New MH17 footage, one year after

Like carrion-eating hyenas, News Corp. and its peers sometimes help the ecosystem to cleanse itself. This time they’ve dug up this:

…after a 12-month pursuit, News Corp Australia has obtained new footage shot by the rebels themselves on a camcorder as they captured what they initially believed to be a Ukrainian air force fighter jet they had just shot down using a ground-to-air missile system…

The film records their dismay as they minutes later discover the aircraft is a commercial airliner.

I believe there were obvious clues to whodunit on the day of the downing, July 17, 2014 (no doubt lots of new evidence has been discovered in the past year). Within 10-15 minutes of the disaster, perhaps less, Strelkov was on Twitter (or was it VK? I don’t remember now) saying the separatists had just shot down a Ukrainian military plane, or two planes. I’m not a heavy Twitter user and I’m not on VK but like everybody else, I can read Russian news wires. They carried the same reports of a Ukrainian plane, or two planes, just downed by the separatists. They stopped and began to disappear an hour or two later.

The footage unearthed by News Corp. makes the same point with greater force.


  1. It was blindingly obvious who was responsible right from the beginning. The reason the Western powers didn’t conduct an investigation is because they knew it would produce a conclusion on which they would then have to act, and they will do absolutely anything and everything to avoid having to do that. Jake Barnes nailed this over here. So regardless of how much evidence comes to light now, even a signed confession by Putin himself wouldn’t persuade the piss-weak Western politicians to stop cowering behind the sofa.

    • I would have agreed last fall but I’m not so sure anymore. Merkel and Hollande are paying a political price for the sanctions but, surprisingly, have not budged so far. (Putin’s retaliatory embargo has hurt EU farmers, whose lobbying is capable of sinking any politician.) The sanctions are actually taking a toll on Russia’s economy, which looks headed for years of contraction. Iran’s reentry in the oil market is helping to keep oil prices low, and its gas potential is a major threat to Gazprom. The EU has finally started building gas interconnectors that will eventually destroy Gazprom’s market power, already eroded by the European commission’s antitrust action. Russia is gradually taking Iran’s place as the number one international pariah. This is starting to look like a strategy.

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