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Ukraine in the Cross-hairs

Washington’s evidence of Russian responsibility for the downing of a Malay airliner over Ukraine are final. The problem is they are not verifiable and therefore reflect the seriousness of those solemnly dealt out by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Security Council to justify the attack against Iraq.

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Through their wiretapping and their surveillance satellites, the United States has evidence that you cannot verify that their enemies are guilty (photo:. Colin Powell on February 11, 2003 at the Security Council. The US has never apologized).

A "global tragedy": that is how Obama described the destruction of the Malay aircraft over Ukraine in his telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin during which he accused Russia of arming rebels in Ukraine and also providing anti-aircraft missiles.

In other words, he accused Moscow of being directly or indirectly responsible for the tragic death of 298 people from many countries of the world. This version is accredited by a series of secret "evidence" broadcast to global media via Kiev by American secret services just hours after the plane fell: among them, the telephone call in which a rebel commander relates to a Russian military intelligence colonel that separatist forces have shot down the plane, together with a video that shows, in the rebel-controlled area, a Russian Sa-11 battery that is missing a missile supposed to have shot down the plane.

Then Secretary of State Kerry declared to CNN that he had evidence that Moscow had not only provided the separatists with Sa-11 missiles but had trained them in their use. On this point, the international commission of inquiry appears superfluous. The "evidence" presented by Washington would have in fact already shown that the civilian aircraft was shot not by mistake but deliberately (civilian flights are identified by a special code), with a battery of Russian missiles operated by Russian Ukrainians, under Russian command, who immediately telephoned Russian military intelligence to confirm the destruction, knowing that all telephone calls are intercepted.

Result: Moscow put on trial by the "international community" (read: the United States and their allies); Russian Ukrainians branded as terrorists; media attention focused on the tragedy of the plane, overshadowing the tragedy of the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.

A proven technique used several times by Washington to fabricate a casus belli.

Let us recall only the Gulf of Tonkin incident (attack by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on the US Maddox, later proven to be a hoax), which in 1964 resulted in President Johnson’s carte blanche from Congress to expand the war in North Vietnam. Or evidence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction presented by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Security Council of the UN (later found to be false by Powell himself), which in 2003 allowed President Bush to have an open licence from Congress to attack and occupy Iraq.

No matter whether, in 2024 or later, some declassified document emerges saying the plane was intentionally shot down in 2014 by a battery of Russian-built Sa-11s, deployed a few days earlier by Kiev armed forces at the edge of the territory controlled by the rebels, a war zone from which civilian flights were strangely not prohibited. And that the entire operation was organized by the secret services of the United States. The important thing is the result of today: the charge claiming Russia would be responsible for the Malay aircraft destruction (which would be suicidal for Moscow) allows President Obama to have carte blanche from Congress to extend the new Cold War against Russia.

Congress has indeed adopted on July 17, the "Act to prevent Russian aggression", which guarantees to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, the status of "major allies of the United States though they are non-members of NATO, "authorizing the President to provide these countries and other Eastern countries, directly or through NATO, the greatest military and economic anti-Russian aid. [1]

Roger Lagassé

Il Manifesto (Italy)

[1] “Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014”, Voltaire Network, 1 May 2014.

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