Head of General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov ( left) and chief of the Air Force Main Staff Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev ( right) at a media conference in Moscow, July 21
Of course, i don't know what happened that sorry day either and as i said the other day, "...the details here are as clear as mud. The most likely scenario is that a mistake was made by the rebels who thought they were firing at a government transport plane." It now appears, according to the article 'Airliner Shot Down 'By Mistake' say US Officials' quoting new comments from high-level U.S. officials and portions of declassified intelligence information released on Tuesday that indicate - contrary to earlier comments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - that Russia had no direct involvement in last week's Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 disaster. A tiny climb down from the Obama team at best. They still refuse to release any pictures or video instead relying on the meaningless common sense argument.
From the 'other side' though Russia has released military monitoring data, images and video which show plenty of documented evidence dis-proving 'our side's' version of events and posed 10 questions from the highest ranking Russian military leaders to Ukraine and the US over the circumstances surrounding the MH17 tragedy. Please read through these questions as they certainly won't be appearing in the western media anywhere.
This past week has seen quite a few articles by other highly respected independent journalists from around the world who haven't bought the pentagon's spin. All of them remember the the pentagon's lies about weapons of mass destruction leading to the Iraq war for example.
Pepe Escobar's always insightful column The Roving Eye in the Asia Times Online focuses on the larger questions as well as the lack of clarity about the event itself.
Robert Parry's explosive piece 'What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?' says, "What I’ve been told by one source, who has provided accurate information on similar matters in the past, is that U.S. intelligence agencies do have detailed satellite images of the likely missile battery that launched the fateful missile, but the battery appears to have been under the control of Ukrainian government troops dressed in what look like Ukrainian uniforms."
A little chill ran down my back this morning when i considered the possible implications of Russia's 10 questions. When playing Texas Hold'em a player doesn't show his hole cards until the end and maybe not in this great game either. Could it be that the reason the Pentagon won't release their proof is that they know the Russians have far more in the hole than they're showing so far? Could it be that the Yanquis can't let Russia's evidence hit the media in answer to, and totally invalidating, whatever the Pentagon releases.
If this story were to blow up on the Americans, if they were shown to be lying through their teeth for geo-political advantage even their now compliant corporate media genuflecters could use the opening to begin questioning a whole lotta lies. Anyway i remember how reluctant the people living around me in my hometown in New England were back in the 60s to accept any information that countered their government's propaganda about Vietnam and this feels the same now. The difference is now the whole world is watching because of the Internet and Snowden has already put a big dent in people's gullibility quotient in accepting propaganda from the Empire's truthy-ness machinery.
Finally, who knows, but as Frank Zappa said, "I think that if a person doesn't feel cynical then they're out of phase with the 21st century. Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization, you can't just swallow it whole."