By Paul Craig Roberts
October 14, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - When I read that
the report on the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was
being put in the hands of the Dutch, I knew that there would be no
investigation and no attention to the facts.
And there wasn’t.
I did not intend to write about the report,
because Washington’s propaganda has already succeeded, at least in
the Western world, in its purpose of laying the blame on Russia.
However, the misrepresentation of the Dutch report by Western media,
such as NPR, is so outrageous as to make the media the story and not
For example, I just heard NPR’s Moscow
correspondent, Corey Flintoff, say that the missile that hit the
airliner was fired by Ukrainian separatists who lack the technical
ability to operate the system. Therefore, the missile had to have
been fired by a Russian.
There is nothing in the Dutch report whatsoever
that leads to this conclusion. Flintoff either is incompetent or
lying or he is expressing his view and not the report’s conclusion.
The only conclusion that the report reaches is one
that we already knew: if a Buk missile brought down the airliner, it
was a Russian-made missile. The Dutch report does not say who fired
Indeed, the report places no blame on Russia, but
it does place blame on Ukraine for not closing the airspace over the
war area. Attorneys have stated in response to the report that
families of those killed and the Malaysian airline itself are likely
to file lawsuits against Ukraine for negligence.
Of course, there was nothing of this in Flintoff’s
As I wrote at the time of the airliner’s
destruction, the Western media already had “the-Russians-did-it”
story ready the moment the airliner was reported to be shot down.
This story was very useful to Washington in hardening its European
vassal states into sanctions against Russia, as there was some
dissent. What Washington has never explained and the Western media
has never asked is: What motive did separatists and Russia have to
shoot down a Malaysian airliner?
None whatsoever. The Russian government would
never allow such a thing. Putin would have immediately strung up
Washington’s story makes no sense whatsoever. Only
an idiot could believe it.
What motive did Washington have? Many. The
demonization of Russia made it impossible for European governments
to resist or abandon the economic sanctions that Washington is using
to break economic and political relationships between Europe and
The Russian manufacturer of the Buk missile has
proven that if a Buk missile was used, it was an old version that
exists only in the Ukraine military. For some years the Russian
military has been equipped with a replacement version that has a
different signature in its destructive impact. The damage to the
Malaysian airliner is inconsistent with the destructive force of the
Buk missile in Russian service. The reports were given to the Dutch,
but no effort was made to replicate and verify the validity of the
tests conducted by the manufacturer of the missile. Indeed, the
Dutch report does not even consider whether the airliner was downed
by Ukrainian fighter jets. The report is as useless as the 9/11
Don’t expect any acknowledgement of this by the
Western media, a collection of people who lie for a living.
The reason that the West has no future is that the
West has no media, only propagandists for government and corporate
agendas and apologists for their crimes. Every day the
bought-and-paid-for-media sustains The Matrix that makes Western
peoples politically impotent.
The Western media has no independence. An editor
of a major German newspaper has written a book, a best-seller
published in Germany, in which he states that not only he himself
served the CIA as a reliable purveyor of Washington’s lies, but that
every significant journalist in Europe does so also.
Obviously, his book has not been translated and
published in America.
NPR, like all of Western media, has lost its
integrity. NPR claims to be reader-supported. In fact, it is
supported by corporations. Pay attention to the ads: “NPR is
supported by xyz corporation working to sell you this or that
product or service.”
The George W. Bush regime destroyed NPR by
appointing two Republican female ideologues to oversee NPR’s public
function. The two Republicans succeeded in making job security, not
reporting integrity, the motive of NPR journalists.
As a person who worked with President Reagan to
end the Cold War and associated nuclear threat, I am dismayed that
the Western media has failed life on earth by resurrecting the
prospect of nuclear armageddon.