ukraine would have had to intentionally be looking for a civilian plane to shoot down, since there was no other reason for fighter jets to be in the area. And for what reason? To blame it on Russians, I presume? But wouldn’t the Ukrainians have to worry that the intelligence agencies of other European governments would find out the ruse?

    Or were European governments in on it too? And they went along with this plan…why exactly? So they could put tougher sanctions on Russia, I presume. But why couldn’t they just go and do that anyway, if they were capable of that level of cooperation?

    I’m willing to believe it, if you have evidence.

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  15. Seems to me getting the true facts is made near impossible by the “counter” facts that follow. Yeah sure you can read up on all the available material and yet there is never a majority of consensus that won’t be challenged. No fan of the MSM but I suppose they are keeping it simple for us folks; otherwise conspiracy theory might have reported the shootdown as an anti-gay attack (because of the HIV scientists on board) by some homophobic government forces.

  16. I totally agree that my analogy is “simply goofy.” After all, everyone knows that politicians and government spokespeople are paid to lie for a living in support of what they perceive to be the national interest. Meanwhile, scientists are objective, disinterested seekers of truth.

    One of our commenters has provided a link to a very detailed analysis of the episode on his blog, that I’d strongly suggest people read and consider:

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  17. “I lamented this cowardice of our intelligentsia…”

    This certitude and disdain can be off-putting. The opposite is more effective. This sentiment is more important than people think it is.

    Any complex event can have a conspiracy narrative drafted about it that sounds convincing, complete with certainty from technical experts. It helps if Russian intelligence services are working behind the scenes.

    But the rebels took credit on social media for shooting down a plane in their airspace, and then deleted the post after they discovered it wasn’t a cargo plane.

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  18. I totally agree that my analogy is “simply goofy.” After all, everyone knows that politicians and government spokespeople are paid to lie for a living in support of what they perceive to be the national interest.

    Ok, let’s say that the governments of Russia and the West all cancel each out, and reject anything that comes from a government.

    What’s left as a source of information?

    The media? Ok, you don’t believe them either.

    International organizations? You don’t seem to consider them credible.

    If you’re just going to pooh-pooh every possible source of information–except for the Russia government, which is apparently made up of the only honest people on earth–then I don’t see how you can really debate the issue.

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  19. Social media ‘evidence’ is fraught with danger…

    …except, perhaps, in a case where ‘truth’ is a relative thing

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  20. Thanks for the link.

    1. Yes, Wikipedia’s current version implies that its unconfirmed whether the social media account that took credit actually belongs to the rebel leader in question.

    2. On the other hand, Wikipedia could be wrong (perhaps deliberately so), and there could be good evidence making it likely that it was a genuine account.

    This is Wikipedia’ current version:

    Multiple sources cited a post on the VKontakte social networking service that was made by an account under Girkin’s name which acknowledged shooting down an aircraft at approximately the same time that the civilian arliner Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was reported to have crashed in eastern Ukraine in the same area near the Russian border on July 17, 2014.[53][54][55][56] The post specifically referenced how warnings were issued for planes not to fly in their airspace and the downing of a Ukrainian military Antonov An-26 transport plane which the Ukraine Crisis Media Center suggested was a case of misidentification with the MH17.[54][56] This post was deleted later in the day and the account behind it claimed that Igor Girkin has no official account on this social service.[57][58][59][60]

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  21. It all depends on who is staying on top of the edits at wikipedia:

    ^ A recent, small project, shows a result that is not pretty. I doubt any CIA edits would be friendly to the so-called ‘rebels’ cause but on the other hand, they have to be careful to allow at least a semblance of balance in the reporting or wikipedia gets called out on demolishing the possible facts

  22. Hepp:

    I did just as you suggested, and googled “MH17 Black Boxes.” The preliminary report is due to be released, according to the first link, “in a few weeks.”

    On or about 28 July, a whole spate of stories appeared, which alleged that Flight MH17 was brought down by shrapnel that caused “massive explosive decompression,” analysis of the black box recorders has found. The source of that analysis was a Ukrainian security official named Andriy Lysenko, in Kiev.

    Query: were the black boxes analyzed in Kiev? How did Lysenko get the information? How very convenient.

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  23. The Black Boxes were handed over to the British for analysis, so much for ‘impartial’ investigation (David Cameron has been on the Putin lynching bandwagon)

    It’s time for some zzz on this end … past midnight here (Central Europe Time)

    Good luck sorting it all out-

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    Hi Hep,
    You seem to be trying and you admit you did a “little” investigation. I was on the case within minutes and have done a lot of investigation. The Ukraine “knew” within a half an hour that it was a Buk. Too soon! The recording came out that day also only to be debunked within hours. The MSM keeps using debunked evidence long after it has been debunked. The NYT and WaPo are Neocon outlets who are not at all trust worthy.

    My arthritis keeps me from typing much more than this but if you don’t mind a lot of email, I mean a LOT, I can load you up.


    To get a overview of the entire neoliberal armed robbery of the Ukraine go here for starters. Start at the start and you will know a lot about the whole situation.

  25. “Everyone knows that politicians and government spokespeople are paid to lie for a living in support of what they perceive to be the national interest.”

    It’s a huge problem for credibility – one must assume that information is being manipulated or disinformation disseminated, because they have been caught doing it endlessly. Even if it turns out that something is true, it’s not because they are truthful – merely that the truth, as do lies, happened in an instance to serve their purposes.

    The very obvious lying makes it seem that their entire program is one of deception.

    The “national interest” seems to mean “economic benefits” accruing to an elite.

  26. Query: were the black boxes analyzed in Kiev? How did Lysenko get the information? How very convenient.

    He was told it by the Brits/Dutch, obviously. Anyway, the pattern of holes found on part of the nose section of the plane already confirmed that shrapnel damage must have downed the plane.

    Sorry, Mr Unz, but you should stick to writing about what you know; you’re going to end up looking very silly!

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  27. 1. Yes, Wikipedia’s current version implies that its unconfirmed whether the social media account that took credit actually belongs to the rebel leader in question.

    “Strelkov’s Dispatches” (Svodki Strelkova Igora Ivanovicha) at the VKontakte social media site (itself controlled by Kremlin insiders Alisher Usmanov and Igor Sechin) was used as the main source for breaking news by the Russian media itself, usually followed by a more polished official statement later by Strelkov. Russian media, including all the major newspapers and TV channels considered the site reliable throughout June and July including the period right after the shoot down of MH17 without as far as I can tell any complaints from Strelkov’s “government”. After it became clear they had shot down a passenger airline they erased their claim of responsibility which unfortunately for them was recorded. At that point the Russian side claimed that this unofficial site, which had been accurate as far as the Russian media (and pro-Russian bloggers and tweeters) were concerned for the past six weeks, was suddenly, and very conveniently, deemed too unofficial and unreliable to take seriously!

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  28. Matra, can you confirm this? Do you have screenshots of, for example, RT taking Strelkov’s VKontakte page as a reliable news source and then claiming that it was fake? If so, that would be a smoking gun.

  29. The question was mostly rhetorical. At the time Lysenko made his announcement—-repeated around the world—-there was no way he could have known what the black boxes would report. Yet his assertion was picked up and broadcast around the world. As I say, mighty convenient. As an editor at my high school newspaper, I would have asked, “OK, so where did he get this information?”

  30. Though I haven’t seen this theory mentioned anywhere, it could be that Strelkov simply assumed yet another downing of a transport plane by his side and blindly claimed responsibility. Since the rebels don’t have planes and since they likely didn’t have an operational BUK system capable of downing airliners it would have been a most logical assumption.

  31. One thing people here need to realize: Not everything is like HBD

    What do I mean by that?

    Well, when it comes to HBD issues, you can read a random blogger and have more knowledge about the world than someone with PhDs in sociology and economics. Questions of fact related to foreign policy are not like that.

    Perhaps Ukrainian and American intelligence did shoot down MH17, but if the Official Story is wrong, we’re not going to find out thanks to some random blogger. We’ll maybe find out after half a century when files get declassified and historians devoted full time to the issue reach such a conclusion.

    Unless the Official Story doesn’t pass the smell test (like HBD denialism), you should generally believe it. Rebels accidentally shooting down the plane makes a lot more sense than some conspiracy that requires a lot of coordination and has no motive (why not just put sanctions on Russia anyway?).

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  32. Do some commentators really think they should be taken seriously?

    Here is Hepp in a summary: what NYT (Pravda) publishes is a fact, what Russian Government says is a lie. The NYT has been caught lying so many times that the space here is not enough (start from Iraq WMD), the Russian Government has not been caught lying. Therefore, Hepp, keep believing the US Ministry of Truth, this is really a personal choice.

    Here is Bossel: “Su-25 aircraft are simply not capable (not realistically, anyway) to down the Boeing Airliner at 10000 m. The most realistic scenario is still accidental downing of the airliner by some (drunken?) separatists.” Therefore, Bossel, it is all Russian propaganda but you are a military expert who knows better than the Russians what their plane from Soviet times is capable of. Maybe you are at that alcohol level which makes people write such drivel.

    Ron expressed a personal opinion. I have done the same on Friday morning after the event that both scenarios are possible: a US false-flag to get more EU sanctions on Russia or an out of control Russian officer in Ukraine. But, if it was not clear Whodoneit, it was totally clear who benefits it. Even a beginner criminal investigator would start from the question: Cui Bono. Here, Ron highlights that in the screaming propaganda department, the US has been the leader, whilst in the facts department Russia has been the leader. But Russian evidence is quite inconclusive. Also, as Sean points out some of the very important evidence under the control of the US stooges in Ukraine is still missing: the Air Traffic Control tapes. Further, the Russians have challenged the US to provide images from the satellites which were above Ukraine at the time. But the US response has been the usual BS: “we would have to kill you if we were to show you; just trust us”. In summary, we have a flood of unsubstantiated statements from the US and a few inconclusive facts from Russia about this horrible event.

    I am pretty sure that we will never know for sure Whodoneit. But we know that the US has already gained the full benefit – driven a big wedge by EU sanctions against Russia and the Russian counter-sanctions. This event will now mostly disappear from the media, except for occasional warm up, for example when a doctored report comes out of UK analysis of the black boxes. As people asked, why did Malaysia Airlines not deliver them straight to the CIA?

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    I’m with Hepp on this one. You don’t have to be a fan of Russian baiting or U.S. foreign policy to believe the most obvious explanation. I’ve worked with both Ukrainian and the U.S. governments–neither is competent enough to orchestrate the conspiracy this would require.

    Here’s a good rundown of the social media evidence:
    Too many independent images with step-by-step analysis from too many independent sources to believe this went down any other way than the consensus story.

  34. ” I’ve worked with both Ukrainian and the U.S. governments–neither is competent enough to orchestrate the conspiracy this would require.”

    Yet competent enough to accomplish regime change with $5 billion, in which conspiracy neocon Nuland-Kagan was caught in flagrante delicto.

    It’s true that these operations are never entirely predictable in their consequences, except they are always negative in the eventual blowback.

    Maybe they thought it was Putin’s plane and the rebels would be blamed for that – and Putin considered to have received rough justice. Gessen, Kerry’s favorite, has been quite open about the official aim of regime change in Russia and the dismantling of Russia into weak western-controlled satrapies. At which point they see Snowden falling into their hand like a rotten fruit. The rhetoric is at least as heated as that against Fidel Castro, whom covert operatives were directed to assassinate, and whose government is still the target for externally sponsored regime change ops.

  35. I googled it. Here’s India Times from this Monday. Looks like the analysis is taking a loong time.

    “Dutch air crash investigators said Monday they expect to release an initial report into what brought down flight MH17 over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives “‘in a few weeks’”.

  36. Unless the Official Story doesn’t pass the smell test (like HBD denialism), you should generally believe it.

    Your opinion. And I seriously doubt you actually believe that nonsense. You need to read about the Pentagon Papers and Daniel Ellsberg.

    Besides, the Ukie/US story is no more official than the Rebel/Russian story. The Russian MH-17 presentation was way more professional than anything coming out of Kiev or the White house. I’m sorry, but seeing uniformed Senior Russian Officers with a room full of monitors showing plane and satellite paths is far more convincing than a twatterpated White House wannabee blond bubblehead babbling about twitter and social media.

    On a “where’s the beef” scale, I put the Russians at 9, and the US/Ukie Gov at 1. Or perhaps a little lower, like -1 because there’s no meat at all, just hot air.

    Rebels accidentally shooting down the plane makes a lot more sense than some conspiracy that requires a lot of coordination and has no motive (why not just put sanctions on Russia anyway?).

    True. But Ukie BUK units accidentally shooting down the plane makes even more sense. It’s FACT that the Ukies have 5 BUK REGIMENTS, and everyone knows they’re not well trained. ‘’.

    On the other hand, there’s no concrete evidence whatsoever that the rebels have a BUK unit or the training to use it. Just speculation, hearsay, and twitter.

    There are several indicators that your “Official Story” is bogus. First, a real investigation would intensely scrutinize those that are known to have lots of BUKs in the area: the Ukie military. But the US/Ukie “Official Story” never goes there. That possibility is off limits, we get just the dead silence of omission. The omission speaks volumes. And omission is another word for LIE. Second, the US/Ukie Gov has not presented proper radar or satellite data to back up their allegations, or to rebut the Russians. They impounded the air-traffic controller tapes. And the Black Box analysis results are still not available. Third, the general tone of the US/Ukie rhetoric is far more nasty and unreasonable than the Russian/Rebel responses, which is a good example of the old adage “Argument weak – Shout!” Never trust somebody that has to shout in your face to make their case.

    Honestly, at this point, the US/Ukie narrative is so broken that they will probably never recover. But they don’t seem to care, they have total control of the media.

    (why not just put sanctions on Russia anyway?).

    Because it only hurts people, and it will fail in the long run.

  37. Hepp is spot on in all his comments so far.

    After the Russians claimed that a Ukrainian Sukhoi SU-25 was in the vicinity- a plane which can’t get within 10000 feet of the height MH17 was traveling at- the Wikipedia article for the plane suddenly underwent a lot of editing by mysterious people seeking to claim that it could go that high.

    I’m amazed that anyone is still promoting the Ukrainian fighter theory.

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  38. He was told it by the Brits/Dutch, obviously.

    Hunsdon said: The Dutch denied it.

    The results, given today by Ukrainian security official Andriy Lysenko, have, however, left Dutch officials stunned as they did not expect the “premature” announcement.

    Mr Lysenko told a news conference that the fragments had come from a rocket blast.

    His source however, is under scrutiny after the Dutch Safety Board (DSB) confirmed they did not give the information to Ukraine.

    DSB spokeswoman Sara Vernooij told The Independent: “I can’t make a comment on what source Mr. Lysenko has.

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    The only group that has the motive, means and opportunity to deliberately down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is Ukraine.

    Analysis of the wreckage and evidence to date indicates that the MH17 was shot down by combat fire from a Ukrainian fighter jet. The cockpit shows signs of 3omm bullet holes and damage to the top of the left wing which aligns up with the cockpit indicating that the plane was shot down from behind and on the same level as MH17.

    The odds are 75% that it was Ukraine forces and 25% pro Russian militants

    1. Why has Ukraine not provided copies of the Air Traffic Control data and tapes that were secured within hours of the planes demise.
    2. Why has Ukraine’s BUK missiles not been subject to a full independent forensic audit to determine is nay had been recently fired or missing? A BUK missile launch would leave trace elements on the ground and on the launcher..
    3. Why has the US not provided details from its satellite and military surveillance over the conflict zone in Ukraine ? A US Satellite was directly overhead at the time of the lane crash and there are military surveillance ships in the black sea monitoring the skies.
    4. Why was Fight MH17 redirected to fly over the conflict zone and why was it required to drop down to 10,000 meters within the operating altitude of Ukrainian fighter jets which were reported to be trailing the flight at the time.
    5. A BUK missile leaves behind a different pattern of destruction. It explodes within close distance to its target and sends out a ring of shrapnel. If this hit the plane from the forward direction then there would be shrapnel puncture marks all over the fuselage not just the cockpit.

    Normally I would think that such a suggestion would be preposterous but given Ukraine’s history and events of a provocateur sniper shooting protestors and police alike in February in Kyiv, the organized massacre of over 45 people in Odessa on May 2, the retaliatory slaughter of a Police station in Mariupol on May 8, the “legalization” of Right Sector Para military forming the “National Guard” and there attacks on civilian population in Eastern Ukraine a false flag would be within their means and agenda. It certainly has worked to data in their favor.

    The only other states that have shot down civilian Airlines in the past not as an act of terrorism is Ukraine in 2001 and the United states who shot done an Iranian Airliner flying over Iranian territory/air space.

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    The propaganda from our western media extends fully into our own back yard here in the UK, with probably ‘The Guardian’ the only exception (partially).

    Having followed the arguments of the eastern and western shills on commentaries such as this from the beginnings of this crisis, I have, unfortunately, come to the view that an east/west clash is INEVITABLE, because put simply, that’s what the US wants.

    As has been the case with every single war the US has initiated since 1946, they will lose and, by the magic of the mainstream propagandists in the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc, etc, will turn ignominious defeat (most recently by a bunch of rag tag, AK47 wielding tribesmen in Afghanistan), into “mission accomplished” American style. Except, this time, there isn’t likely to be anyone left to make their case – if there are – I am pretty sure that the rest of us will be employing every streetlight left standing – Italian style.

    Americans are intellectually inferior to just about every nation on the planet who have a better than kindergarten system of education, so any appeal to common sense or based upon actual provable facts, will simply perish on the horns of American jingoism and rank stupidity. The neocons think they can win and they have convinced the “Whitehouse Fool” of this fallacy – God help us all.

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    With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.

    Hunter S. Thompson

  43. “(why not just put sanctions on Russia anyway?)”

    This is one of the most stupid statements/questions I have read here.
    Firstly, it is the Government (here US Gov) which decides, whilst it is businesses which lose the income, thus only a government employee would think that applying sanctions is like pressing a button (or like Nike’s Just Do It).
    Second, the USG has already applied most of its sanctions.
    Third, the bilateral trade between the EU and Russia is more than 10x the trade between US and Russia. The target of this potential false flag would have been the former – getting EU to apply sanctions on Russia which would cost EU hundreds of thousands of jobs (and similar in Russia). Which EU country government could have applied such costly sanctions in the middle of catastrophic unemployment without a “smoking gun” which came in the form of screaming propaganda from USUK?

  44. MR Hepp, it seems to me,given your ‘analitical skills’ that you,eminently,can not afford to loose the ,proverbial,30 IQ points. It would put you in negative territory.

  45. If the Russians were lying it would have been just as easy and far more logical to invent the presence of an SU-27 or a Mig-29.

  46. Unless the Official Story doesn’t pass the smell test (like HBD denialism), you should generally believe it.

    What gets to count as the official story? Bound Congressional/Administrative branch reports? Tweets from the guy who happens to be the US ambassador in Kiev? Which entities’ reports should we grant this belief to? Is it only the US government’s story which counts as “the official story?” If the “official story” of two different institutions are different, for example, which do I believe and why?

    By the way, what *is* the US official story? I don’t notice that there actually is one. You get these spastic accusations, sometimes via irregular channels, backed up by nothing–or by twitter– from the State Department. Then you get these contradictory leaks (to Robert Parry) by intelligence sources. Tangentially, if we had a real media, it might currently be investigating the nature of the institutional infighting between State and, well, whoever is feeding Parry. DIA? CIA?

    Ok, let’s say that the governments of Russia and the West all cancel each out, and reject anything that comes from a government.

    What’s left as a source of information?

    But they don’t cancel each other out. The US has provided accusations. Kiev has provided accusations and lies. The only piece of evidence against the Novorussians at this point is a tweet. Which could be, you know, a mistake or the result of a hack (I know, another conspiracy theory. The NSA doesn’t really exist and Stuxnet is a rumor).

    How do lawyers/courts handle this, evaluating the credibility of witnesses? One way is to inquire as to whether the witness is an habitual liar. Are the US government and its media habitual liars? As you admit, on race they are. How about on foreign policy? Did we get reasonably accurate information out of these people on Iraq? On Syria? Remember those Kuwaiti incubators? Do we get honest descriptions of what the Kiev junta is like out of Washington? There are more. The US government and its media seem like deeply and persistently dishonest institutions to me.

    The Kiev junta? They have been caught in numerous lies. BUK 312, for example. Maybe the Russian government and media are similarly dishonest, but it would be nice to get actual evidence of that, rather than these childish “you can’t believe them, they’re Ruskis!”

    How about cui bono? That’s another principle used to assess the veracity of stories people tell. the US/Kiev side benefited from the shoot-down. The US is desperate to portray the Russians as dangerous, impulsive, violent, and unpredictable. (No matter how false and full of projection this portrayal is) The shoot-down helped with that.

    How about who acts with an evidently guilty mind? The Russian side has consistently called for and cooperated with an investigation of the shoot-down. The US/Kiev side has jumped to conclusions and blocked the investigation, up to and including violating a UN cease-fire resolution. The black boxes were promptly turned over by the Novorussians. And they have fallen into a black hole, with the Dutch investigation already missing one deadline for reporting and now saying first week of September—notice, you don’t have to believe the Dutch are “in on it:” the delay was caused by Kiev. A cease fire was agreed, and a UN resolution gotten to protect the evidence at the crash site. Immediately afterwards the Kiev junta launched a major offensive (still ongoing) directly at the crash site, preventing access. The Dutch crash investigators have returned to Holland without visiting the site as a result.

    Why is the US government sharing none of their undoubtedly extensive information? Why did the Kiev junta take air traffic control information and disappear it? Why has Kiev not explained the diversion of MH17 from its normal flight path into the combat area? Why is it that the only party to release real data is Russia?

    How about deportment and demeanor? Can anyone honestly say they find John Kerry a credible witness? Jen Psaki? Obama? Why would anyone believe these people? Contrast Putin and Lavrov who have been sober, reserved, reasonable, and calm throughout.

  47. That’s a great point. The evidence for HBD is overwhelming, but going heterodox on that issue makes people more likely to go heterodox on other issues that might not deserve it. I regularly make a conscious effort to uncorrupt my mind from the corruptions I unintentionally start to accept from reading this corner of the web.

    Looking at the commenting histories of many of the commenters in this thread, it seems likely they’re either nationalistic Russians or working out of a Russian commenting mill.

    (A message to Russians: I want Russia and the West to be allies. They’re both going to be swallowed by the rest of the world (China, the Islamic Caliphate, Africa, etc.), and their internecine rivalry has helped destroy them both (the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Rhodesian Bush War, etc.).

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  48. Hear him, hear him.

  49. Privet, govorit’ Vladimir Vladimirovich. (Hello, this is Vladimir Vladimirovich.)
    Tovarisch Vladimir Vladimirovich, menya poimali. (Comrade Vladimir Vladimirovich, they have caught me.)
    Nesmotrya na to, chto ya pishu po-angliskii, uznali, kak-to, chto ya sam russki. (Despite the fact that I write in English, they have, somehow, discovered that I am Russian.)
    Vozvryazhaisya na rodinu, Khunzdon. Tvoya rabota sdelena tam. (Return to the Motherland, Hunsdon. Your work there is done.)

  50. The more I think about it, the more likely it seems that it was the rebels who accidentally shot it down. This explanation is not totally watertight, there is some room for doubt, but generally this is the simplest and most plausible explanation.

  51. On Friday morning after the event, before writing here on UNZ, in my thoughts I put myself into MH17. I have flown many times on Malaysia Airlines (very polite cabin staff who are instructed to chitchat with passengers, to establish a social contact, to make you feel more than just a passenger). I could have been on MH17. I heard about the event on the morning radio show from an almost screaming anglo-catholic Australian Prime Minister, a man for who it would take a microscope to find that single working brain cell. This is the guy who about 7 hours after the event was screaming his head off how Russkie’s did it, obviously because his US masters told him so. My thought was how much disrespect this Australian regime shows to the victims, which I could have been, by instrumentilising the death of passengers for propaganda and political purposes. But I also thought: “He must have some clear evidence to be so sure!”. I was not counting on the regime-changing US ambassador to Ukraine publishing ‘evidence’ on Twitter, which is then taken by the Western media and published as fact, which is then taken by the brainwashed zombies and quoted online (here) as fact. Is this what is called “fact” now? The said PM later started calling for an investigation (obviously instructed by his minders), but his first reaction contained a shocking amount of hate. There are several mad-hatters like this Ossie PM inside leadership of anglo countries (neocons etc), which suggests a good chance for a war. I am not Russian, but I note that there is definitely too much establishment hate against the Russians in the Anglo-countries; I do not know clearly why. Yet, I still believe in the (Westminster) political system to put brakes on this mad hate. I also believe that the US is not so crazy to start a shooting war which would end civilisation and that the US plan is to economically strangulate Russia, to then impose leadership change (which is still extremely risky, but a lesser evil). Because, if a shooting war is started by the US, then it is UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand which will be fighting it, as always. And not much of them will be left to celebrate the win.

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  52. Wow. This article packs a heck of a punch. Bravo!

    I shall be sharing it on my Facebook timeline, for what little that is worth.

  53. : you’re actually wrong about “50 second youtube segments.” RT published an almost 30 minute long Russian briefing on the subject with radar screens and everything.

    As for the social media evidence, I’m a lot more convinced by the Russian presentation than something that was allegedly posted on VKontakte. They used facts and figures, and I caught no obvious lies about the military systems in question, though they were certainly implying things I consider unlikely.

    I actually do not agree with the idea that an Su-25 may have shot down MH17, and have written an article on my blog saying so (with tremendous arguments in the comments). On the other hand, I agree with Ron here that the US media has presented nothing but the sheerest US propaganda (as bad as the Russians; maybe worse), and could care less about facts. I think it’s likely it was the separatists who made a mistake. However, it is also somewhat likely that the Ukrainian military made a mistake. They have done so in the past. If there was an Su-25 in the region, it seems the most likely scenario is the separatists were aiming at that. Military planes have ECM which could make this happen.

    As for a false flag operation, I guess anything is possible, but our government/media axis seems to need no help demonizing the Rooskie. They’ve been setting us up for war with them for the last 2 years, starting with the Sochi olympics. Please insert pomeranian grenadier quotes here, and notice that Biden’s son now works for a Ukrainian energy company. This latter fact is completely disgusting, but you would need to read wingnut and Russian websites to notice.

    Whatever actually happened: the US media has provided us with no facts. The US government says they know that the separatists did it, but the evidence they’ve thus far presented has been baloney. If they have satellite photos: they should publish them, just like they did with the overflight photos during the Cuban missile crisis back when the US government still had some shred of credibility. “Trust us” doesn’t work after Snowden.

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  54. Kiza’s take sure was enlightening. But wait Anglo-catholic is t.s. Eliot is prime minister of Australia? Oh no you mean catholic, but catholic bashing isn’t enough for one post so you have to squeeze the Anglo in there to add a little punch.

    Here’s a tip if your post is going to be as bombastic as yours is, never criticize someone else’s anger. it kind of looks like projection. If I had to guess your chin has been specked with far more spittle of rage than Tony Abbott’s.

    One more thing tony Abbott is a Rhodes scholar. In other words he’s far smarter than any man who has ruled Russia since at least Lenin. He’s also certainly smarter than you.

  55. @Sam Haysom
    It reads like I touched a bit of a raw nerve there, does it not?

    Wow, Australian PM is a Rhodes Scholar, that must be something very enlightened, maybe one step below God (who is an Englishmen, of course). I stated Abbott’s Anglo-Catholic state of mind as opposed to Anglican because in some places in the world they call such individuals the Inbetweeners. Sort of Henry VIII but with only one firing brain cell. Obviously, the Russians are not so blessed by this Englishman God of Sam’s to have such leader with the colonial Englishman’s education. So they have to stick with their own miserable education, whilst drunk, stupid, living in squalor (drunk enough to shoot planes out of the sky). This is what the oh so bright colonial Englishmen in fishnet stockings learn in their enlightened Hogwarts education under Rhodes Scholarships.

    BTW, the political system in Australia, although modelled after the British Westminster system, is much more like the US One-Party-Two-Names system. Australia desperately needs one Neil Farage of UK. The Liberal Party currently in power exhibits the total moral and mental decline characteristic of the rest of the Anglo-sphere. The other ‘party’, called the Labour Party is just the same. The current Prime Minister is a mean version of the Calif Haroun El Plassid, whilst his eternal challenger Iznogoud ( has the name Malcolm Turn-bull (not kidding you). The PM is short a few pennies in the brains department, his foreign minister Julie Bishop is a female version of him, but the most interesting member of the gang is this Grand Vizier Iznogood Turn-bull who wants to be the Calif instead of the Calif. He is not so stupid but is one of the biggest crooks this country has ever had. The new laws that this gang of morons and crooks is introducing now, by this time next year could lend me in jail for writing a comment such as this. Also, through funding cuts and sackings this gang in power has established total thought control over the national broadcaster ABC, which has now become a eunuch toeing the government line just like the British BBC, which the ABC was modelled after.

    Therefore, Australia is just 1/2 step behind the US and UK in the “development” backwards, drifting into totalitarianism. Some individuals here obviously welcome this.

  56. What to call Ukrainian citizens who resist a US-financed coup? So many choices: the Resistance, insurgents, rebels, pro-Russian rebels, separatists. So what does Hepp decide to use? “Russian rebels”!

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    Is this simply more diversion until the gathering since there is nothing else happening in the world news. Is it merely blowback against Russia for stalling the Syrian collapse? There has been substantial success in clearing a wide swath around Israel. And the gathering. I think the time has come to eliminate the Islamic private army that has been used to destroy a good chunk of the Middle East. It is a marvelous plan to create a new Caliphate and call everyone home in time for the short road to heaven. I also wonder about another, more insidious action. The development of the New World Order has always been an Eurocentered program. I wonder if the US military industrial group has finally realized that there is no room for perpetual war in the NWO and that their job is about to disappear. Could we be watching the Americans trying to replace the Europeans as the gatekeepers? It will be ugly.

  58. Bossel says an Su-25 aircraft, even if modified, could not shoot down a Boeing Airliner at 10,000 m. He really can’t believe that. He thinks the most realistic scenario is that Eastern Ukrainians, perhaps drunk, accidentally shot it down.

  59. Yea you hit a nerve like a crying baby on a plane hits a nerve. I have nothing but pity for you. So much anger and frustration so little agency.

  60. But, Hepp: is this not just an instant replay of Iraq? Only a tiny fraction of people/countries were opposed to it while all the media/corporate/political/US satraps were gung ho to get the war going. This Ukrainian business is looking very much like the same thing.

    As for evidence I would say this to the US government investigators: “Russia has released their evidence. Now it’s your turn”.

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  61. The Maidan sniper attacks offer a preview for what will become of the investigation into the downed airplane. The attacks were the central event which allowed for, and justified, the ensuing coup – as the culpability and responsibility of the sitting Yanukovych regime for the shocking violence was loudly trumpeted. However, there was very little concrete detail and a distinct lack of urgency to an actual investigation. Weeks afterward, a German documentary program went to Kiev to see what could be determined, and they found that most if not all the shooting came from a building which was entirely in the control of the extreme nationalist groups who became central to the coup itself.

    Later, in May, the official Kiev prosecutor charged with what passed as the official investigation held a press conference during which he conceded that his work also showed that most if not all the gunfire came from a building entirely under the control of the extreme nationalist groups. He then announced that the investigation was wrapping up and that the ultimate identity of the snipers would never be known and would forever be a mystery. A concurrent investigation, run by an extreme nationalist leader who was now in the new government, insisted that the snipers were a Russian Special Forces team – although how they could have gotten into the building or even afterwards escape was not addressed.

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  62. And what’s wrong with that? They are native Russian speakers. They also more or less want their part of the country to belong to Russia. Whatever their nominal nationality, they are clearly of Russian ethnicity. So why not call them ‘Russian rebels’?

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  63. Iraq was a bit different. At least here in Europe, many of the MSM were opposed to it, and reported that the whole issue was a farce.

    On the other hand, these were leftist publications. Now they hate Putin just as much as the neocons or the paleocons with cold war nostalgia. So it’s perfectly possible that all the components of the MSM (neocons – they hate Russians, nostalgic cold warriors – ditto, the European Left – ditto) are anti-Russian and hence are in on it against the Russians.

    Still, the anti-Russian consensus is much broader than it had been in the case of Iraq.

  64. Try this: the Ukrainians, having lost aircraft in the area recently, deliberately redirect the airliner into the combat zone in the hope that the rebels will shoot it down and attract condemnation by the international community. The rebels take the bait. The competing propaganda machines then start flinging as much mud as possible to conceal their culpability.

    Has anyone come up with a plausible explanation for the change in course? If you redirect an airliner to the place it gets shot down, you have some explaining to do. This combined with the disappearing ATC tapes stinks to high heaven.

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  65. Is there credible evidence for the change in course? Neither the Malaysians nor the Russians seem to be pressing this, it appears to have been a false rumor or deliberate misinformation thrown into the confusion in the hours after the catastrophe, and nobody seems to have followed up on it. Does anybody know how the flight radar websites work, if we can still replay data from mid-July?

  66. BBC: The military in Ukraine has said that separatists have shot down a government fighter jet near the rebel-held city of Luhansk in the east of the country.

    Uh-huh, “separatists” my ass. Probably bored with shooting down civilian airliners, it looks like the Ukrainians have started shooting down their own warplanes. That could get expensive.

  67. Here is part of a memo issued by a group of former U.S. intelligence professionals (VIPS). It is posted on Larry Johnson’s No Quarter USA blog. Johnson was in the CIA Directorate of Intelligence and was Deputy Director in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism.

    MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

    FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

    SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane

    Executive Summary

    Twelve days after the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, your administration still has issued no coordinated intelligence assessment summarizing what evidence exists to determine who was responsible – much less to convincingly support repeated claims that the plane was downed by a Russian-supplied missile in the hands of Ukrainian separatists.

    Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters on July 23, 2014, in Ramallah, West Bank. (U.S. government photo)
    Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters on July 23, 2014, in Ramallah, West Bank. (U.S. government photo)
    Your administration has not provided any satellite imagery showing that the separatists had such weaponry, and there are several other “dogs that have not barked.” Washington’s credibility, and your own, will continue to erode, should you be unwilling – or unable – to present more tangible evidence behind administration claims. In what follows, we put this in the perspective of former intelligence professionals with a cumulative total of 260 years in various parts of U.S. intelligence:

    We, the undersigned former intelligence officers want to share with you our concern about the evidence adduced so far to blame Russia for the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. We are retired from government service and none of us is on the payroll of CNN, Fox News, or any other outlet. We intend this memorandum to provide a fresh, different perspective.

    As veteran intelligence analysts accustomed to waiting, except in emergency circumstances, for conclusive information before rushing to judgment, we believe that the charges against Russia should be rooted in solid, far more convincing evidence. And that goes in spades with respect to inflammatory incidents like the shoot-down of an airliner. We are also troubled by the amateurish manner in which fuzzy and flimsy evidence has been served up – some of it via “social media.”

    As intelligence professionals we are embarrassed by the unprofessional use of partial intelligence information. As Americans, we find ourselves hoping that, if you indeed have more conclusive evidence, you will find a way to make it public without further delay. In charging Russia with being directly or indirectly responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry has been particularly definitive. Not so the evidence. His statements seem premature and bear earmarks of an attempt to “poison the jury pool.”

    Rad the rest here:

  68. That is interesting stuff.

  69. Ron, I could have warned you that your unfortunate foray into MH17 denialism was going to draw in the tinfoil hat brigade. But they’re all using pseudonyms. You’ve put your real name to this nonsense. It sucks to be you right now!

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  71. A leading benefit of this website is the wide variety of commenters it attracts, ranging from highly informative to the apparently demented.

    For example, regarding Flight MH17, I’ve now discovered two very long analyses, purporting to debunk the Official Story, one by a leftist journalist and the other by a commenter who claims to have an intelligence background:

    Both of these accounts are extremely detailed and seem reasonably persuasive to me, though others might surely disagree. Even more importantly, I’ve now discovered that a group of former American intelligence agents has issued a public statement sharply critical of our government’s claims on MH17:

    Given I’d devoted almost no time or effort to investigating MH17, I find all this new information very helpful, and hope that others will as well.

    Meanwhile, we also have commenter “FirkinRidiculous” now expressing enormous concern that I’ve fatally damaged my own credibility by even considering the ridiculous “tinfoil hat” conspiracy theories publicly advanced by all those former CIA, FBI, and NSA agents instead of simply assuming that the casual tweets of the nomanklatura of our American Regime are always 100% correct about everything.

    I remember a few years ago some government official whose name I forget expressed tremendous concern about the propagation of various “conspiracy theories” on the Internet, worried that they were making it difficult for the regime to control public opinion. As a remedy, he suggested the government hire people to go on websites and denounce them. The vacuous arguments of “FirkinRidiculous” are so “furkin’ ridiculous” I’d almost suspect he was one of those minimum-wage government anti-conspiracy trolls. Except that when I clicked on his name and looked at his previous comments, I immediately discovered that he’d also claimed that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, which would surely get him immediately kicked off the government payroll:

    If I’ve been totally misled by the NYT+WSJ+MSM, and the HIV-AIDS connection really is another ridiculous “tinfoil hat” conspiracy theory, my humble apologies.

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  72. That is unfair, Ron. Hepp did not deny the notion that all the Western entities might be lying; his point was merely that it is more likely that it is a single entity, the Russian Government that is lying rather than an orchestrated, coordinated lie on the part of several Western entities. Not an unfair point, wouldn’t you agree?

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  73. I remember a few years ago some government official whose name I forget expressed tremendous concern about the propagation of various “conspiracy theories” on the Internet, worried that they were making it difficult for the regime to control public opinion. As a remedy, he suggested the government hire people to go on websites and denounce them.

    I think you remember Cass Sunstein‘s proposal, which seems to be even more sinister. Apparently they wanted to infiltrate those groups to harm their credibilities. This could mean that they would promote totally insane theories instead of possible theories. I think 911 is the best example of that.

    I often fail to understand how on Earth is it possible that the most credible 911 conspiracy theory (a US government agency and/or Mossad provided some help to a bunch of Arab terrorists to get into the US without being arrested, knowing well that they were planning a huge terrorist attack, and then the Arabs hijacked four airplanes and crashed two of those planes into the WTC and one into the Pentagon, with the fourth crashing after the passengers stormed the cockpit) is not at all widespread, while crazy conspiracy theories (the cruise missile theory of the Pentagon, the controlled demolition theory of WTC, the remote controlled planes theory) are all very well known (but most people with half a brain will notice that these theories are bunk), and there are even huge websites dedicated to totally insane theories (the craziest I’ve ever read was that there were no planes at WTC, only “holograms”).

    So why is it that of the possible conspiracies, only the totally insane versions have dozens of dedicated major websites, but the only theory which even a rational person could find persuasive does not even exist? At least I’ve never bumped into websites claiming that the official story is true, except that the Arabs would not have gotten visas or would have been arrested or would not have been allowed to board those planes etc. if not for the help they received from some invisible places. Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? I don’t know. But how on Earth are there no promoters of this theory, unlike the controlled demolition and cruise missile theories?

  74. Here’s another guy, Col. W. Patrick Lang (ret., U.S. Army Special Forces), who doesn’t buy the line of BS coming from D.C. and Brussels on the Malaysian Airlines shot down. Google his name, he’s a superstar in geopolitical/military analysis.
    Some bio: Lang is a retired senior officer of U.S. Military Intelligence and U.S. Army Special Forces (The Green Berets). He served in the Department of Defense both as a serving officer and then as a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service for many years. He was Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) he was the “Defense Intelligence Officer for the Middle East, South Asia and Terrorism,” and later the first Director of the Defense Humint Service.” For his service in DIA, he was awarded the “Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive.”

    23 July 2014

    Once again the USG is fabricating casus belli

    “WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. “


    Iraq in 2003, Syria last year, Russia now. The US government has become a machine for manufacturing falsehoods based on half truths, whole untruths and political agenda.

    There does not seem to be any difference in the desire to do this between the two major US political parties.

    The motivation for the desire to lie the public into an hysteric war frenzy is claimed to be a search for justice, etc., blah, blah…

    In fact the motive is apparent. It is the desire of the foreign policy clique in the academy, government and media to maintain its imagined imperial supremacy in the world and any lie will do if the lie contributes to that goal. pl

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  75. “WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia. “

    Doesn’t that argue against the conspiracy? Which is it? Is the US government trying to blame Russia, or is it being honest by not going beyond what the evidence suggests? If you hate the American government and need to blame it for all problems in the world, then I guess it looks bad no matter what.

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  76. @ Hepp

    The part you posted is from the AP article which Col. Lang used– and highlighted (bolded) key phrases– to base his criticism on. See the phrases Col. Lang bolded.

    I’ll let your comment about me hating the American government slide.

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    Google “Cass Sunstein conspiracy theories” for the government official you mention. His missus is Samantha Power, the US’s UN ambassador and advocate of the R2P (Responsibility to Protect) doctrine used to advance globalist objectives – in her favour, though, she once described Hillary Clinton as “a monster”.

  78. Hepp said: Doesn’t that argue against the conspiracy? Which is it? Is the US government trying to blame Russia, or is it being honest by not going beyond what the evidence suggests? If you hate the American government and need to blame it for all problems in the world, then I guess it looks bad no matter what.

    Hunsdon said: Hepp, elevate your game. The idea that there is a monolithic USG is as moronic as the idea that there is a monolithic Islam, or (back in the day!) monolithic communism. In any entity above the level of a sleeper cell, there are factions who differ in their goals, approaches, tactics, training and methods. Let us look at only a single element of US intelligence: the CIA. Is the NCS always uniformly in agreement with the Intelligence Service? Is the Intelligence Service always of one mind?

    You want to spam that across the entirety of the United States Government? You want to assert that State (all of State) agrees with Commerce (all of Commerce) who agree with all of Defense (all of Defense)?

    Also, yes, ad-hominem attacks. If we question the official story, that means that we hate the United States government, and not only that, we regard it as the source of all evil in the world.

    How about some Twain, homey—or was he a commie-symp as well?

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

    Once more—if my government releases evidence that supports their case (from the French or Italian sigint ships that were in the Black Sea at the time, or even air traffic control tapes from Kiev), I’ll be more than happy to evaluate them and reconsider my position.

    Didn’t Ronald Reagan get the laughs with the line, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you. Trust me.”

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  79. FirkinRidiculous said: Ron, I could have warned you that your unfortunate foray into MH17 denialism was going to draw in the tinfoil hat brigade. But they’re all using pseudonyms. You’ve put your real name to this nonsense. It sucks to be you right now!

    Hunsdon translated: Ron, nice little website you’ve got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it . . . . .

  80. The part you posted is from the AP article which Col. Lang used– and highlighted (bolded) key phrases– to base his criticism on. See the phrases Col. Lang bolded.

    Yes, I’m aware. But then Col. Lang says the US is trying to create a casus belli, which is inconsistent with the measured tone he highlights. If they went through the trouble to kill 300 people, couldn’t they also manufacture some solid evidence to point to?

  81. Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?
    Can anybody tell me one good motive why the Russians or separatists shot down MH17.
    There was no strategic, military sense doing it , and they should expect future propaganda against them by doing it .
    Why they would do that above their territory , that is absurd.
    Why Ukraine fighter planes were in the immediate vicinity of MH17 just before it was shot down Why did the Kiev take air traffic control information and disappear it? Why has Kiev not explained the diversion of MH17 from its normal flight path into the combat area?
    I think shooting of MH17 was smoke screen for fighting in Gaza, that was diversion from real problem.
    Why ICAO is not investigating black boxes , but United Kingdom ?
    Regarding news in western media , you kidding yourself. What western country can oppose USA propaganda?

  82. Hunsdon said: Hepp, elevate your game. The idea that there is a monolithic USG is as moronic as the idea that there is a monolithic Islam, or (back in the day!) monolithic communism.

    Right, which is why most conspiracies, which require a great deal of coordination and secrecy, are so absurd.

  83. Why not call them ‘Russian rebels’?
    Because they are Ukrainian.
    And since they are rebelling against the rebels who deposed the elected president of Ukraine, perhaps Orthodox is a better word.
    Orthodox Ukrainians against the US-backed putsch.

  84. This is a get out card we did not give them this. But they did!


    I owe something to readers, first this what went down on flight MH17.
    June 02 – 06 Nato Electronic Aviation radar exercisers, where they practice jamming radio signals , spoofing and countermeasures against planes and missiles in Hungary Europe.
    See NATO schedule.

    Next see Telegraph UK and Daly Mail articles about loss of radar ie spoofing (A and C transpondersgo offline ) and planes from Civilian commercial aircraft radar. Note flimsy NATO denial.

    When Malaysian airlines MH 370 disappeared experts said maybe it shadowed anther Aircraft and went to Asia. The point is a aeroplane can hide behind anther or provide a shield.
    For several months the Ukraine Gov has been bombing select towns in Eastern Ukraine as well as moving troops with Large transport aircraft. Several fighter planes have been downed. All this is factual and nothing out of the ordinary. Fighter planes have properly used commercial aircraft as shield/or the airspace above 5 to 10km. Who wouldn’t id if your a fighter pilot. This was properly close by MH 17 and spoofing it;s electronic signal, with poorly trained missile operators it’s a accident wanting to happen. Oh, the level people in power will go. MH 17 was chosen
    For several week before the destruction of MH 17 rebels/freedom fighters/ pro Russian (these people were born in the Ukraine ,lived in the Ukraine and ARE Ukraine obtained Buk missiles. With reports they overtook a Ukraine arms depot.. As noted a crew is needed to launch said missiles.
    Q. Why when Separationists acquired Buk missiles and used them,
    airspace even over 10km was restricted/forbidden?
    A. So semi trained Separatist might think they are shooting down of Ukraine military aircraft.
    Ukraine Goverment’s despicable behaviour organised this accident to occur. MH 17 was chosen.

  85. Michael (and Hepp), your point is a good point, but I would argue it’s not watertight. Some circles within the US government were lying about Iraq WMD, and the whole US government (even elements uncomfortable with it, like Colin Powell) went along with it. Not only that, 99% of the US media also. And even maybe 30-40% (possibly 50%) of the European media as well, and also many European governments, especially Eastern European governments, and also many governments around the world who wanted to get favors from the US. Even the governments that didn’t go along with it didn’t expose the lies, they just weaselly proposed “diplomatic solutions” to the nonexistent problem of Iraqi WMDs.

    The 60-70% (maybe just 50%) of the European media that didn’t go along with the WMD lies were mostly leftists. They are capable of going along more or less orchestrated lies and fake outrages, as the case of Ferguson amply demonstrates. The other 30-40% were strongly pro-US, so we shouldn’t be surprised that they are going along, and the same could be said of the US media and of the governments that also endorse US policies.

    So what needs to be explained is why leftist media outlets went along with it. The explanation is simple, anti-Russianism has a strong leftist (gay rights etc.) angle against the Evil White Conservative Putin.

    So while you do have a point, I wouldn’t overstate it.

    My personal take is that although it was the rebels, there’s more to the story than what we know. Either the Ukrainian Air Force was deliberately flying together with civilian airliners (a tactic about which reportedly the Russian rebels were complaining before – that of course could be later manufactured false rumor, just as the many social media “evidence” presented against the Russians), or some other tactics. I strongly suspect the Ukrainians weren’t 100% innocent in this, even if we leave out the negligence angle (not closing the airspace while conducting air operations against the rebels, who were known to be in possession of anti-aircraft missiles). And it’s strange why nobody’s asking questions about the lack of non-social media evidence. I would say basically 99% of the Western media doesn’t ask so basic questions. That is suspicious to me.

  86. There is a saying: “The first information to get out is often the truth”. This is because there is no time at this point to cook up a fake story.

    Strelkov made a tweet saying he shot down a Ukranian jet. Then the truth about the identity of the plane came out, and… he pulled it. In terms of the physical act we know who shot the plane down and we can ignore rambling analyses of who-shot-the-plane-down.

    NOW… that DOESN’T mean the Ukranian government had no responsibility. Perhaps it knew about the BUKs the rebels had but didn’t want the overflight money to disappear, so it didn’t restrict all air levels arund Donetsk and Hrabove/Grabovo. Maybe a leak or two can clarify this? THIS is what the Russkies should be looking for!

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  87. […] dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz […]

  88. When did desiring greater trade ties with Western Europe mean “pro-American”???

    When has anything European been “pro-American”?

  89. As I pointed out earlier, Strelkov could simply have made the claim based on blind assumption since (a) the rebels had been regularly shooting down military transporters and (b) the rebels don’t have any aircraft, therefore any downed aircraft would ipso facto be a Ukrainian one. His motive for making an unverified claim would simply have been to preserve the illusion of tight and co-ordinated action, especially if he himself had been taken by surprise at the news.

  90. 55,000 young American men dead because of the government lied about Gulf of Tonkin incident. 5,500 young American men and women dead because the government lied about WMD in Iraq.

  91. George V, wanting a war with Germany but with no reason to start it, told his foreign secretary Edward Grey: “You have got to find a reason, Grey.” In other words, a lie. And millions upon millions dead.

    “Over there, over there,
    Send the word, send the word over there
    That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming …”

  92. I’m sure Ron will tell Hunsdon when the black helicopters start circling. This joker is beyond parody!

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  93. To clarify – Streikov did not have a Twitter account and the information attributed to him regarding a downed aircraft appeared via a third party who had been posting messages from the rebels. The origin of the message regarding the downed plane may have been from the rebels, but it also may not have been and therefore the removal of the message may appear sinister or else it may have been removed because it was fake. As evidence, it is at best sketchy – yet to some it remains a clincher.

    Russia today, at the UN Security Council, asked for results and a discussion over the official investigation into MH-17. Four weeks ago the Security Council drafted a very strongly-worded resolution demanding that all cooperation be given to this investigation. The Ukraine government has violated this resolution in that it has refused to halt its military operations, and investigators were only allowed limited access before they gave up and returned home.

  94. America’s nuclear weapons industry is huge and very profitable. Just a couple years ago, there was strong support to slash our weapon’s stockpile down to 1000 warheads, even Obama and Hagel, suggested this. Now with a new Cold War, there are demands to spend a trillion dollars to rebuild our entire arsenal.

  95. @ Hepp, #10

    Hepp said: “What’s more likely: The Russian government is lying? -or- The governments of every western country, all western media, the UN, and the OSCE are all lying?”

    That is a false dichotomy, Hepp. The proper question is: the Russian government is lying, or the U.S. government is lying? It’s not like other western governments, western media, the UN, and the OSCE have independent opinions or sources of truth; they all more or less just parrot the story served by the U.S. government, out of subservience, fear, opportunism, etc. It would be beyond naïve to believe that any of those entities you listed, all of which are dependent on the goodwill of U.S. government to various degrees, would dare to contradict the “official” story on a matter that doesn’t directly involve them.

    So we are down to only two independent actors: the U.S. government and the Russian government. Both of those can and would lie, of course. The question then becomes: cui bono? Others on this tread have demonstrated amply that the Russians have nothing to gain by downing MH17, but that the U.S. gov’t and their clients in Kiev have plenty to gain, i.e. turning the world opinion against Russia.

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  96. […] of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz […]

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    Well I am given to understand that the attack on MH17 was from behind the cockpit and from the rear. Both sides from below.The shell entry peeled back the cockpit cabin in opposite directions on each side.
    A sam missile explodes up and over in front of the target projecting the shrapnel from the front to the rear. No one witnessed a white exhaust trail from a sam .
    According to inspectors no projectile was found to have done this.
    There will be a Commission into the tragedy .
    But it will go the way of the 9\11 Commission.

  98. Here is something that the rumour mill brought. I repeat this is from a rumour mill, a friend of a friend of a friend and so on knows someone from the Russian establishment. Here is what the rumour brought:
    1) the East-Ukrainian rebels do have at least one BUK which they acquired when they overran some Ukrainian military facility in Eastern Ukraine
    2) they have used BUK to shoot down at least one Su25 and definitely one big transport plane flying above 15000 feet
    3) MH17 shootdown came as a surprise to the Russian military
    4) they believe (but not sure) that MH17 has been shot down by a Ukrainian interceptor (Su-27 or MiG29) which was shadowing the MH17 flight (flying in its larger radar shadow) by shooting a cannon at the cockpit (this would be a different plane than the Su25 mentioned in the Russian media briefing).

    My personal addition to this is that the identification of Su25 model appears to have been based on the intelligence about planes that Ukrainian military had operational, because a radar cannot tell Su25 from Su27 (except based on secondary info such as the speed and altitude reached). Just before MH17, the West-Ukrainian military did make a few interceptors operational, one MiG29 was just shot down by the rebels a few days ago.

    I do not expect this rumour will convince many, if anyone, but this is consistent with several facts:
    1) this is why the West-Ukrainians were attacking the crash site before the investigators could visit
    2) this is why the ATC recordings have disappeared
    3) the delay in analysing the black boxes
    4) the West-Ukrainians never admitted that the rebels had acquired their BUKs because then they would have to explain why they did not close the international airline corridor above the war zone, it was a much more convenient story that BUK came from Russia.

    Obviously, it is still possible that rebels did shoot down MH17 by mistake with their BUK. But, no matter which side you root for, it is blatantly obvious that MH17 should have never been flying over a military zone.

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  99. The “leftist journalist” that you refer to writes under the pseudonym Eric Zuesse, calls himself an investigative historian, but is actually retired quality program manager Larry Cardo.
    You can see more of his articles here:

    It’s all one big rant against Obama.
    The man is only interested in discrediting the US government.

  100. […] of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz […]

  101. […] attention the important voice of a distinguished Dutch journalist, Karel Van Wolferen. Wolferen and Unz himself are important offsets to what Unz regards, correctly in my opinion, as “the utter corruption and […]

  102. 1. The black helicopters are actually dark green. They appear black from a distance.
    2. Ron Unz does more commentary than breaking news.
    3. I’m no joker, although I do like to listen to the Steve Miller Band.
    4. We used to have a saying, If the law was on your side, pound on the law. If the facts were on your side, pound on the facts. If neither is on your side, pound on the table. Pound away! I am a clown! I am a buffoon! I am beyond parody!

    To reiterate: The Russian government has produced evidence questioning the official narrative regarding MH17. The United States government has made a series of unsupported assertions. NATO warships, including signals intelligence collection ships, were operating in the Black Sea when MH17 was shot down. Presumably data from these ships could illuminate the situation. (Was it a mistake to use the word illuminate? Illuminati! Bilderbergers! Rosicrucians!)

  103. That is a false dichotomy, Hepp. The proper question is: the Russian government is lying, or the U.S. government is lying? It’s not like other western governments, western media, the UN, and the OSCE have independent opinions or sources of truth; they all more or less just parrot the story served by the U.S. government, out of subservience, fear, opportunism, etc.

    I don’t agree. Many Western governments and international organization opposed the Iraq war, for example, despite the fact that the American government wanted it. Same with the US position on Israel. One can come up with other examples.

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  104. […] of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz […]

  105. The Kosovo War was supported by both the left and the right, similarly to this Russian thingy. The reasons are the same.

    The European left (including leftist or left-liberal media and publications) is normally anti-American (except in the UK and a few other places, most notably the former communist countries, where the left is reflexively Atlanticist), but is pro-American when the Democrats are in power, e.g. Clinton or Obama. The European “right” (again, including its media) is normally Atlanticist (with some notable exceptions, see below), so they reflexively side with the Americans no matter what.

    The Iraq war was a special case, when the French right (which, contrary to most other right-of-centre political forces in Europe, is anti-American) was against a Bush administration in search of French gloire, but also the German left-of-centre government (under Schröder, who later turned out to probably have been bribed by Putin) emboldened by the stance of France, also set free its uneasiness about American cowboy politics.

    Now, however, we have an Atlanticist Germany and a leftist, not militantly anti-American France (where since Sarkozy the right has turned thoroughly Atlanticist), with an Atlanticist UK prime minister. So there is no major power to speak up against the Americans, and no major publications in major countries to speak up against it. The French are not very pro-American, but it would take militant anti-Americans to openly confront the Americans as liars.

    Some media outlets in Germany are speaking against the anti-Russian sentiment, but obviously they can only ask questions (e.g. why the rush to conclusions even before the investigation has started?), and have very little influence. But it also seems that Merkel doesn’t really want the sanctions and only goes along under heavy American pressure. Again, she doesn’t want to confront America, and calling the Americans liars would definitely be very confrontative, something for which nobody can find the courage. The situation would be much different if the whole European leftist media was anti-American, but as already explained, they are pro-Obama (and also pro-gay, which also means anti-Russian), so it is much more difficult for any politician to speak out against the Americans – Chirac at least had a temporary alliance with leftist publications on this issue.

    I should also add that much of the opposition by European governments to Iraq came in a weaselly way, proposing “further diplomatic solutions” to the nonexistent problem of Iraqi WMDs. There was very little public debunking of American lies by major politicians. Now, however, we still have many countries opposed to American policy, but since there is no major half-respectable Western media outlet (like The Guardian and others in the case of Iraq) speaking out the truth, the politicians are even more weaselly. Like the Hungarian and Slovakian prime ministers are grumbling against the sanctions hurting their economies, or France still wanting to sell the warships (or at least the first one of them) to Russia, etc.

    So I don’t quite see how Iraq disproves that there can be uniform media propaganda, when Iraq didn’t have one of the major prerequisites for such unity, namely a leftist American president, and the absence of an anti-American right-of-centre government in any of the major European powers. (The only example of the latter was France. Among small European countries, we have something similar in Hungary, although interestingly Orbán was an Atlanticist in his previous term in power 1998-2002.)

  106. @ reiner Tor, #110: I agree completely, that’s a great and nuanced analysis.

    @ Hepp, #108: I was specifically referring to the downing of MH17, since that is the subject of this article, not to everything under the Sun where the U.S. gov’t and other western gov’ts and organizations may differ. But since reiner Tor replied to your comments better than I would have, I have nothing to add.

  107. So there is no major power to speak up against the Americans, and no major publications in major countries to speak up against it.

    There is considerable European pressure to speak up against punishing Russia in anyway (and state media eager to justify the corresponding state efforts to resist). Does that count?

    “Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil company—now the target of U.S. sanctions—recently bought 13 percent of the shares of Pirelli, a huge Italian tire company. The president of Rosneft, who would be refused a visa to the United States, is on Pirelli’s board. Last year Russian President Vladimir Putin himself came to Italy to announce the creation of a special, billion-euro Russo-Italian investment fund. The result? Italy, not France, Britain or Germany, has most assiduously blocked sanctions on Russia, and Italy is Europe’s biggest supporter of Russian ‘interests’ in Ukraine.”

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  108. Lost me at the end when you assert the commies took over the us govt.. delusional much?

  109. Depends on your definition of “major power”. Italian GDP is maybe 20% smaller than French or even British GDP, and maybe 40% smaller than German GDP. Italy has no nuclear weapons, nor a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Italy is also not very vocal in its opposition, unlike Chirac, who geared up anti-American rhetoric before the war. (His kindness was reciprocated.) I’m sure Italy has no clout to openly call the US a liar – something which not even Chirac ever did. Chirac talked about how Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs posed no “immediate” threat instead of telling the truth that probably Iraq didn’t have any such weapons. Again, any opposition to the Iraq war (even strongly worded opposition) was weaselly in that it never accused the US government of lying. Even though most world leaders must have known that Iraq possessed no WMDs.

    So what we have in the case of Italy is similar (albeit much less vocal) as the opposition to the Iraq war in France and Germany: grumbling against actions endorsed by the Americans, but not calling the US a liar.

    Anyway, since Hepp’s argument was that unlike Iraq, there is unity on Russia now, and my comment set out with the goal of explaining that difference, I think that your point about Italian opposition to sanctions only weakens Hepp’s argument, and strengthens the point of my comment, which was, to repeat, that there is still some weasel opposition to action against Russia, just not in a major power (France, UK, Germany), and not in the press (which is not true about some countries either, e.g. there is some reluctance in Hungarian conservative publications to go along with the American story, and also some parts of the German press also seem to entertain some doubts). The more examples like Italy you can find, the weaker Hepp’s argument will look.

    And just for the record, let me repeat that I personally still believe that it was the rebels who downed the plane, but I didn’t think Hepp’s argument was as watertight as he thought. With every week passing without an official report on the investigation, my doubts will grow, and I now seriously entertain the possibility that there’s something they are hiding – like Ukrainian warplanes flying close to MH17, using MH17 as a kind of “human shield”.

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  110. I have no problem with any of that, though I think investigations about plane crashes tend to be more lengthy than you apparently expect, even when a crash happens in a part of the world not being fought over, which is not the case here. Also, I would note that the sounding of the drums against Russia has so far risen to the level faint whisper in comparison with what we heard for Iraq. I have no problem with that, either, but that should be kept in mind when drawing analogies with that situation. Steve Sailer is fairly sensitive to pro-war sentiments, and so far he has featured a) the wife of the Polish foreign minister b) an NYT reporter who made his reputation reporting on Sarajevo and c) various low-level reporting connected with WWG, as he puts it, by the likes of Gessen. Even in comparison with the bomb-Syria faction, which thankfully went nowhere, that isn’t much of a war party, and the downing of the airliner hasn’t changed that.

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  111. I agree that a final conclusion cannot be released, but some preliminary findings, for example the pilots’ conversation to the tower, could be released basically immediately. We have the transcript for MH370 now, and people were complaining about the lack of information even with MH370. Obviously one doesn’t need to dot all the i’s and cross all t’s to release some preliminary results. It’s also not a complicated investigation like TWA800. After all, there’s not a great deal we don’t know here: it was shot down, end of story. The only things needed to be determined is what was used to shoot it down, who fired it, and what were the exact circumstances – was there really a Ukrainian warplane in the vicinity. (I wouldn’t rule out that there was one in the vicinity. I don’t think Ukrainians downed MH17, but I might think the Buk might have aimed at the Ukrainian plane – if indeed there was a Ukrainian plane, which is not impossible.)

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  112. “I agree that a final conclusion cannot be released, but some preliminary findings… could be released basically immediately.”

    I am not aware of a protocol on preliminary findings, but based on researchers that I do know, some take a dim view on such practices, and prefer to wait until they can release a full report that is as accurate as complete as it needs to be. The conspiracy theorists are, of course, dying to get confirmation of one fact or another, but I don’t believe that the governments of Malaysia or Holland are waiting with bated breath to see if, perhaps, the passengers were all killed in the airport before the flight, or something of that nature. Since they strongly suspect (however unjustifiably, in the opinion of some of the commenters here) they already know what caused this, they are less likely to apply pressure for getting partial confirmation as early as possible, and would rather be safe than sorry.

    Besides, the conspiracy theorists will likely trash the official report anyway.

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  113. That was not how MH370 was treated. The conversation of the pilot with the tower was released within a couple of weeks, and Malaysian Airlines was even accused of withholding information by – among others – the Western press. They also released results regarding the pilot, the investigation into his computer etc. Even though of course the investigation is still not over there as well.

    I don’t believe that the governments of Malaysia or Holland are waiting with bated breath to see if, perhaps, the passengers were all killed in the airport before the flight, or something of that nature

    I don’t quite understand why you are beating this straw man, I explicitly stated that the most likely scenario is that it was simply shot down (mistakenly believed to be a military plane), end of story. But there is also the possibility that there were Ukrainian warplanes around it. This would be an interesting aspect.

    From the public information there is no way the Dutch (or any other) government could know these circumstances. So the question arises, why are they not interested?

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  114. I explicitly stated that the most likely scenario is that it was simply shot down (mistakenly believed to be a military plane), end of story.

    I agree, and I suspect that is what most of the governments believe the report will say (and that goes even for most of those that don’t believe that’s what happened.) That being the case, the only people likely to want early reports are those who believe that something anomalous happened, to use a relatively innocuous phrase, and also that the forces sophisticated enough to engineer that anomaly were unable to cover their tracks and unable to persuade the investigators to doctor the report. That seems a small and uninfluential subset of the audience, and I suspect even a significant fraction of those will also find more questions than answers in any official report.

    Also, with regard to protocols on preliminary reports (in particular, on nondisclosure), see this comment, for what it’s worth. Not sure if it’s correct, but it seems plausible.

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    Wow. The article talks about lies in MSM, and then we see a comment confronting this article with the same garbage from the same MSM. They should be proud!

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    1. The insurgent didn’t use the BUK to shot the military airplanes, they obtained it only prior the Boeing story. The rumors about capturing it was just a couple days before.
    2. This was funny. While the Ukrainian President was insisting that the rebels had captured the BUK and used it to shot the Boeing, the Ukrainian Defense Minister was denying that this BUK was functional (there was even an official document on the Defense Ministry web site, I’m only afraid not many people here read in Ukrainian).
    3. This BUK never showed up to be used for anything else afterwards. Strange, isn’t it? Like it was brought in just for the Boeing.

    I read blogs from independent journalists and civilians in the area (i.e. East Ukraine), it’s quite close to the events, isn’t it? Interviews with the insurgents, government soldiers, photos, witnesses first hand, civilians suffering and such (for the record I do read in Russian and Ukrainian languages). I wouldn’t trust anything else. You don’t report about East Ukraine from Kiev, Moscow or Washington! Ukrainian media + Western allies are one big propaganda machine. Like, the same news appear practically simultaneously, drawing from the same shady social media appearances and fakes. I myself can make an account called “Igor Strelkov” (or “Barak Obama”) and put their anything I want. But just to be clear, Igor Strelkov notably doesn’t have social media accounts to use them as a “proof”. Etc.

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    From my experience commenting and reading comments on MSM sites… Any reader’s comment that’s not the “party line” is removed, while being sensible, and backed up with links and facts. When I commented on CNN that the routes over the war zone should’ve been closed down long time, they removed it. When I put a comment somewhere else, that the Russian intel data had been ignored, I got blocked! Your comments don’t even need to be any “pro-Russia” (I don’t even know what it means) to be removed, but just different from the echo chamber. Isn’t it quite telling about the state of the media?

  118. We can agree that the whole purpose of Western media is propaganda. This is because everything in the West must be utilized. I keep asking people: “Is there a free lunch? If, no then why do you expect that someone will give you news for free, all without trying to sell you something? Who pays for the news? If it is not a wonder juicer then it is an idea of belief they try to sell you.” This is totally general, and does not apply only to MH17 “news”.

    Regarding MH17, let me summarise my belief based on what is known so far and a bit of my speculation added. This was a false flag organized by the US neocons and executed together with Ukrainians. They had Plan A and Plan B. Plan A was to draw the rebel anti-aircraft missiles onto a civilian airliner which was deliberately routed by the Ukrainian ATC over the relatively small rebel-held area. MH17 was shadowed by a Ukrainian interceptor from the point of entry into Ukraine, probably piloted by a US pilot (there is a training base, I think in Nevada, over which the US pilots used to practice dog fights with US planes against the Soviet planes). The interceptor has a missile sensing radar and it would have broken off the civilian plane if one were launched. When this Plan A did not work, then Plan B was put into effect: shoot down the airliner by the interceptor whilst still over the rebel territory. The Ukrainian interceptor (Su27 or MiG29) used the 30mm cannon (strong evidence) shooting at the cockpit to kill the pilots and disable vital electronics. It is likely to have also used an air-to-air missile, which would be almost indistinguishable from a surface-to-air missile in its effect.

    It was good to read a commentator here write: “rebels shot it down, end of story”. What I describe is only my most likely scenario, definitely not the end of story. But I do not think we will ever be sure either way. Only the end-of-story monkeys will be sure because they were sure the first time they heard about it on the “news”.

  119. You sound like one of those people who think New York City is full of Mexicans, Africans and Israelis. I bet you even say that Barak Obama is black.

    Oh yes, back to topic. “Rebels” is a propaganda word, so it’s better to pick another one. And, as you nearly said, they are Ukrainian. Fancy a cold bear?

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  120. Maybe because I’m Central European. I once talked to a Canadian (Anglo) secretary, and I told her Hungarians lived in Serbia, having Serbian passports (and not having Hungarian ones) etc. She asked me how could they be Hungarian citizens if they don’t have Hungarian passports. I told them they weren’t. In the end, it became clear that she understood “Hungarian” to mean “Hungarian citizen”, and that she would have used the expression “ethnic Hungarian” to describe those Hungarians in Serbia. (No wonder, the definition of Canadian, her nationality, could be best given as “citizen of Canada”.)

    So to me those people who don’t want to belong to Ukraine, speak Russian, ask Putin for help against the Ukrainians, possibly think that their greatest national poet was Pushkin (and not Shevchenko), etc. – they simply cannot very much be Ukrainians. And they also very much walk, quack and look like Russians. I don’t quite understand why they couldn’t be accurately described as Russians and not Ukrainians. Yes, most of them are Ukrainian citizens.

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  121. reiner Tor: For Americans (and apparently Canadians) this is a difficult concept to grasp. The nationality/citizenship distinction is foreign to US understanding.

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  122. This is essentially a terminology problem. In English the standard meaning of “nationality” is “citizenship”. A German national is a citizen of Germany. An ethnic German is a citizen of another country, but is nevertheless ethnically German. And the there is the category of people of German ethnicity, which includes both ethnic Germans and the large majority (but not all) of German nationals. At least that’s how I understand the English terms. The meaning of German depends on context: could mean ethnic German, German national, or a person of German ethnicity, but the default meaning is German national. Still, the way I understand, “German” could mean all of these.

  123. All this talk about the intricacies of this plane’s shootdown not only misses Unz’s big point, but indeed substantially bolsters it which is the incredible herd-like behavior of the main-stream media in the U.S. at least.

    As if this is something that doesn’t resonate like a ring of a deep bell otherwise.

    The question of course is why and Unz and I have gone around once before concerning same with me asserting that I think it’s largely a sort of fear on the part of our journalists to go crossing lines set by a largely Left/liberal elite about what can be investigated and said and written and televised, and what cannot without facing, at the very least, professional sneering. (Not to mention the dynamiting of one’s career possibilities with the elite big media corporations, the disqualification for professional prizes and awards and recognitions, and etc., etc.)

    Mr. Unz disagrees with me, seeing no particular partisan slant to the phenomenon, but I stand by my contention.

    In the first place I’d note that if it were not a partisan matter then you’d tend to see this Soviet-like cabining of reporting concerning all kinds of issues, and that’s not too much of what is seen I don’t think. Instead it indeed mostly does concern matters of partisan interest, and as to the rest of where it does appear seems to be on those issues in which our elites generally have decided what constitutes intelligent opinion and what does not.

    So in my view it is elitist, but also heavily partisan elitist, although I will admit that to my eye too, as it is to Unz’s, in the case of this plane shoot-down much of the orthodoxy of blaming it on the pro-Russian/Russian forces is indeed coming from the same precincts that brought us all the reporting on Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction and etc., which is to say the neo-con precincts. And, obviously, it will be noted that the neo-cons are especially well-ensconsed in the Republican Party and find their greatest mouthpieces there.

    My contention concerning this is that this is simply because the neo-conservatives are not really conservatives at all, and but represent a mere segment of the Left/liberal elites who have determined that, for a time at least, the Republican Party is where their most fervent ideas (in general those concerning Israel’s best interests) can be forwarded. And where contrary ideas coming from the Democratic ranks can be most vigorously pounded. (Not to mention providing a perch from which to pound down any rise in those contrary ideas in the Republican Party itself.)

    And, notably in this regard I think, is what I think is the clearly better sort of coverage these folks ideas get in the major elite media than other (and what I regard as “true” conservative) ideas, and indeed the better sort of coverage that elite media grants to them when it covers them personally than how it covers other (again “true”) conservatives.

    Thus for instance just consider how the absolute Everest of Left/liberal journalism the New York Times covered the neo-con’s WMD fantasies in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. Or the extreme credulousness with which it reported on every one of the neo-cons serial ideas of how to rescue their great adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan such as the “surges,” and then the utter failure to note the fact that by their own terms of long-range success they failed, and we got booted out of both countries essentially. (Not to mention any follow-up to Tom Friedman’s remarkable admission that were it not for 25 specific neo-cons there would have been no Iraq war with all that has meant to us, which is at the very least an amazing suggestion one would think would deserve some extended investigation.)

    Or consider what clearly can seem the instructions the herd is receiving vis a via more topical and clearly partisan-infested stories, with the major media insistently running the same picture of the young, innocent and charming face of Trayvon Martin over and over and ignoring the youth’s own, later “selfie” showing him flashing gang signs. All of which is now seems to be substantially repeated (if to a little lesser degree, perhaps out of a bit of Martin humiliation) by the constant running of the anodyne and again even charming pictures of young Michael Brown, and the studied ignoring of him flashing his own gang signs, not to mention the oh-so-heartbreaking news pushed on us about his music dreams having been killed, without mentioning the violence-glorifying nature of same.

    My perspective at any rate, and not to say I don’t respect any varying viewpoints concerning same…

  124. […] of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz […]

  125. […] of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz […]

  126. Welcome to World War Twitter. One of the perverted things is that every time one side inflicts casualties, they immediately claim it was done by the other side. The Russians / Pro-Russian separatists blamed the Ukrainians for sniping protesters in Maidan Square. If a Pro-Russian village is blasted by artillery with civilian casualties, the Ukrainians blame it on the Rebels. In one incident a group of Ukrainian soldiers were ambushed. When a Ukrainian helicopter flew overhead shooting back at the long gone rebels, they claimed that they were shot by the helicopter. The propaganda gets worse because it is always claimed to be on purpose as a way of pissing off the population to motivate the army. Like the joke about the N*%%#$ that stole so many chains, he could not swim with them.

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    “Vladimir Putin’s goals for the world, whatever the faults, are preferable to our Western leaders”

    Two quick questions on that one:

    1. What exactly are Putin’s goals for the world?
    2. Why are they preferable to those of western leaders?

    Best regards,


  128. Gee, this atrocity sure fell down the memory hole in a hurry, didn’t it?

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  129. I still think it was the rebels accidentally shooting down the plane, and I think in the absence of intense pressure from the media the investigation normally doesn’t disclose any information until the case is closed, but I’m also a bit curious as to why there’s been no pressure from the media regarding such an important event. MH370 investigators were forced to reveal details (e.g. about data found on the pilot’s computer), even though MH370 was, however terrible a tragedy, just an airplane catastrophe, with very little geopolitical consequences. MH17, on the other hand, is way way more important. So why is the press not interested in the little details? I know that details like the last conversation with the tower are just trivia, but the tabloid press normally thrives on trivia. Why not in this case?

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  130. Is Ron Unz aware that the ‘contact’ email provided at this site, which is, consistently bounces back as being undeliverable, and that he has therefore not been seeing many thousands of emails that are sent to that email address, which is the only email address that this site provides to contact the site? I request him to contact me via email so that this problem can be rectified. I wish to become a columnist at this site, as I am at many others. I have repeatedly tried to reach him for that purpose.

  131. one thing that surprises me is that no one mentions the NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE.

    this is the entity that manages us/nato satellites. i can assure you that the NRO was monitoring the ukraine. and that the resolution of their satelites is less than a centimeter.

    the NRO has pix of mh370 and mh17. and everything happening on the ground.

    in real time. at a high resolution.

    if you had subscribed to aviation week & space technology you could have seen such pix of the russian invasion of afghanistan.

    those pix are probative. how is it that no one demands those? in fact, it occurs to me that everyone in the nato/usa is running away from that evidence.

    do they need a war that desperately?

  132. LOL. Nice try, but even the Slate link you included states:

    Social media being what it is—fickle and easily manipulatable—this is certainly not definitive proof of who is responsible for shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine on Thursday

    Oh, but I guess we can be assured that the CIA and Ukrainian government will get around to hearing about Twitter some day and discover the false-flag implications of it. (ROTFLMAO!!!!)

  133. reiner Tor: I freely admit that I am more or less a partisan for the LNR/DNR, and I’d prefer not to think that they shot the plane down. But if they did, they did. I want to see the evidence. The USG can hand wave about “sources and methods” all they want, but in 2014, that’s not cutting it any more. It seems that each time there’s bad news for the rebels/separatists/terrorists, it turns out to be unsourced/made-up/a provocation. The government in Kiev does not have exactly the best track record in terms of providing concrete, verifiable information to support its claims.

    Once more, show me the evidence. If it was Vladimir Putin his own bad self operating a battery of Buk launchers . . . let’s see the photos. As an above commenter mentioned, there’s the NRO, there were all those NATO SIGINT ships in the Black Sea: show us the evidence. Change our minds. Prove it to us.

    Because contra a certain former SecDef, sometimes absence of evidence really is evidence of absence.

  134. i think it is important to understand that though the kgb no longer exists, russia continues to monitor its enemies[usa, nato, the eec].

    and i think we should be able to agree that russia has its intell assets in the countries that russia sees as a continuation of the “great game ” alliances.

    so, russia was more than aware of the conspiracy that the usa and nato hatched to provoke a confrontation[coup] in the ukraine when yanukovich spurned eu overtures that would have allowed the imf to further rape the ukraine economically. this is a history that is all too conveniently overlooked by the defenders of nato[eu].

    russia understood the motives behind the coup. and the fsb furnished him detailed intell analyses of the machinations of the “great gamesters”.

    and i would say that putin has played his hand very adroitly. he knows that all the nato countries, the ukraine junta, have no hand beyond a “bluffing” one.

    which is ok for the sheep that read the nato controlled press. the sheep that still haven’t recognized the fact that their fascist governments lie to them all the time[i.e., you tell me when any nato state has ever told the truth].

    putin understands the “great game”.

    the foundation of that game is the usd[and collaterally the euro].

    so, putin, and his new allies, have decided to establish a new world unshackled from the usd, the euro.

    he understands that “sanctions” are tantamount to “acts of war”. “acts of war” that the nato fellatrice press refuses to identify as “acts of war”.

    so, putin and his fellow insurgents to the idea of dollar, ecu imperaialism, have taken up the arms that are available to them. hydrocarbons, agriculture, precious metal[palladium, gold] mining.

    and russia has not been slacking in its understanding of the nato conspiracy to continue pursuing the “great game”. when russia and china announced this new pipeline, i wondered how russia was going to acquire the prime movers and compressors to move the methane. after all, that market is controlled by the nato countries. and sanctions would have arrested russia’s acquisition of those turbine compressors.

    you might want to recognize that russia/china thought about this pipeline a long time ago. perhaps even before western intell caught on.

    russia has prepared to build its own turbine compressors/gensets. which it will be selling into the dollar dissatisfied world[see turkey's recent acquisition of these turbines].

    it is an economic war between nato and russia. and russia has prepared better than the nato organization.

    i think that no nato country has noticed this turbine project of russia. i think that they continued to think that they held the russians by the yinyang because russia would need nato turbines to drive any methane transmission. no nato country will be selling turbines to gazprom or any chinese entity ever again.

  135. Maybe YOU should ask yourself why you need your reality dictated to you by anyone? Or why every argument you present rests on you projecting this same sheepishness on everyone else.

    I don’t believe any government, organization or media. And in a million years you can’t tell me why I would need to. We are happy that you find comfort and security hiding behind the groupthink of others, but its not the way that all of us choose. And the fact that you can’t grasp that is not reason enough for all of us to have to suffer your inane banter. Check yourself before you go slinging mud at those who endeavor to think. You’ll look like less of a sheep if nothing else.

  136. I’m also a bit curious as to why there’s been no pressure from the media regarding such an important event

    There are lots of other stories that they prefer – Islamic head-choppers, celebrity nude shots, and a few weeks ago it was all Israel all the time. It was the same with AF447 which disappeared completely from English language media within days.

    MH370 investigators were forced to reveal details (e.g. about data found on the pilot’s computer), even though MH370 was, however terrible a tragedy, just an airplane catastrophe, with very little geopolitical consequences.

    MH370 has been the most sensationally covered airline accident/incident in history. It’s disappearance is unprecedented for a passenger airline so there is nothing surprising about it.

    MH17, on the other hand, is way way more important. So why is the press not interested in the little details?

    You have far greater faith in the intelligence and sense of responsibility of Western media than I do. They lack curiosity about the details of most world events. There is nothing new about this. In the US a story about white flags mysteriously appearing on a NY bridge were a bigger story than MH17 within days of the plane being shot down and I suspect most Americans found it far more interesting than MH17. The Dutch and aviation media are still following the story.

    Last week Sergei Lavrov (quoting from said “that those who had initially made “accusations verging on hysteria against Russia and the rebels” had now fallen silent and “seemed to have swallowed their tongues.” It’s obvious that the Russians are still trying to spread misinformation that will appeal to low information Westerners and Russians alike. The MH17 investigation is going on in the appropriate and usual manner in accordance with Annex 13 of the International Convention on Civil Aviation. Russian claims to the contrary is just them engaging in cynical propaganda.

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  137. Shurely nobody nows what happened with the two nearly identical B777 of Malaysian Airlines.

    There is no evidence that both accidents are coupled , and no that there aren’t. Both have the same indicators, a sudden crash without any known communication from the pilots to ground.

    Reasons are a lot, maybe coincidence, maybe a terrorist attac, maybe a misguides BUK locked to the weather radar, maybe the nose “pockmarks” are from a fighter plane, maybe machine gun fire after crash, maybe maybe maybe.

    Nobody knows except that there are interests and info wars from all parties.

    Most of all I fear mass stupidity and bureaucratic idiocratie. And i live in Germany, Hamburg, east part of it. Walking hours through the neighbourhoods, nearly no buildings constructed before 1946. Over here you can see the scarfs of WWII, remember how your grandparents acted, know what they told.

  138. Obviously the matter is still in question and I do not like to throw in my opinion but my doubts about the version dominating in the West, let me do this as I do my papers:

    1) Methodology: equipment and its operators – radar stations “Kupol” on Ukr side – range about 200 km (~ 160 miles), none on the rebel side, unlimited on Russian side. Very amateur operators on Ukr side (check how they shot down Russian passenger jet in 2001), very professional on Russian side. None to rebels – they didn’t have a “Kupol” radar system.

    2) What happened and who disclosed what: Russians immediately put their radar data on the table, none by the West which of course has a lot of data – this region is watching very closely. Why?

    3) No comments from U government why the U fighter jet approached in blind (in clouds) to shooting distance to MH 17. No release if there was an exchange between Kiev tower and the military that the plane was sent on a different route – in Russian media the dominating hypotheses is the plane was mistaken for Russian spy plane.

    4) Why non disclosure agreement is put in place for all info on MH 17 tragedy?

    Simple questions but no simple answers.


  139. “cynical propaganda”? Amazing – on Sept 11 preliminary results will be published – you want a bet? It will say “it is not clear who shot the plane”. – Read Ukr Army did it, if there was a chance to blame it on rebels it would be done so. But there is no chance – the rebels didn’t have an operational Buk.

  140. I know the report you’re talking about. I’ve seen it. I live in Germany, and a couple people put up the link on Facebook; it had gone viral. If there’s anyone here who still thinks the Maidan-sniper story is pure hokum, you should read this translation of the transcript for yourself:

    And when you’re done, take a look at the original report:

    Even if you don’t know German, some of the visuals need no explanation.

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    except for a few details I’ve run across from multiple sources: first, the shrapnel from the BUK is a mass of small steel spheres, each about 10mm diameter. There are no holes of this size on the panels, from the photos I’ve seen. The cannon on the MIGs in use by the Ukrainian military are 30mm cannon. They have a type of projectile that comprises multiple longish shards, which shatter upon impact. Some of the entrance holes seem very close to 30mm diameter, the exit holes are far larger, consistent with the break-apart rounds typically used in these cannon.

    From the report I read, the radar tracking info that indicates two MIG 25′s very near that plane just prior to its crashing came from non-russian sources…. neighbouring countries, air traffic control records, etc.
    Then there is the report, from multipel sources, that have the airliner making an unplanned course change to bring it over the area of conflict for just long enough to have it far enough off course…… as if it were being deliberately set up for the shootdown.
    Now, the final QUESTION no one has satisfactorily answred: WHERE is the recording from the two black boxes alledgedly discovered and removed from the crash scene, and WHY have we not heard those recordings? Russia has been hollering and demanding those recordings be released. Those in control of them are, for reasons as yet unexplained suitably, refusing.

    Last bit: I’ve also read a rather sophisticated analysis of the recording alledging to be the “rebels” bragging over their shootdown….. which analysis raises serious questions as to the authenticity of that recording. It seems it is very likely a manufactured piece of artwork deliberately intended to deceive……. which fits well with all the other points I raise above. IF this was a false flag operation, of COURSE a few bits of fabricated “evidence” will surface…….. same game as the dirty coppers who leave a throwdown gun in the hands of the guy they just shot to make it appear the guy drew down on them, so as to “jusstify” their killing him. The fingerprints left on those guns are almost never chemically analised to determine that the person was dead when the prints were made onto the throwdown gun. Convenient…… and deceitful.

    When we see that the SAME TYPE of projectile from some of the exact same guns were retreived from the corpses of individuals on opposing sides of the supposed melee in Kiev, the coup begins to stink of a set up, false flag, charade, black ops affair. If they could/would do that, what possible “proof positive” could suggest the downed airliner was not also a plot to promote a not-so-well-hidden political agenda?

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  142. I read tons of articles about the shooting MH17, 99% is pure BS speculations but few give some insights to think about: as politically un involved the most connected to facts I saw is analysis of Russian Engineers Association. They warn plainly that the analysis and its results are very tentative however: in their version the MH17 was hit by fighter jet which initially was on head to head course coming from under neath at angle about 25-30 degrees left hitting by gun (20 mm) the pilot cabin, causing de hermertization killing almost instantly the pilots, the plane continue to go on autopilot, the jet turned around and fired air to air sort range missile which hit one of the engines on MH17 right side. After that the MH 17 went into spiral fall which eventually resulted in breaking of airframe at altitude about 5 km.
    What really upsets me that almost 300 people are dead and their death became a chip in a political games.

  143. So the transcript is out, and as was most likely from the outset, not much is known yet. They didn’t even specify the size of the high-energy objects, so not even the machine gun theory is to be ruled out with absolute certainty. (Not very likely, but I don’t think it was ever likely, if you ask me.)

  144. as politically un involved the most connected to facts I saw is analysis of Russian Engineers Association.

    Yeah, they sound really independent. Save it for the birds!

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    The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on the downing of MH17 in eastern Ukraine, condemning “in the strongest terms” the actions that led to the crash and calling for “a full, thorough, and independent international investigation into the incident”
    Why doesn’t Ukraine or our USA Back this Resolution? Why were the ATC Tower Audio Tapes confiscated by “Ukrainian Security Services”, and not made public? Why were the USA/CIA Satellite Images Withheld?

    Sorry Folks, this was a False Flagg Attack, to Murder 298 Persons to Blame Russia, Impose Sanctions, and to “Draw Russia Into The War.”

    Proof MH-17 Diverted By Ukrainian ATC over “War Zone!”

    Proof “Separatist Audio, We Shot it Down” Relesed by Ukraine is a Fraud!

    Proof that “US Intelligence Analysts Conclude,” “Ukraine Shot Down MH-17”

    “German Experts Point Finger at Ukrainian Air Force for MH-17 Murders”

    “Malaysian Press Charges Ukraine Shot Down MH-17”

    “Former US intelligence personnel challenge Obama to present evidence of Russian complicity in MH17 crash” “Current Intelligence Personnel Up in Arms about Lies!”

    Spanish Air Controller @ Kiev Borispol Airport: Ukraine Military Shot Down Boeing MH#17 “Read The Tower Conversations Minute by Minute”

  147. While it claims to have 157 comments, currently i can only see some 23 here. What happened to the rest of the comments?

    Update: just got restored after i sent my comment.

  148. […] thanks to Ron Unz of the Unz Review for promoting this article in his coverage of the shoot-down of Malaysia Flight MH […]

  149. “israel” has good reason to want to damage both Malaysia and Russia. And they don’t care about Holland.

  150. @Ron, I too had serious doubts from the start about this. Hopefully the American Public are experienced enough (I won’t say smart enough) to not be steamrolled into another NeoCon foray.

    But there is something much scarier to contemplate. It appears now that our government, or at least people who our government are very comfortable with, are willing to sacrifice large numbers of innocent lives to further their agenda. I have never been and still am not a 9/11 “truther”. But it light of this, it is really so far fetched that our government would either cause it, or allow it to happen?

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  151. Robert, welcome to the serious doubters. Without going into the more far-fetched seeming ideas, what is undeniable is, when 2,200 professionally trained architects and engineers sign on to stating (in no uncertain terms) the government explanation for the collapse of WTC Building 7 is a “physical impossibility” .. there is a very serious problem:

    ^ These are not crazy people

  152. What does the deployed oxygen mask on MH17 signify?
    But the bottom line is that if there was time for the oxygen masks to deploy then it is more likely that a Ukrainian jet was responsible rather than a BUK missile.

  153. Great article, now if you will only turn your attention to 9/11, the biggest lie of them all!

  154. The scenario as told by German intelligence is that it was a Ukrainian buk captured by rebels shot from rebel territory… but that some of the pictures put out by the Ukrainian government had been “manipulated”.

    In this scenario, the rebels are to blame as is the Ukrainian government for not directing flights elsewhere because they had known that a buk had been captured. This German report doesn’t detail if the buk(s) were captured in operational condition or if they needed outside help.

    I wonder what German intelligence makes of the weird recordings put out by the Ukranian government purportedly of rebels talking about shooting down MH17. It’s been so long since I listened to them, but they seemed fake to me at the time because of the order they were released and how the first one came out so fast.

  155. My take on the BND (German CIA) information reported by Der Spiegel is…

    …it was deliberately fabricated disinformation for public consumption

  156. Russian media continue to embarrass themselves:

    Web users debunk Russian MH17 claims

    What amazes me is just how bad the Russians are at propaganda. I’ve lost count of how many times they’ve been caught lying about this yet they never seem to learn. Russian state media now have a Baghdad Bob reputation in aviation circles. My advice for the Kremlin: Get someone who can tell one plane from another, maybe someone who works in aviation, for your future spinning efforts and then take it from there.

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  157. I agree, I would have expected way more professionalism from the KGB or its successors.

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  158. Someone may already have commented on it, but it’s impossible to read all the comments.
    One of the most salient points I find, is the fact that no vapour trail had been observed or photographed from the ground. A vapour condensation trail remains visible for quite some time and is visible for I would think at least 15 minutes.
    Surely in this day and age when virtually everyone carries a cell phone capable of making pictures, such evidence should be available. But apparently there is not.
    As a test it would be interesting if Russia would in front of the international press test fire a BUK missile.
    I would very much appreciate comments on this particular aspect of the catastrophe. Thank you in anticipation.

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    Hi Ron,
    I came across your website via a few links from Mark Steyn. With regard to this airliner being shot down, I come to it from knowing an aircraft enthusiast whose hobby it is to find out everything about aviation etc. There are enthusiasts like him across the world. Within hours of the tragedy, this geek “community” was examining aircraft movements around the area, and also photos of the fuselage and so on. There is a website which shows the movements of all commercial planes around the world in real time. The theory then was that the aircraft had been shot down by another aircraft judging by the type of holes in parts of the fuselage etc. Also suggested was that there was another large aircraft flying in Russian airspace with red markings similar to the one shot down. The suggestion was that Putin might have been in that one, and the Ukrainian air force shot down the Malaysian one in mistake for the one in Russia. All this is speculation but I am putting this idea here to you so that you may follow up on it if you wish. Nobody listens to the geeks but they often have an eye for detail that us norms do not and they have their own little world that others do not penetrate very easily. Kind regards, cdm

  160. Relating to:

    “Russian media continue to embarrass themselves”

    That particular image had been floating the around the internet for months before Channel One took the bait, likely exactly the purpose the photo had been created for. No different to western media had been suckered into images of Russian military supposedly operating in Ukraine with photos of exercises exterior to Ukraine’s borders.

    I rather expect a better chance the photo referenced in the BBC story had been created in Langley, Virginia, rather than by FSB. If we are speaking to issues of intelligence agency competence, I recommend:

    ^ The CIA excels at world class stupidities

  161. Its not like the Russians have done a very convincing case of denying responsibility. Its Occam’s Razor for me.

  162. What about it?

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  163. Mostly to keep this thread open, I have to say that I agree. OK, Cossack militias might be impulsive and poorly trained, but to pin this on the Russian state, well… it’s just too poorly executed.

  164. The parallels are pretty clear. In the case of both 9/11 and this Malaysian airliner, the western mainstream media had their story ready to go as soon as it happened. And then when all the evidence starts accumulating that this story is untrue, cannot possibly be true, they simply ignore all of it. In fact anybody who brings it up is immediately tarred as a “conspiracy theorist”.

    That’s what about it. (Shrug)

  165. We are now entering the Twilight Zone.

  166. No twilight zone. Maybe you just think it’s a twilight zone because of the blinkers you have on.

    In terms of the physical evidence, you can just go to and look around with an open mind. It’s quite clear that the official story on 9/11 cannot possibly be true. That much is really quite rigorously demonstrable in terms of hard physical science.

  167. It does not appear that Putin has been all that helpful in the investigation. Which is surprising if you consider 1) many seem to claim Russia had nothing to do with it, and 2) given the horribleness of it, he could have done his — and Russia’s — international standing a lot of good by driving the investigation.

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    That’s what I believed and still believ ,more so when I cast Bush and Romney.
    This was and is my view. It is possible that Saddam and not US,UK,Italy, Israel were lying over the debates ( or threat from the west and meek begging for an argument from Saddam) that he had hands in anthrax,Niger Uranium ,Yellow Cake ,and 911 . How can the countries with different time zones,languages,religion,and geographical separation could concoct the same lies ? They can’t.

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    The Ukraine military shot down another airliner some years before when a missile aimed at a training drone missed and locked on to the airliner.

    I think the Kiev side had been directing airliners across the war zone along the path of planned bombing runs to allow Ukraine military jets to fly the same course *below* the airliner and use the airliner’s much bigger radar signature (huge compared to a military jet) as protection i.e. if a missile was fired and missed it might lock on to the airliner instead.

    I don’t think the US side wants to admit their allies were using airliners as human shields and the Russians don’t want to admit their surface to air missiles ignore civilian IFF (as they must in a war zone) hence why both side’s stories feel unconvincing.

    Apart from the politics it’s important because if missiles treat civilian IFF as foe then it means airliners need to be kept a very long way from any mid-tech war zone.

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  170. Objective comment and I find all of your points likely to be true. Of course none of us have any proof.

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    True but separate from the politics of it if missiles ignore civilian IFF then that would be useful info to get into the public domain as any airline who decided to keep flying over a midtech war zone to save fuel would soon lose their customers.

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    The Russians, Chechens or Americans «fighting» in «Ukraine» are cryptoJews. Ukrainians and other peoples are also cryptoJews. Any name of any nationality is just terminology. All terminology is Jewish.
    The war in Ukraine is not real. It’s a play – circus show like any other war.

  173. “Russia’s campaign in Ukraine today is a prominent example of hybrid warfare. In the previous decade, however, during the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both sides used combinations of regular forces, irregular forces, and criminal elements. Prior to the war, Russian military forces operating in Georgia as “peacekeepers” sustained a flourishing smuggling network in partnership with various Abkhaz, Ossetian, and Georgian criminal groups. Alongside Russian forces, this smuggling network moved into Georgia, while cooperating with separatist militias used by Russian forces to ethnically cleanse Georgians from the two breakaway regions. Similarly, Georgian military forces cooperated with guerillas operating in the area. Both sides thereby blurred the distinction between regular government forces, criminal elements, and militias.”
    Counter-Unconventional Warfare
    White Paper
    26 September 2014
    It is the corruption more than the sanctions that are killing the economy. The impotent media couldn’t figure it out no matter how much they tried. I put myself on the do not fly list. The cities are dying and we’re seeing money pumped into failed airports. Get prepared for the heavy bombing because it’s coming.

  174. Thread way too long to read, so apologies if this update is redundant.

    According to FortRuss Blog a Ukrainian fighter pilot called Vladislav Voloshnin has been named by a defector from the UAF as the attacker. It was apparently the ‘wrong’ plane. The detail was quite convincing to me, but read it yourself folks.

  175. “…Except for the fact that the pro-Russian rebels on social media bragged about shooting down a plane with BUK missile…”

    Well that settles it. Before I read this I was sure it was brought down by men with box cutters.

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    In my opinion this is too much conspiracy thinking – kinda of like those who think 911 attacks were committed by CIA or Jews or Aliens etc. The Ukraine would have no need to shoot AA missiles since so called Rebels had no air force at the time – and I believe still don’t posses any aircraft. Conversely, rebels have a host of AA weapons and Ukraine was using its aircraft at the time.

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  177. […] is no conclusive evidence, despite media reports to the contrary. In fact, Western governments and media have made a concerted effort to suppress any evidence that would suggest other, more reasonable […]

  178. The truth could be a bit more complicated. For example Ukrainian military planes always traveling close to civilian airliners so that it would be more difficult to shoot them down, in essence using the airliners as human shields. I’m not aware of the Ukrainian military using these tactics, but certainly it’s a possibility, and in my opinion more likely than most conspiracy theories around here.

  179. Re: “The Ukraine would have no need to shoot AA missiles since so called Rebels had no air force at the time ”

    The Kiev regime had no need to put anti-aircraft batteries in the area at all, but they did!

    Please everybody, get real.

    Its been months since the shooting down of MH 17 and despite all the accusations made by the US government and the Kiev regime at the time, not one single piece of credible evidence has been produced. Obviously the information is being suppressed, and even more obviously it is not being withheld to protect the rebels or the Russians.

  180. Alternative theory.

    MH17 was downed near Soledar and Artimovsk.

    Under Artimovsk there is a gigantic weapons cache. Is it possible that the plane was downed so that Western investigators could look into an inventory of that site and assess what the Separatists removed from said weapons dump? Chemical, Nuclear, Biological weapons stocks?

    The HQ for the crash site investigation was set up in Soledar which is a very close to the Salt Mine cave entrance.

    The passengers were just collateral damage in the contest over weapons stocks.

  181. What if there’s something missing from the Armsdump/Salt Mine directly under the crash site?

    Missing Nukes, Chemical Weapons, bio weapons? Artimovsk is like Racooncity.

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  182. I hardly doubt there were nukes stored in an arms dump in the Ukraine. Chemical and biological weapons degrade with time, they can still be poisonous, but you can’t just dump them in a salt mine and expect them to work 20 years later. (Ukraine never had money to sustain these programs, even if there were some such programs on Ukrainian soil, so at best they have some 25-year-old degraded stockpiles of these weapons, which cannot still be usable.)

    I also think this is a complicated theory, frankly I don’t expect the Ukrainian government to be as diabolically clever as this theory implies.

  183. The best explanation is that the Russians supplied the weapons but did a poor job of training the operators.

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  184. Hey Mr. Unz,

    I just wanted to let you know that the feature on this website, the one that allows you to click on a commenter’s name (thus bringing up all the comments they have previously made), apparently does not work for people who have an apostrophe in their name/handle.

  185. Fixed.

  186. The best explanation is that the Russians supplied the weapons but did a poor job of training the operators.

    Aren’t there supposed to be uncounted hordes of Russian troops fighting in Ukraine? Why would Russia supply such a weapon and not provide a trained crew for it?

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  187. I don’t know how many Russian troops are in the Ukraine, if any. I would assume that there are not very many or it would be over by now.

  188. Maybe MH17 was shot down by the USS Vincennes…

    …or by an SU-15 out of Sakhalin…

    …or, perhaps it was hijacked and blown up by some Saudi guys with box cutters.

    It’s hard to keep all of these things straight.

    Can’t we all just leave airliners alone? I’d like to get to my destination, and I don’t have a dog in this hunt.

  189. Here’s likely the most compréhensive investigations on the MH17

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  190. Follow this very well made article, there is photo of the con trail you mentionned…

  191. Thanks, in my opinion that was the most convincing evidence to date.

  192. Bellingthecat has been thoroughly discredited. He belongs to group of social media ‘truthers’ and has absolutely no technical, much less ballistic skills or training. The British Guardian who don’t either, used hrs stuff and have since had to retract the material conclusions.

    Military experts from MIT – not yet under CIA control
    - have dismissed his ‘analysis’ completely. He was also the guy who brought us those non-existent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

    Most recognise him as a GHQ stooge.

    I believe even the Guardian doesn’t use his stuff anymore – and it’s never been known for rigour.

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  193. And here is an assessment of the non-surface-to-air-BUK (or ‘red herring’) theory, going with the pics and reports of two fighter jets -Ukrainian – seen on each side of MH-17 :

    Ray B. March 07, 2015
    Here is my analysis, from an ex-Boeing aero engineer standpoint:
    The Boeing 777 was initially at 33,000 feet. The aircraft, therefore, was above the Su-25’s ceiling, as listed at wikipedia. (Service ceiling: 7,000 m (22,965 ft) clean,
    5,000 m (16,000 ft) with max weapons) I am aware of the Comments both that this is an artificial, CIA-changed figure and that Su-25 pilots have reached at least 30,000 feet with supplemental oxygen. For the purpose here, it does not matter. I am presuming the Su-25 was carrying only two R-60 air-to-air missiles, which are low drag. So, the service ceiling in this case would have been around 21-22,000 feet. (The upgrades to the Su-25 did not include engine or aerodynamic changes, so are unlikely to have increased the ceiling.) The 777 was well within reach of the R-60s, though (66,000 ft, Mach 2.7). As a non-maneuvering, transport aircraft, it would have been laughably easy to hit. I would have salvoed both missiles, both for increased hit-chance and to avoid coming back with only one missile (very noticeable, as opposed to just empty pylons). The above would tie-in with ret. Col Zhilin’s testimony. Most reports indicate the accompanying-fighter was closing from the rear, which is the most advantageous for infrared guidance. With infrared guidance, the missile would home-in directly on the hottest area – the engine exhaust. The warhead would probably detonate in the
    exhaust cone or adjacent to it. In the Boeing 777, the engine is slung well out in front of the wing. The expanding-rod warhead would rip up the engine but probably not
    take out the wing or flight control cabling. The ‘hit’ (or hits) might indeed be survivable. Today’s jet engines are built with FAA-mandated ‘containment shields’. They
    are meant to contain high-velocity fan/compressor/turbine blades if something causes them to shear off. They are basically armored ‘cans’ surrounding the rotating
    parts. A missile detonating inside this ‘can’ might have the expanding-rods contained, rather than punching through the nacelle and into the fuselage. If detonating on the far side of the ‘can’ from the fuselage, much the same result… Also, Zhilin says, “…the Boeing turned 180 degrees to the left.” This would be the direct result of losing thrust on the left engine. The pilots were probably more concerned with staying in the air (under control) than their heading…
    commercial/startup/pdf/777_perf.pdf “Engine-out altitude capability (MTOW, ISA + 10°C) Basic: 16,200 ft Maximum Weight: 15,600 ft” After the 777’s engine was hit and disabled by the R-60, the 777 would have descended to around 15-16,000 feet. That is the standard one-engine-out ‘cruise’ altitude as above. It may have been lower with the damage. If I were the pilot, I would have been on a circling descent through and below that altitude, looking for a nearby airport or good field. Since the R-60 has
    such a small warhead, the pilots may not even have known they were hit by a missile and assumed a simple engine-out problem.
    That could account for the lack of initial reporting.
    This descent would have put the 777 well within the Su-25’s (wikipedia) altitude capability. So, it would have been possible at that point to conduct a ‘strafing’ run with the 30mm cannon. With the 777 turning, that may have presented the opportunity for whatever angle shot the fighter pilot wanted. As various Commenters have
    noted, there seems to have been a concentration on the cockpit and avionics bay. (Grrr.)
    Unfortunately, with the ‘secrecy agrement’ in place, I see no way that any important evidence will be revealed, barring a Snowden-like mass-release by someone
    with a Conscience…

    Am off to Asia Times with this too.

  194. Could you provide links to prove your assertions?

    I haven’t read much from this Bellingcat site, but the analysis with the pictures tracking the movement of the Buk seem to be highly plausible. It also doesn’t need ballistic skills or training to track the movement of vehicles on pictures.

  195. 891316

    Disregard the earlier comment.

    Maybe Putin realized that he is dealing with idiots on the American side. This could have been a signal to the idiots that they were underestimating the opposition. He could see the situation leading to the killing of many Russians. This could have been an attempt to prevent further escalation by the US by demonstrating his will and resolve.

  196. Russia states they have a Ukrainian witness backing the SU 25 combat jet shoot-down of MH 17


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  197. Der Spiegel interviews expert who debunks Bellingcat’s (Elliot Higgins) claims of Russian manipulation of digital images:


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  198. A move to push Russia into a corner at the Security Council:


  199. I don’t disagree as much as you might expect about Abbott. He seems to demonstrate that intellectual brilliance is not necessary for a Rhodes Scholarship even in a populous state. However, far from his having his strings pulled by the US as you posit, the biggest influence on him was probably Peta Credlin his very controlling Chief of Staff and his motive would be popular domestic politics – which he achieved. Not as good as a Bali bombing, properly exploited; but pretty useful.

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    You got taken for a ride on this one. A more recent video out ( shows the first reactions. Ignoring the commentary, it’s pretty obvious the insurgents arrived on the scene triumphant, thinking they downed a Ukrainian SU-25, only to realize it was a passenger jet. Since there was no SU-25 shot down that day, we can rule out the possibility that a SU-25 shot down MH-17, then was downed itself. The idea that a Ukrainian BUK was fired simultaneously and downed MH-17, fooling the insurgents into thinking they shot it down is such an implausible scenario that it beggars belief. This gels with the quickly posted and deleted social media posts bragging about shooting down a SU-25.

    There’s been a lot of FUD on both sides of this conflict, but on this issue, the mainstream media got it right.

  201. 14 January 2016 update: Russia sends a letter to the Dutch on the use of speculation in their MH 17 crash report as well as ignoring/excluding evidence provided by the Russian side

  202. “In recent years, leading scholars have conclusively established that for a decade or two during the 1930s and 1940s, a small network of Communist spies quietly gained substantial control of our national government in Washington, DC, successfully diverting the actions of the United States to their own nefarious ends”

    Certainly Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, and a few others were aiding the Soviet Union, but they scarcely controlled the government.

    Could we have some sources?

  203. The JIT in its 29/9 report showed a picture of a smoke trail. If that had been the smoke trail of the BUK that alledgedly shot down MH 17 than that picture would without a shadow of doubt been splashed over al the western media within hours. Hundreds may by thousands would have seen it and scores of pictures and videos would have been taken. The very fact that JIT now comes up with a smoke trail (which could have been taken any where) proves that it is a fake. If that is a fake all the other pictures are most likely fakes. Mr Eliot Higgins should have done better.

  204. Despite the Dutch whitewash (report) which could only be called the ‘likely’ & ‘probably’ ‘we love to point any finger at Putin report’, material at odds with the western line continues to come out:


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