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Saturday, 19 July 2014

FLASHBACK: Cold War History Repeating Itself With Downed MH17

Susan Posel 

Over 30 years ago a Korean flight that was shot down by Russian military forces was used to justify the Cold War between the US and the former USSR. Today, a new flight and a new scenario nearly mirrors exactly the plotline developed over a generation ago – perhaps to justify another Cold War yet to come.

Reports have been flooding the internet regarding Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was “flying through open airspace” at the time it crashed – or was shot down; depending on which report is to be believed.

Apparent leaked telephone conversations in initial reports about the downed plane claimed that “rebels” were responsible for the “surface-to-air attack on” MH17.

In the media the tragedy is being blamed on Russian military forces based on a comment made by Commander Igor Bezler who allegedly stated “his crew had shot down a plane, and that bodies were falling onto the ground some distance from the actual plane debris.”

However, this report is hearsay because Bezler was actually recounting a version of the story relayed to him by someone unidentified person at the scene because Belzer had not seen the wreckage first hand at the time of the interview.

Journalist Noah Sneider tweeted : “At crash site of #MH17. Bodies everywhere, organs splayed out. Too gruesome to post photographs. This is an absolute disaster.”

More anonymous claims in initial reports say “the plane exploded mid-air” which lends to the story formulating that somehow Russian military forces shot down MH17.

According to US media, unnamed US intelligence officials “confirmed” that MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; however there is apparent debate over whether or not the “shot” was fired by Russia or the Ukraine.

Senator John McCain, member of the Council for National Policy and co-author of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, threatened there would be “incredible repercussions” if Russian forces or pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine shot down the Malaysian flight.

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