The End of the Russian Fairy Tale: The downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has exposed the chaos in Ukraine as a real war


So far there is no sign of shock or shame in Russia. But in truth, this tragedy offers Vladimir Putin an opportunity to get out of the messy disaster he has created in eastern Ukraine. He now has the perfect excuse to denounce the separatist movement and to cut its supplies. If he refuses, then we know that he remains profoundly dedicated to the chaos and nihilism he created in Donetsk. We can assume he intends to perpetuate it elsewhere. And if we are not prepared to fight it, we should be braced for it to spread.

Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political, and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane.   

From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov—the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought in both Chechen wars—or Vladimir Antyufeyev, the Donetsk “deputy prime minister” who led the Latvian KGB’s attempt to overthrow the independent Latvian government back in 1991.

We can’t pretend this war isn’t happening any longer, or that it doesn’t affect anyone outside of Donetsk.

With the help of local thugs, these Russian security men besieged police stations, government offices, and other symbols of political authority, in order to delegitimize the Ukrainian state. In this task, they were assisted by the Russian government and by Russia’s state-controlled mass media, both of which still constantly denigrate Ukraine and its “Nazi” government. Just in the past week, Russian reporting on Ukraine reached a new pitch of hysteria, with fake stories about the supposed crucifixion of a child and an extraordinary documentary comparing the Ukrainian army’s defense of its own country with the Rwandan genocide.   

Into this ambiguous and unstable situation, the Russians cynically funneled a stream of heavy weapons: machine guns and artillery, and eventually tanks, armed personnel carriers, and anti-aircraft missiles. In recent days, the separatist forces were openly using MANPADS, and were also boasting of having taken down large Ukrainian transport planes, clearly with Russian specialist assistance. Indeed, Strelkov on Thursday afternoon boasted online of having taken down another military plane, before realizing that the plane in question was MH17. He removed the post. In late June, several different Russian media sources published photographs of BUK anti-aircraft missiles, which they said had been captured by the separatists—though they were probably outright gifts from Russia. These posts have also been removed.

This is the context within which a surface-to-air missile was aimed at a passenger plane: A lawless environment; irregular soldiers who might not be so good at reading radar; a nihilistic disregard for human life; scorn for international norms, rules, or standards. Just for the record: There weren’t any Ukrainian government-controlled anti-aircraft missiles in eastern Ukraine, because the separatists were not flying airplanes.

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commented 2014-07-24 08:36:29 -0400 · Flag
Paul Dolan writes:

Putin He is on his way out. The sanctions are working. Energy from Russia does not come from Putin; it comes from Russia. The leadership in Russia has been scepticle of Putin for a long time. To remain in office he will have to re-active KGB tactics to silence and put his opponents away. The leadership of the country will not tollerate being lead back into Stalinism.

Give him enough rope and he will hang himself. Putin has led his country into greater isolation than it has EVER known. That is a feat he has accomplished all by himself. I give him another 8 to 12 months.

In the meantime, keep your eye on the Moscow Stock Exchange. It is on a free-fall and won´t recover until Putin is replaced with a modern-thinking leader.
commented 2014-07-19 18:49:52 -0400 · Flag
Delroi writes:

This one seems like what it is — kremlin supplied ukrainian/separatist thugs, the low-brow losers shot at something they assumed was ukrainian military (as they successfully had the day before) and brought down an innocent passenger plan instead.
commented 2014-07-19 14:52:08 -0400 · Flag
N22 writes:

Putin is truly a deadly menace to civilization, just like All his predecessors !

what a tragedy for those civilians and there families, and little Barry’s response, wait for it, Nothing but Net.