Ron Paul: The other side of the Ukraine tragedy

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Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim -- even before an investigation -- that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council -- just one day after the crash!

While Western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.

They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and U.S.-supported protesters plotted the overthr ow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without U.S.-sponsored "regime change," it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.

The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.

They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets.

They will not report that the US has strongly backed the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called "measured and moderate."

They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.

They will not report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.

They will not report that the missile that apparently shot down the plane was from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that requires a good deal of training that the separatists do not have.

They will not report that the separatists in eastern Ukraine have inflicted considerable losses on the Ukrainian government in the week before the plane was downed.

Of course it is entirely possible that the Obama administration and the U.S. media has it right this time, and Russia or the separatists in eastern Ukraine either purposely or inadvertently shot down this aircraft. The real point is, it's very difficult to get accurate information so everybody engages in propaganda. At this point it would be unwise to say the Russians did it, the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it. Is it so hard to simply demand a real investigation?

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  • Excerpt from: thedailybeast.com

    Exclusive: Ukraine Asked U.S. for Tech to Counter Russia's Jet-Killers

    Last month, Ukraine quietly asked the United States and NATO for sensitive equipment to jam the radars that Russian anti-aircraft systems use to lock their missiles on planes.

    As the United States and NATO last month began to publicly acknowledge the sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft systems moving into rebel held areas of eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev asked for gear that might be used to counter those weapons.....“However, realistically this was not perceived to be a high-priority issue for the West at the time and it would have also taken time and training to get them up to speed on this.”

    The President must have been fund raising when this request was made.

  • Obama does have this one right, offer all the technical assistance and intel we can, but this was a Malaysian aircraft flying out of a Dutch airport with mostly Europeans on board. shot down over a war zone in Eurasia.

    This one is on the E.U., time to step up and start handling this stuff yourself and quit counting on the U.S. being the bully.

    Far as Rand Paul, what a maroon!

    We are demanding a real investigation but the crash site is in Soviet backed disputed territory, what does Pookie want us to do? Invade the Ukraine to gain access to the crash site? LMBO!!! You don't need be a genius to see where the U.S. forcing itself into the crash site would more than likely result in armed conflict with Russia in Russia's back yard.

    But then the followers of Ron Paul aren't exactly geniuses and that's what Pookie is counting on.

    Everything Pookie says "the media won't tell" us are things I've heard discussed numerous times in the media. I guess Pokies real issue is "the media" isn't reporting speculation, conjecture and opinion as fact. But then I guess those who follow Paul or lend Paul much of an ear regularly confuse speculation, conjecture and opinion as fact.

    I realize cable news's bread and butter is reporting opinion as fact but in this instance there is the potential to start a conflict that will change civilization. All civilization. We need to stick with fact.

    On another note, I think I know why Putin was so popular with the Right Wingers and others of that ilk. Putin doesn't think things through. Putin also has the 'my way or nothing' mentality. Both traits shared by the Wingers.

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