Just days before the doomed MH17 flight, American officials were quietly voicing their agitation at European leaders’ reluctance to apply sanctions that would hit Russia’s key economic sectors.
While earlier media reports have been suggesting that the US and the European Union adopt a ‘united front’ in the ramping up of penalties on Moscow, the underlying reality was very different. EU leaders were actually telling media that they were not yet ready to go beyond existing sanctions against Russian individuals, by following Washington’s latest measures against Russia’s energy, banking and defence sectors.
It is no secret that the US considers the ‘bear’ as public enemy #1. Glasnost died a long time ago. As a consequence trust is in limited supply between these governments.
Now various Western media pundits are talking of a ‘game-changer’ with the downing of the Malaysian Boeing 777 near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The flight was most likely hit by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile while cruising at a mid-air altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) though it is more and more unlikely the full picture will ever be revealed. Not unlike Malaysian flight MH370.
There is speculation linking both flights and Malaysia in a US led false flag scenario! Of course it can be fobbed off as just another crazy conspiracy theory that always seem to envelop the U.S. However, when you start piecing things together from sketchy reports, there appear to be more questions than answers.
Let’s step back a bit. Following the Western-backed illegal coup in Ukraine on February 23, geopolitical tensions escalated further during March when the southern Crimea Peninsula voted in a referendum to join the Russian Federation. Washington and its European allies immediately launched vitriolic attacks on Russian President Vladimir Putin for what they said was an illegal annexation» of Ukrainian territory. Western media chimed in with lurid claims that Putin was the ‘new Hitler’ and that the Russian leader was trying to resurrect the old Soviet Union.
Initially, Washington and European governments threatened that they would together ratchet up trade sanctions on Russia if Moscow did not hand back Crimea and also if it did not stop (allegedly) stoking other separatist revolts in the Ukraine’s eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece and Spain have emerged as some of the main political obstacles in Europe to implementing the American tough line.
Prominent among the European commercial concerns are those of its energy companies. Royal Dutch Shell is one of the most exposed European conglomerates if Western sanctions were to be stepped up further on Russia.
If the EU were to adopt US-led sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, Royal Dutch Shell and other European giants, such as British Petroleum, stand to lose billions of dollars-worth of investments. It can be safely assumed therefore that these companies have been lobbying their respective governments to show restraint on applying sectoral sanctions.
When assessing culpability, it is not only significant to ask the criminologist’s question: who benefits? It is also significant to observe how the political and media reaction to events quickly takes on an unmistakably scripted pre-ordained formula [Murdoch presstitutes for example]. In this case, there is more than a pungent whiff of premeditated action-reaction dialectic going on.
American geopolitical interests are best served by this atrocity, by shocking a laggardly Europe into adopting its aggressive sanctions towards Russia, even though that militates against European economic concerns. Shooting down a civilian airliner would ensure blowing a decisive rift between Europe and Russia.