Ukraine Air Tragedy and US Cynicism

The protests by US politicians and their supporters blaming Russia for the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet have the following objectives:

  • To blame the instability and war in the east of Ukraine on Russia despite having caused it themselves, with an investment of $5 billion in a coup and the use of the fascist parties like the Right Sector.
  • To divert attention from the genocidal Israeli war on the Palestinian people in Gaza.
  • To force the EU countries, particularly Germany and France, to follow a US strategy against Russia instead of their current policy of encouraging peace talks with the east of Ukraine. (The EU not only recognises this is the only long-term solution but also that it will serve their own economic interests because of their trade with Russia.)

While in the short-term the US campaign will have limited success in the West, it will unravel quite quickly. The hypocrisy of the Western leaders is all too apparent, with their obvious double standards claiming regard for the aircraft victims while disregarding Ukrainian civilians shelled by the army on the orders of Kiev and most blatantly the plight of Palestinians from the illegal occupation and expansion of Israeli settlements, bombing of hospitals and civilian areas and cutting of water, electricity and food supplies to impose acceptance of their occupation.

Most importantly the US ambition to see the people of the East of Ukraine submit to the dictates of a Kiev government under the influence of fascist parties, which explicitly hate the Russian speakers in the East of Ukraine, is delusional. Peace in the Ukraine can only be achieved by a settlement which recognises the interests of all Ukrainians in a federation through talks involving all parties.

Whoever fired the missile that downed the passenger jet, it was clearly accidental. In war zones such accidents are all too possible as the US knows, having shot down an Iranian passenger jet. Allowing passenger aircraft in such a war zone was negligent by several bodies and this will become apparent in weeks to come. Respect for the dead from the downed plane, civilians from East Ukraine and from Palestine or Israel demands a fight for peace opposing the US and its followers in their strategy to expand and preserve their power.

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