Much of what we have seen with respect to Putin was predictable shortly after the people of Ukraine rejected being forced back into Russia’s evil enduring embrace by going out to protest on late November 2013 in the Maidan (Independence Square) as the cold Siberian winds of winter descended on Kyiv. This people’s protest objected to their president Victor Yanukovych’s rejection of the European Union in favor of a stifling, suffocating, enslavement deal with Russia. They protested through the winter with hundreds of thousands standing in the cold demanding they not be put back under the embrace of a nation where protests like the one they were involved in were forbidden and all the media is controlled by one person.
It was obvious to me last Friday that a Russian fired the missile that took down the plane. I was wrong when I suggested it came from just over the border on the Russia side; it seems now that it came from just over the border on the Ukrainian side.
Media reports indicate that the truck carrying the missile had come into Ukraine earlier that day (some suggest up to three trucks with missiles came in from Russia). It was seen leaving Ukraine and going back into Russia after it launched its attack. Intercepts of communications showed the Russian commanders in Russia were intricately involved in the attack.
Just about the time of the attack Putin was on the phone with Obama complaining about the new sanctions Obama had placed on Russia. Putin mentioned to Obama that a plane had gone down over Ukraine but just in passing so Obama apparently didn’t inquire further.
Freedom of speech also means freedom to lie. No one does it better than Putin and the Russians. There’s a Russian TV station called RT, which was formerly called Russia Today. It reports the news in English that is given to the people of Russia. It is the official mouthpiece for Putin.
Any nation with a modicum of decency would spell out what happened to Malaysian Air Flight MH17 which was downed over Ukraine by Russians acting on behalf of Putin who is attempting to take Eastern Ukraine into Russia. “It was an accident,” the nation would declare. “We, or those we supported, mistakenly took the civilian airliner for a military plane. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the victims of our tragic error. We will do everything in our power to ameliorate anyone’s loss and will cooperate fully with an investigation being conducted.” But Russia, lacking any decency, has put out lies and covered up the evidence.
Tip of the hat to Henry who lives in a country in Europe that suffered greatly at the hands of a former empire. At times he gives me a European perspective on matters. He referred me to this site.
It is an article written by Timothy Garton Ash a professor at Oxford who met Putin back in 1994 when Putin was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia. He described him as: “a short, thickset man with a rather ratlike face.”
He tells how Putin said Russia:“had voluntarily given up “huge territories” to the former republics of the Soviet Union, including areas “which historically have always belonged to Russia.”
Putin went on to say:“Russia could not simply abandon to their fate those “25 million Russians” who now lived abroad. The world had to respect the interests of the Russian state “and of the Russian people as a great nation.”
Dan Hodges is a former Labour Party and GMB trade union official in the British Telegraph wrote about Britain’s impotence in the face of threats. He made certain observations. I suggest his comments are equally applicable to President Obama and the United States. When our closest ally falls into this type of thinking it is usually a reflection of our own.
Hodges wrote: That Tony Blair a month after 9/11 said: “This is a moment to seize. The kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux. Soon, they will settle again. Before they do, let us reorder this world around us.”
He continued: “ . . . the pieces are no longer in flux. Instead, they lie scattered over the Ukrainian countryside, or drift listlessly across a blood-stained beach in Gaza and down the dusty, battle-scarred streets of Syria and Iraq. “
President Obama spoke on Friday about the downing of the Malaysian airline in which two less than three hundred persons were murdered. It was done by a Russian missile which was fired from Russia, or right over the Ukrainian border with Russia, by Russian operatives. The plane came down in pieces over Eastern Ukraine. The scene of the carnage is spread upwards of five miles in length over Ukrainian farm land and wheat fields.
Yesterday President Obama said: “Evidence must not be tampered with. Investigators need to access the crash site”
He is doing that because as he said: “there has to be a credible international investigation into what happened.” It is clear what the president of the United States is demanding. Now to my way of thinking that is drawing a red line.
Close to 300 people (including up to 80 children) flying on vacation or business from Amsterdam to Malaysia were murdered by a Russian missile. Here’s the big problem all the nations are facing: the vehicle which launched the missile is in Russia. It is highly probably that it was launched by Russian military forces. The United States and the rest of the world has to figure out how to handle this rogue nation.
Much of the media is reporting the missile was fired by Ukrainian separatists in the civil war in Ukraine. That is wrong. First there is no civil war. It is an attack on Eastern Ukraine by Russian forces and Russian sponsored forces. The tanks, artillery and other heavy military equipment come in from Russia.
The owner of the Red Sox also is the owner of the Boston Globe. You’re probably saying to yourself so what. It’s really no big deal that the Globe’s sports department will always paint the Red Sox a rosy red, after all it is only a game, so whether it tells the story from a Red Sox perspective rather than a neutral view no one really cares because, as homers, we’re glad it is cheering for the team the same way as the rest of us even if to do so it has to distort the news to keep in the good graces of the owner.
Lately it seems that there’s more to the dual ownership than just telling us stories about the players and the outcome of the games on the field. It is that the Red Sox are more than just the team we all want to win; it’s really a business for its owner. He is using the team to make money for himself but also doing it in a less than salubrious way.
The World Cup ended yesterday with a German victory.Among those present and pictured sitting together were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. They held a meeting to discuss various issues. One was Ukraine.
Wasn’t it only a few months ago that Merkel told us Putin is off his rocker? What does that say about her now that she is cozying-up with him. Are we seeing another Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that was made by a couple of other crazies: Hitler and Stalin. Recall Germany and Russia were enemies before they became friends by dividing Poland into parts that they could eat up before they became enemies again.
What could they now be planning to divide? I’m sure they weren’t planning to divide Crimea because Putin has already gobbled that up. It is truly unimaginable to me that Merkel seems to have forgotten about Putin’s seizure of Crimea. That happened only 4 months ago. What kind of message does that send to Putin? How will that deter his lust for other areas?
Three young Israeli kids in their teens are murdered: Eyal Yifrach, 19; Naftali Fraenkel, 16; and Gilad Shaar, 16. They were known to have been hitchhiking home from a Jewish seminary where they had been studying near the town of Hebron. They were last seen getting into a car at about 10.00 pm on June 12, 2014. Their bodies were found under a pile of rocks two and a half weeks after they were last seen near the village of Halhul just north of Hebron. Some reported they had been shot.
After their disappearance a huge manhunt was conducted by Israel which resulted in 400 arrests. Israel has named two persons as the chief suspects in the murder. They are Marwan Kawasmeh and Amar Abu-Eisha who are thought to be members of Hamas, the Palestinian organization deemed a terrorist group. Both men are presently at large. Both men have previously been in Israel prisons.