Posted on September 23, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
Some people in Germany certainly haven’t forgotten MH17, because they’re taking the Ukrainian government in the capitol of Kiev to court for manslaughter. For a number of reasons, MH17 remains very disturbing for many people around the world. Among those concerned about the failure to arrest those behind the shooting down of MH17 is Tariq Ali, who devoted 30-minutes to the subject recently on his TeleSUR TV program, “The World Today With Tariq Ali”.
The title of that episode is “Propaganda Wars” and Mr. Ali performs an excellent job of pointing out the facts surrounding the downed airliner, particularly regarding how Western governments and media have “spun” the story. The biggest, most perplexing developments which occurred after the Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky in July would be headed up by the quick rush to point the finger of blame toward Eastern Ukraine pro-federalists and/or Russia for the downing. The Obama administration, European Union government officials, and US and European media outlets quickly were shouting out “Separatists, Russians, Putin!” but, when those who were doing the shouting became asked to give evidence backing up the claims behind their shouts, the accusers were unable to provide any.
Now, the number of published front-page newspaper articles, television news programs, government announcements, and statements made by guests on television talk shows suggesting – even claiming there was “no doubt” Eastern Ukrainian separatists or Russia used surface-to-air missiles to shoot down the airliner – wasn’t small. One could describe the amount of “Russia did it!” reporting in the first days after the jet crashed in Ukraine, killing all 298 passenger and crew on board, as a “tidal wave”.
What is worthy of consideration is that, in that tidal wave of “Russia did it!” reporting, there were virtually no suggestions of the possibility that the new Ukraine government may have been behind the shooting down of MH17. Then, the media basically ignored – almost to the point where reasonable persons could think intentionally – the gathering, growing number of questions and facts coming from various sources including the Russian and other governments, independent experts and investigative journalists, and what seemed like every non-western media outlet and citizen/independent journalist on the world’s internet.
Russia’s investigation resulted in an over hour-long presentation by officials of their military where radar showed two Ukrainian fighter jets in close proximity to MH17 shortly before it crashed, suggesting the possibility that those Ukrainian jets may have shot down the airliner with air-to-air missiles or large-caliber bullets fired from the jets. Western governments, in particular the US’ Obama administration, along with Western media – both of whom almost immediately after the Malaysian airliner crashed in Eastern Ukraine pointed their collective finger at separatists and Russia in relentless, “tidal wave” fashion – completely ignored the Russian military presentation, and made absolutely no mention of any alternative theory about what happened,
Tariq Ali, during his report, shows an Associated Press reporter at a United States State Department press briefing asking the woman State Department spokesperson to show him more information about the US government’s evidence allowing them to publicly state separatist/Russian guilt for the downing of MH17. Mr. Ali observes that, first, for the Associated Press reporter to ask such a challenging question is these days a “rare occurrence” and, second, that the woman State Department spokesperson could not come back with anything approaching a coherent, acceptable, or reasonable response.
Tariq Ali goes on to describe similar events in recent decades where airliners were shot down, the late-1980’s agreement between then Soviet Union Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and US Secretary of State James Baker where Baker – after he and Gorbachev agreed to East and West Germany reunification – told Gorbachev that NATO would not advance “one inch” toward (what is now) Russia, and various aspects having to do with shortcomings in Western journalism to provide full, accurate context on MH17 and Russian/Ukraine, Russia/US differences.
Mr. Ali then mentions an open letter from retired United States military/intelligence officers to President Barack Obama, where they pointed out their serious concerns regarding the disconnect between administration assertions of Ukraine separatist/Russian criminal responsibility for MH17 and the lack of evidence to prove those assertions.
Readers can find the full letter here:
Now, that open letter became published and read all across the world over the internet. The number of men and women around the Earth whose eyes gazed upon every word of it is probably in the millions. The letter was a profound statement directly related to a major, major international event: the shoot-down of Malaysian airliner MH17 in Eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. What is so puzzling, frustrating, and, frankly, has led to a high level of indignation among many around the Earth is that what is presented in that letter never became the topic of discussion in the US Congress or any Western media outlets.
MH17 mass murderers still outside the law
That letter published by retired military/intelligence officers came out of July 29, nearly two months ago, and thousands of articles about MH17 since have presented a number of theories about the incident. The international community seems to have come to the point where there is no sense of urgency in finding out what really happened on July 17 in Eastern Ukraine which resulted in 298 men, women, and children perishing. Shortly after the letter by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity became seen by millions – and the thousands of articles on MH17 as well – what occurred was the Western media completely stopped reporting on MH17.
One could describe the media’s reporting about MH17 beginning roughly two months ago until now as “total and absolute silence”. The heads of the world’s governments aren’t demanding an immediate, thorough, multi-nation, professional investigation by the world’s leading experts/investigators to determine what happened. An attorney from Malaysia, Matthias Chang, published an article on September 15, 2014 about the, what he describes as, “so-called independent investigation of the Netherlands”, and he found the investigation’s first public report explicitly states its main purpose was not to discover the perpetrator(s).
Readers will find Mr. Chang’s full article here:
What has also come to light since the Netherlands investigators released their first public report is that there were no references or inclusion of any evidence provided by the United States government. Now, any reasonable man or woman cannot help but ask themselves how – after so many statements accusing/strongly suggesting culpability of Ukraine resistance/Russian officials in the shoot-down of MH17 by US government executive and legislative branch officials – that not one speck of evidence came from the United States which then became part of the Netherlands report.
Now it seems the Netherlands MH17 investigative team will release another – their follow-up – report next year. It seems as if all the investigators can tell the world is that MH17 became struck by fast-moving projectiles. The way in which the mass murder of 298 innocent human beings in the downing of MH17 has been carelessly reported, shoddily investigated, and used for deceptive, manipulative, propagandistic purposes is outrageous. Miscarriages of justice of this extreme proportion should never, ever occur in a world which views itself as civilized.
Humanity must take the strongest possible actions to find the mass-murderers behind MH17.
(Thank you to TeleSUR English at YouTube)