by Nick Hubble / on July 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm
in Global Economy
Today, it’s all about Russia and Putin again. The Western press is full of condemnation and puffery from pollies around the Western world. Which seems a little odd to us. Who created the mess in Ukraine again? Was it Russia that supported the take down of the government in the Ukraine? Not to mention Syria, Iraq, Libya…
For some reason, it remains a surprise that supporting instability in a country leads to instability. But to blame that instability on someone else is a matter, of course, for the US and those pandering to its will. One journalist in today’s Australian Financial Review even called the mess in Ukraine ‘Russia’s quasi-war’.
Let’s rewind history a little and begin the story a few months before today’s papers do.
The EU and US went ahead and backed a revolution in Ukraine. Well, actually the Americans largely decided to go it alone after one of their diplomats was caught saying ‘F*** the EU’. Nationalists took over in Kiev. Russia fought back by supporting its own nationalists in the eastern part of the country.
Since then, the US and EU supported government has killed 250 people in the breakaway region, including 20 in a bombing raid the day after the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight, according to an article by former US politician Ron Paul. Most were civilians, but the US and EU support the effort. A US government spokesperson even called the attacks ‘measured’!
The evidence for Russia’s involvement in the attack comes from YouTube videos. Well, the politicians just skip past mentioning any evidence. But that’s the only supporting information anyone can find to back up the accusations of Barack Obama and his cronies. YouTube videos of rocket launchers, black boxes found by separatists and the appalling state of the crash site.
As with the chemical weapons attacks in Syria and the WMDs in Iraq, one by one, this evidence is discredited. Of course, relying on YouTube, which Edward Snowden showed is probably manipulated by Western governments, is pathetic in the first place.
So far the video of the rocket launcher supposedly used to shoot down the flight turned out to be outdated…and it was in the wrong place too. Not to mention that the Ukraine owns their own set of the same missiles, which were being moved around according to Russian intelligence images, despite the fact that the Russian separatists have no aircraft to shoot down. The black boxes that Russian separatists are supposedly delivering to Moscow, according to Western media, are also being delivered to Malaysia at the same time according to the Malaysian PM.
And now Russia is coming up with counter evidence. It calls into question a bundle of assumptions made by the West and adds a decent list of alternative possibilities for what happened. It’s probably just as dodgy, but at least Russia isn’t relying on social media to make its case.
Oh wait, it is. A mystery Spanish air traffic controller working in Ukraine supposedly tweeted that Ukrainian jets shot down the flight after the Ukrainian military took over the air traffic control system. Pepe Escobar has an amusing summary here.
Having been in Spain recently, it wouldn’t surprise us if the Spanish air traffic controller was entirely to blame for the whole thing. He seems to have disappeared since.
Only the Chinese seem to be keeping a clear head. Their media are pointing out what Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Ms Marple would. In the end, Russia and its supporters have nothing to gain from attacking civilians. Russia and Putin were winning the propaganda war over Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and America’s other messes until recently. Many political commentators were lambasted in the Western media for pointing this out before the plane was shot down.
The Ukrainians and the West have a lot to gain from an attack. Well, the politicians do. Nobody outside the political sphere does.
But still, it’s all Putin’s fault if you ask the Western politicians and their media. So he needs to secure the area for an investigation. So says a new UN Security Council resolution put forward by Australia.
–Now, first of all, asking Russia to secure the evidence of its own alleged crime seems rather stupid. But more importantly, the crash site is in, you guessed it, Ukraine. As Russia’s Ambassador calls it, the ‘sovereign territory of another state’.
If we were Putin, we’d agree to the UN resolution to secure the crash site in the Ukraine… by suggesting a few Russian tank divisions could do so quite nicely.
Anyway, your media and politicians are feeding you utter tripe. And, just like in Syria, it will be discredited behind closed doors and then disappear.
But why? Why is the world condemning Putin without evidence? Surely premature antagonism will prevent the truth.
What’s really at work here is a trend we predicted more than three and a half years ago in our speech at the After America conference. Politicians don’t actually care about the shot down plane. Well, they care about the opportunity to promote their career far more. They want to be on page one no matter what the topic.
So today’s message is simple: Get used to it. Geopolitical tensions will overrule economics in coming years. As China’s star journalists explained in a Global Times article, ‘Those unwilling to work with Western interests will often find themselves in a tough position.’
This leaves Australia with large economic imbalances, such as a housing bubble, but on the right side of geopolitics. We’re an economic province of China and a geopolitical province of America. Only one editor in the office has come out with a definitive call on how the two clashing forces will play out for Australia.
Of course, the typical Aussie punter couldn’t care less about geopolitics. Overseas, politics can be a matter of life, death and prosperity. Here in Australia very different matters are at hand in the political sphere. For example, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman decided to reverse a key policy after losing a by-election. He will no longer legislate for imprisoned bikies to wear pink.
That policy might just work on those Russian separatists though.
for The Daily Reckoning Australia