Down­ing of MH-17 - de­lib­er­ate or ter­ror act?

What would Rus­sia, al­ready bom­barded by US through sanc­tions, gain by down­ing MH17. In con­trast, by blam­ing Rus­sia, US-NATO would score a geopo­lit­i­cal vic­tory.

SP's MAI - - MILITARY VIEWPOINT - LT GEN­ERAL (RETD) P.C. KA­TOCH

Down­ing of the Malaysian Air MH-17 com­mer­cial air­liner in eastern Ukraine has been yet another ghastly act that has re­sulted in the tragic loss of 298 pas­sen­gers and crew from 11 coun­tries. The mis­sile most likely was fired from a BUK Anti Air­craft Mis­sile Sys­tem held by both Ukraine and Rus­sia but then the same sys­tem is also in pos­ses­sion of Ukrainian rebels who over­ran Ukra­nian po­si­tions in the re­cent past. That these rebels have the knowhow to use the sys­tem is un­der de­bate.

The US ad­min­is­tra­tion is build­ing a case that us­ing these mis­siles re­quired ‘spe­cial­ist’ help but it is not whether such spe­cial­ists are part of the rebels, hav­ing will­ingly crossed over or taken hostage. Why was MH-17 downed in Eastern Ukraine. Obama blamed Rus­sia al­most in­stan­ta­neously for hav­ing pro­vided the mis­sile sys­tem to Ukra­nian rebels but that logic is sim­i­lar if the Iraqi Army was to be blamed for ‘pro­vid­ing’ tanks and ar­tillery to the ISIS. Two days af­ter the air­liner was shot down, FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rived in Ukraine as did in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co-op­er­a­tion in Europe but whether any worth­while clues would be found is ques­tion­able since the crash site in the con­fict zone has been tres­passed re­peat­edly.

Alexan­der Boro­dai, head of the self-pro­claimed Donetsk Peo­ple’s Repub­lic, said he was will­ing to co­op­er­ate with in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tors and de­nied Ukraine’s claim that the rebels re­moved 38 bod­ies and took them to Donetsk. The plane’s black boxes are be­ing handed over to Malaysia. The Ukrainian govern­ment has blamed the crash on Rus­sian­backed sep­a­ratists. But then Ukraine and US must also take re­spon­si­bil­ity for this tragedy be­cause it was they who started us­ing aerial fire­power to at­tack and kill the rebels. Such use of aerial fire­power should strictly be il­le­gal but then it is rou­tine for US and NATO. And in so do­ing, did Ukraine and ally US no­tify the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties about use of airspace for fight­ing the rebels. So, the rebels were al­ready fir­ing at planes and Ukraine should have closed down its airspace to civil avi­a­tion.

Con­sid­er­ing the in­volve­ment of US in Ukraine, surely the area was un­der 24x7 satel­lite cover by the US and log­i­cally the heat sig­na­tures of the tra­jec­tory of the mis­sile should have been no­ticed and snap­shot of it taken. It is also com­mon knowl­edge that for months Rus­sia has con­founded US-NATO’s at­tempts to over- throw the Ukraine regime and re­or­ga­nize it along its western border.

US Spe­cial Forces have been op­er­at­ing in Ukraine since last year and it was CIA op­er­a­tion to fund rebels in western Ukraine, who oc­cu­pied govern­ment build­ings in Kiev and forced the Ukra­nian Pres­i­dent to flee, rebels os­ten­si­bly funded by Ford Foun­da­tion. While NATO man­aged to vi­o­lently re­move the elected govern­ment of Vik­tor Yanukovych, the prox­ies it chose to re­place it with as in­com­pe­tent as the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood that was es­tab­lished in Egypt. In quick suc­ces­sion, Crimea peeled away from Kiev and be­came a fed­eral district of Rus­sia, while the prov­inces of Donetsk and Lu­gansk de­clared in­de­pen­dence and sought closer ties with neigh­bor­ing Rus­sia.

What would Rus­sia, al­ready bom­barded by US through sanc­tions, gain by down­ing MH-17. In con­trast, by blam­ing Rus­sia, US-NATO would score a geopo­lit­i­cal vic­tory. Donn Martin, at­tributes the US blame-game against Putin for not ac­cept­ing the il­le­gally in­stalled US backed, neo-Nazi in­fested coup in Ukraine and re­fus­ing to bow to the de­mands of Un­cle Scam. While ac­ci­den­tal down­ing of the plane by Rus­sia can­not be to­tally dis­counted con­sid­er­ing some re­ports that the plane was not fly­ing the des­ig­nated route, its down­ing could well have been CIA op­er­a­tion with USSF op­er­at­ing in Ukraine and proxy forces world over avail­able on hire es­pe­cially if Putin was the tar­get? It could also have been Ukraine. Re­mem­ber the Sarin Gas at­tack on hap­less civil­ians in Syria? FSB (Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence) re­ported UK’s top mer­ce­nary out­fit ‘Bri­tain De­fence’ (world’s largest mer­ce­nary force) de­liv­ered a chem­i­cal weapon to Syr­ian rebels, pro­posed by Qatar and ap­proved by Wash­ing­ton to Syr­ian rebels – used even­tu­ally for Sarin at­tack. In­ter­cepts of ‘Bri­tain De­fence’ said, “We’ll have to de­liver a CW (chem­i­cal weapon) to Homs, a Soviet ori­gin g-shell from Libya sim­i­lar to those that As­sad should have. They want us to de­ploy our Ukrainian per­son­nel that should speak Rus­sian and make a video record”. Of course, down­ing of MH-17 on own ini­tia­tive by the rebels where air power is be­ing used to kill them can­not be dis­counted ei­ther. More sig­nif­i­cantly, new re­ports have emerged that Kiev de­lib­er­ately ra­dioed MH-17 to di­vert course to the fa­tal route, that two Ukrainian fight­ers were es­cort­ing the ill-fated air­liner over Ukraine and that ‘im­me­di­ately’ post the mis­sile hit, Kiev an­nounced the down­ing. The bot­tom-line, how­ever, is the loss of 298 in­no­cent lives, ex­tin­guished for­ever.

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