The Daily Mail reports that “The missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago was fired by a Russian military unit, investigators declared today.” This probably isn’t much of a surprise to anyone except a tiny handful of people who still believe the Moscow party line on almost anything.
“Flight MH17 was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia when it was shot down by a BUK missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 … [the report adds, and] … All 298 passengers and crew, which included mainly Dutch citizens but also Britons, Malaysians and Australians, were killed in the disaster.”
Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen told the media that “The missile was fired by a Russian anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the city of Kursk, near the Ukrainian border.”
The CBC News report says that “An international team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, the clearest link yet published by the team to the involvement of Russian military in the deadly missile strike … [and] … Prosecutors said they have presented their findings to Moscow and are seeking answers, but so far have not received a response. The international team running the criminal investigation appealed for help from witnesses who can testify about the involvement of the Russian military’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the city of Kursk.” The Russians, of course, continue to deny that they had any involvement but, as I said above, only a tiny, deluded minority still believes anything Putin says.
The evidence seems nearly incontrovertible that Russia shot down Flight MH-17 and then mounted a massive disinformation campaign to cover it up because to admit the truth would require Russia to admit that it has invaded Ukraine ~ an act of aggression that is criminal. But that’s how the world is in 2018; Russian lies, aggression and murder will be exposed but the US led West will let it slide because …
I don’t know why we, the US led West in particular, let Russia get away with murder, quite literally. I cannot believe that anyone is afraid of Russia’s military might … yes they have a nuclear arsenal but Putin and his generals know, with absolute certainty, that even with massive surprise they can never defeat the West militarily. They might score a few early successes but after a few years of war (not 14, like Afghanistan) Russia will be a shattered remnant of its former self ~ a little state of Muscovy, resembling that which existed in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries … the Western marches (Belarus and so on) will be German ‘protectorates’ and the East, everything past the Urals, will be in China’s sphere of influence. So we cannot be afraid of Putin’s armies. What do we fear? Why are we so reluctant to stand up to Putin and kick his butt out of, for example, Syria and Ukraine? I don’t know; it puzzles me. Perhaps its just that we can ‘tolerate’ his antics more that we think his active enmity might cost us.