Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26: Lies and damn lies

I am not familiar with the site I post below. It was sent to me by a reader - and I send it on because it shows a high degree of experience in military matters, and it is the only credible explanation I have ever seen of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 that was shot down over Ukraine, with the killing of all aboard.

This happened over a year ago. Scientific experts have been examining the wreckage for a year, and say that they have not yet determined the cause of the crash. I cannot believe that. There was a photo that appeared even in the Irving press. It showed lines of parallel rows of machine gun (or possibly 20mm) aircraft fire. There can be no  doubt whatever about that.

One also wonders why the airline would have directed a civilian flight to pass over a war zone - Ukraine. It was flying over territory held by Russo-rebels against the Kyev government. But it is not possible the aircraft was hit by ground fire. The bullet holes are on the upper part of the wing and the side of the fuselage. Bullets fired from the ground would have had to shoot higher than such guns have ever shot, would have had to pass the plane, then would have had to turn down to plunge into the wing. Not possible.

No. The shooting came from an aircraft.

Obama, as soon as it happened, announced the airliner had been shot down by Russian rebels on the ground. That's not possible. And, if, a year later, experts can't decide how it was shot down, how come Obama, on the other side of the world, could tell immediately how it was shot down, and who did it?

In fact, the American government has never presented any evidence for its accusation. The site below is the only credible explanation of that mass murder I have ever seen.

Would the American government do such a thing? Yes, it would, and without a second thought. It has already done such a thing at least twice, both little reported. Some years ago, an American warship in the Meditteranean shot down an Iranian civil airliner, killing all aboard. Not long after, it hired a Cuban exile to blow up a  Cuban civil airliner. That man was protected from any prosecution and, last I heard, was living in Florida.

Why would the U.S. government do such a thing? Well, in the case of the Malayasian airliner, we can start with Pearl Harbour. Why did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbour in 1941? The official explanation to this day is that the Japanese were evil and treacherous, and that Pearl Harbour would go down in history as an evil and treacherous act for no reason at all. And that is the way it has gone down in school history texts. And it's not true.

The Japanese were certainly cruel in war. However, I  have never heard of countries that were not cruel in war. Cruelty is sort of the general idea in war. But, the Japanese knew that attacking Pearl Harbour was a desparate throw of the dice. So why did they do it?

They did it because the U.S.  (illegally) placed an embargo on all shipments of oil to Japan, from any country. Japan could not possibly accept that. It had no oil resources of its own. And, without oil, it could not maintain its attack on China, or even maintain normal, civil life in Japan. Lack of oil was probably the biggest, single factor in the 1945 defeats of Germany and Japan.

So why did the U.S. put an embargo on Japanese oil? To  help China? Not likely. The U.S. was in bed with Chiang-kai Shek, a murderous dictator of China. It didn't want Japan to conquer China because US business wanted to conquer China for its own profit, and the collapse of the European powers was its big chance to get control of the Chinese market.

In short, President Roosevelt wanted Japan to give him an excuse to declare war on it, something the American people would accept.  That's standard practice all over the world. That's why national history books for the schools of just about every country will tell you they never started a war on anybody. No. It was the other side that attacked them. Every time. So it is that the U.S. has gone to war, often without declaring it, well over 200 times. But never once did the U.S. start it. In fact, Obama announced just yesterday that Venezuela is a threat to the U.S. Yep. Just another of those small and poor countries that are forever threatening the U.S. Just like Haiti and Costa Rica and Yemen and Vietnam and Iraq. They just won't leave the poor U.S. alone.  Bullies. That's what they are.

The other excuse, used by both Britain and U.S. - and many others - is God.

As Kipling wrote, it was God's will for Britain to bring Christianity to Africa and Asia, and God's will that justified it to murder and loot in both. And Kipling embraced the U.S. for its religious mission in invading the Philippines to murder and torture until the people of the Philippines would become as civilized as the U.S.  Check out Kipling's poem
"Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
"Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!"

This philosophy has long been supported by the churches. In the U.S. it's very strong among funadmentalist Protestants who are great admirers of the concept of American Exceptionalim - meaning the destiny of the U.S. to rule the world.

So - it's quite possible, even likely, that the shooting down of that Malaysian airliner was engineered by the U.S. That's why it was told to fly over a war zone. That's why those people died. That's why Obama immediately announed Russian-Ukrainians had done it. This was the Pearl Harbour he needed to justify a war on Russia.

And why didn't the war happen?

It's possible that the American military (wisely) is not so enthusiastic about a war with Russia.
As you might guess from all the above, there's nothing much in the Irving press to talk about - or even to read.

There is one, excellent world news story on B4. It's starts with the much-reported ISIS destruction of ancient sites. What makes this story better than the others is that in the others it's presented as though this sort of behaviour was committed only by ISIS - or even just by Muslims. For a change, this one has some eye-openers about the destruction and/or looting of historic sites by all sorts of people - including prominent Christians.

There's another good story - but with a bad headline - at the top of B1. The headline is a hymn of praise to the Energy East Pipeline. But the story is different - though you have to read the whole thing to get that. In particular, the story says that the environmental problems are nowhere close to being settled - and that even if the deal goes through, it won't mean all that much to New Brunswick.

Headline writing is not really difficult. But it does require a modicum of intelligence - and honesty
There's really not much to talk about in Section A, and the opinion and  commentaries are severely local and bellty-button gazing. In that category, but still well worth reading, is a commentary on affordable housing in New Brunswick by Sue Calhoun who is with the Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee.

Otherwise, both local and world news are hidden under piles of trivia. That's worrisome in both cases. Local news enables us to understand how our communities work (or don't work). Giving a huge amount of space to a story about people who buy their beer in Quebec isn't a big help.

As for the rest of the world, we have to realize that it's not far away any more. An airliner shot down a years ago could  have become a death sentence for Moncton. It still could. What is happening in the Middle East and Ukraine could mean a strong demand for more war memorials in Victoria Park.

More than ever, we need to know. More than ever we need to know the truth.

I have lots of other material. But I'll save it for tomorrow.

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