Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight
By Ron Paul
July 21, 2014 "ICH"
Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian
Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western
politicians and media joined together to gain the
maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had
to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said.
President Obama held a press conference to claim –
even before an investigation – that it was
pro-Russian rebels in the region who were
responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha
Power, did the same at the UN Security Council –
just one day after the crash!
While western media outlets rush to repeat
government propaganda on the event, there are a few
things they will not report.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine
started late last year, when EU and US-supported
protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected
Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without
US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that
hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that
followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash
The media has reported that the plane must have been
shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed
separatists, because the missile that reportedly
brought down the plane was Russian made. But they
will not report that the Ukrainian government also
uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.
They will not report that the post-coup government
in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250
people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June,
including 20 killed as government forces bombed the
city center the day after the plane crash! Most of
these are civilians and together they roughly equal
the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast,
Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the
separatists have struck largely military, not
They will not report that the US has strongly backed
the Ukrainian government in these attacks on
civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman
called “measured and moderate.”
They will not report that neither Russia nor the
separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain
but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger
liner full of civilians.
They will not report that the Ukrainian government
has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia,
and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already
expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed
for the attack.
They will not report that the missile that
apparently shot down the plane was from a
sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that
requires a good deal of training that the
separatists do not have.
They will not report that the separatists in eastern
Ukraine have inflicted considerable losses on the
Ukrainian government in the week before the plane
They will not report how similar this is to last
summer’s US claim that the Assad government in Syria
had used poison gas against civilians in Ghouta.
Assad was also gaining the upper hand in his
struggle with US-backed rebels and the US claimed
that the attack came from Syrian government
positions. Then, US claims led us to the brink of
another war in the Middle East. At the last minute
public opposition forced Obama to back down – and we
have learned since then that US claims about the gas
attack were false.
Of course it is entirely possible that the Obama
administration and the US media has it right this
time, and Russia or the separatists in eastern
Ukraine either purposely or inadvertently shot down
this aircraft. The real point is, it's very
difficult to get accurate information so everybody
engages in propaganda. At this point it would be
unwise to say the Russians did it, the Ukrainian
government did it, or the rebels did it. Is it so
hard to simply demand a real investigation?
Copyright © 2014 by RonPaul
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