By Pepe Escobar
19, 2014 "ICH"
Times" - -
And here's the spin war verdict: the current
Malaysia Airlines tragedy - the second in four
months - is "terrorism" perpetrated by "pro-Russian
separatists", armed by Russia, and Vladimir Putin is
the main culprit. End of story. Anyone who believes
otherwise, shut up.
was escorted by 2 Ukrainian fighter jets minutes
before disappearing from radar (5.48 pm)"
Kiev authorities want to admit the truth 2 fighter
jets were flying very close a few minutes before the
incident but did not shoot down the airliner (5.54)"
as the Malaysia Airlines B777 disappeared the Kiev
military authority informed us of the shooting down.
How did they know? (6.00)"
"Everything has been recorded on radar. For those
that don't believe it, it was taken down by Kiev; we
know that here (in traffic control) and the military
air traffic control know it too (7.14)"
Ministry of the Interior did know that there were
fighter aircraft in the area, but the Ministry of
Defense didn't. (7.15)"
military confirm that it was Ukraine, but it is not
known where the order came from. (7.31)"
Why? Because the CIA said so. Because Hillary
"We came, we
saw, he died"
Clinton said so. Because batshit crazy Samantha
"R2P" Power said so - thundering at the UN,
everything duly printed by the neo-con infested
Washington Post. 
Because Anglo-American corporate media - from CNN to
Fox (who tried to buy Time Warner, which owns CNN) -
said so. Because the President of the United States
(POTUS) said so. And mostly because Kiev had
vociferously said so in the first place.
Right off the bat they were all lined up - the
invariably hysterical reams of "experts" of the "US
intelligence community" literally foaming at their
palatial mouths at "evil" Russia and "evil" Putin;
intel "experts" who could not identify a convoy of
gleaming white Toyotas crossing the Iraqi desert to
take Mosul. And yet they have already sentenced they
don't need to look any further, instantly solving
the MH17 riddle.
It doesn't matter that President Putin has stressed
the MH17 tragedy must be investigated objectively.
And "objectively" certainly does not mean that
fictional "international community" notion construed
by Washington - the usual congregation of pliable
And what about Carlos?
simple search at reveals that MH17 was in fact
diverted 200 kilometers north from the usual flight
path taken by Malaysia Airlines in the previous days
- and plunged right in the middle of a war zone.
Why? What sort of communication MH17 received from
Kiev air control tower?
Kiev has been mute about it. Yet the answer would be
simple, had Kiev released the Air Traffic Control
recording of the tower talking to flight MH17;
Malaysia did it after flight MH370 disappeared
It won't happen; SBU security confiscated it. So
much for getting an undoctored explanation on why
MH17 was off its path, and what the pilots saw and
said before the explosion.
The Russian Defense Ministry, for its part, has
confirmed that a Kiev-controlled Buk anti-aircraft
missile battery was operational near the MH17's
crash. Kiev has deployed several batteries of Buk
surface-to-air missile systems with at least 27
launchers; these are all perfectly capable of
bringing down jets flying at 33,000 ft.
Radiation from a battery's Kupol radar, deployed as
part of a Buk-M1 battery near Styla (a village some
30km south of Donetsk) was detected by the Russian
military. According to the ministry, the radar could
be providing tracking information to another battery
which was at a firing distance from MH17's flight
path. The tracking radar range on the Buk system is
a maximum of 50 miles. MH17 was flying at 500 mph.
So assuming the "rebels" had an operational Buk and
did it, they would have had not more than five
minutes to scan all the skies above, all possible
altitudes, and then lock on. By then they would have
known that a cargo plane could not possibly be
flying that high. For evidence supporting the
possibility of a false flag,
And then there's the curiouser and curiouser story
of Carlos, the Spanish air traffic controller
working at Kiev's tower, who was following MH17 in
real time. For some Carlos is legit - not a cipher;
for others, he's never even worked in Ukraine.
Anyway he tweeted like mad. His account - not
accidentally - has been shut down, and he has
disappeared; his friends are now desperately looking
for him. I managed to read all his tweets in Spanish
when the account was still online - and now copies
and an English translation are available.
These are some of his crucial tweets:
Carlos's assessment (a partial compilation of his
tweets is collected here http://slavyangrad.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/spanish-air-controller-kiev-borispol-airport-ukraine-military-shot-down-boeing-mh17/
): the missile was fired by the Ukraine military
under orders of the Ministry of Interior - NOT the
Ministry of Defense. Security matters at the
Ministry of the Interior happen to be under Andriy
Parubiy, who was closely working alongside US
neo-cons and Banderastan neo-nazis on Maidan.
Assuming Carlos is legit, the assessment makes
sense. The Ukrainian military are divided between
Chocolate king President Petro Poroshenko - who
would like a d?tente with Russia essentially to
advance his shady business interests - and Saint
Yulia Timoshenko, who's on the record advocating
genocide of ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine. US
neo-cons and US "military advisers" on the ground
are proverbially hedging their bets, supporting both
the Poroshenko and Timoshenko factions.
So who profits?
The key question remains, of course, cui bono?
Only the terminally brain dead believe shooting a
passenger jet benefits the federalists in Eastern
Ukraine, not to mention the Kremlin.
As for Kiev, they'd have the means, the motive and
the window of opportunity to pull it off -
especially after Kiev's militias have been
effectively routed, and were in retreat, in the
Donbass; and this after Kiev remained dead set on
attacking and bombing the population of Eastern
Ukraine even from above. No wonder the federalists
had to defend themselves.
And then there's the suspicious timing. The MH17
tragedy happened two days after the BRICS announced
an antidote to the IMF and the World Bank, bypassing
the US dollar. And just as Israel "cautiously"
advances its new invasion/slow motion ethnic
cleansing of Gaza. Malaysia, by the way, is the seat
of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, which has
found Israel guilty of crimes against humanity.
Washington, of course, does profit. What the Empire
of Chaos gets in this case is a ceasefire (so the
disorganized, battered Kiev militias may be
resupplied); the branding of Eastern Ukrainians as
de facto "terrorists" (as Kiev, Dick Cheney-style,
always wanted); and unlimited mud thrown over Russia
and Putin in particular until Kingdom Come. Not bad
for a few minutes' work. As for NATO, that's
Christmas in July.
From now on, it all depends on Russian intelligence.
They have been surveying/tracking everything that
happens in Ukraine 24/7. In the next 72 hours, after
poring over a lot of tracking data, using telemetry,
radar and satellite tracking, they will know which
type of missile was launched, where from, and even
produce communications from the battery that
launched it. And they will have access to forensic
Unlike Washington - who already knows everything,
with no evidence whatsoever (remember 9/11?) -
Moscow will take its time to know the basic
journalistic facts of what, where, and who, and
engage on proving the truth and/or disproving
The historical record shows Washington simply won't
release data if it points to a missile coming from
its Kiev vassals. The data may even point to a bomb
planted on MH17, or mechanical failure - although
that's unlikely. If this was a terrible mistake by
the Novorossiya rebels, Moscow will have to
reluctantly admit it. If Kiev did it, the revelation
will be instantaneous. Anyway we already know the
hysterical Western response, no matter what; Russia
is to blame.
Putin is more than correct when he stressed this
tragedy would not have happened if Poroshenko had
agreed to extend a cease-fire, as Merkel, Hollande
and Putin tried to convince him in late June. At a
minimum, Kiev is already guilty because they are
responsible for safe passage of flights in the
airspace they - theoretically - control.
But all that is already forgotten in the fog of war,
tragedy and hype. As for Washington's hysterical
claims of credibility, I leave you with just one
number: Iran Air 655.
Missile Downs Malaysia Airlines Plane Over Ukraine
Killing 298, Kiew Blames Rebels, Washington
Post, July 18, 2014.
Pepe Escobar is the author of
Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving
into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007),
Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the
surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and
Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MAX HASTINGS: This lying
brute who has to be shackled:
Putin probably felt that no path was open to him
save denial, because the facts point blame for this
huge tragedy squarely at the Kremlin.