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The antidote to insularity

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Yesterday was the anniversary of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, and if you read any of the mainstream media’s reporting, you probably reached the conclusion that a consensus is forming: that flight MH17 was shot down by Russian-backed rebels. You might also have been shocked by the latest video to emerge of the tragedy’s aftermath, in which pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels scrabble through the wreckage with anything but good intentions.

But the story that Ukrainian rebels shot down MH17 is false. Despite all the media reporting it, it has zero basis in fact. Of all the mainstream media coverage I reviewed, only one publisher, The Daily Beast, had a story with its facts right: Russia shot down MH17. And that story was written by outside contributors Michael Weiss and James Miller, editors of The Interpreter, an online magazine published by Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s foundation.

The only role Ukrainian rebels appear to have played in the shooting down of MH17 was to drive and provide security to the truck that transported the anti-aircraft system from the Russian border to the area from where the missile was launched. All available evidence points to active-duty Russian military personnel firing the fatal missile at MH17.

There is strong evidence that a crew of two Russian officers were manning the anti-aircraft system used to shoot down MH17 at the time it was shot down. That’s only logical, given that the system can only be operated by trained personnel, and there was little opportunity to train Ukrainian rebels how to use it.

(More here.)


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