Robert Parry, top US investigative journalist who helped break the IranContra Scandal under Ronald Reagan and many other irregularities in top political reporting continues to demonstrate that the Malaysian Airlines was a "false flag" operation. It makes perfect sense that neither Ukraine or Washington have been willing to give crucial evidence of 1) air control reports on that fateful day nor US satellite information over the area which was definitely tracking the area. On day one, an air control report surfaced and was immediately evaporated as was the controller who gave it. Later Washington half admitted that it wasn't Russia that shot down the plane, yet still the sum total of accusations is that Russia was somehow involved in killing the 298 passengers. All Western onlookers still blame Russia, and this is the hook on which the "damn Russia" policy has since hung––the literal event that turned Europe against Russia.
In the following report, Parry takes us into another such false flag which took America into the scourge of Vietnam where we lost 50,000 young men––and the Vietnamese lost over a million men,women and children. A series of other false flags have existed which took America into incursions in addition to the disastrous supposed WMDs that took us into Iraq. What must we do to hold short-term policy makers (and their media outlets) responsible for what we Americans end up causing and paying for???? If you have solutions, please send them to me.
Exclusive: In 1964, the Tonkin Gulf incident was used to justify the Vietnam War although U.S. intelligence quickly knew the facts were not what the U.S. government claimed. Now, the MH-17 case is being exploited to justify a new Cold War as U.S. intelligence again is silent about what it knows, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
One year ago, the world experienced what could become the Tonkin Gulf incident of World War III, the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. As with the dubious naval clash off the coast of North Vietnam in 1964, which helped launch the Vietnam War, U.S. officials quickly seized on the MH-17 crash for its emotional and propaganda appeal – and used it to ratchet up tensions against Russia.
Shocked at the thought of 298 innocent people plunging to their deaths from 33,000 feet last July 17, the world recoiled in horror, a fury that was then focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Putin’s face emblazoned on magazine covers, the European Union got in line behind the U.S.-backed coup regime in Ukraine and endorsed economic sanctions to punish Russia.
Russian-made Buk anti-missile battery.
In the year that has followed, the U.S. government has continued to escalate tensions with Russia, supporting the Ukrainian regime in its brutal “anti-terrorism operation” that has slaughtered thousands of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine. The authorities in Kiev have even dispatched neo-Nazi and ultranationalist militias, supported by jihadists called “brothers” of the Islamic State, to act as the tip of the spear. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine Merges Nazis and Islamists.”]
Raising world tensions even further, the Russians have made clear that they will not allow the ethnic Russian resistance to be annihilated, setting the stage for a potential escalation of hostilities and even a possible nuclear showdown between the United States and Russia.