News outlets have reported that on Thursday, a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border. The Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, was reportedly bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. According to eyewitness reports, photographs, the aircraft broke up at cruising altitude (33,000 feet) and went down about 35 miles from the Ukraine’s border with Russia in the Donetsk region.
Since the breakup of the government in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists have been battling Ukrainian forces near the border with Russia in eastern Ukraine. Fighting has escalated sharply since Ukrainian forces pushed rebels out of their stronghold in the town of Slaviansk 10 days ago, and on Wednesday, President Obama announced the imposition of new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.
But what do we really know about this tragedy?
We know that a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 airliner went down in Ukraine near the Russian border, and that it did not crash, but disintegrated as it fell from 33,000 feet.
We also know that the White House, Democrats, and the establishment press have rallied to blame the Russian government for the tragedy, through their proxy war against the Ukrainian government, which has been backed by the Obama administration. Other than that…
- We have been told that there were 280 passengers and 15 crew members aboard.
- We have been told that the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
- We have been told that this missile was fired from a Russian-made launcher.
- We have been told that a pro-Moscow separatist leader boasted on Facebook at about the same time the plane went down, claiming to have downed a transport plane, but quickly deleted the post after it became clear the plane was a passenger aircraft.
- We have been told that the attack was most likely the work of Russian separatists, rather than the Russian or Ukrainian military forces.
But there are a few other things that we do know for certain…
- MH-17, the Boeing 777 airliner that went down over Ukraine is the same type of aircraft that disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March of this year.
- MH-17 was flying in airspace in which several military aircraft had been shot down in recent weeks.
- MH-370, the Boeing 777 airliner that went down over the Indian Ocean in March was never found.
- Both Boeing 777s were operated by Malaysia Airlines.
- Intelligence reports of espionage and other intrigues surrounded the disappearance of Flight MH-370.
Perhaps most importantly, the MH-17 incident has provided practical political benefits for the Obama administration, in that
- It has served to immediately refocus the press and the public from several scandals that did not bode well for the Obama administration.
- It has served to divert attention from the actions of Islamists in the Middle East, in which the Obama administration has played a major role.
- It has cast the Putin government in Russia (whose opponents are backed by the Obama administration) in a very dim light.
These observations could certainly be called the stuff of conspiracy theories – but given the character of the Obama administration and some of the developments of the last year, one might be prudent to consider even the most outlandish propositions as possibilities. After all, the actions of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were ridiculed as conspiracy theories when they were first revealed. In fact, many on the far left continue to deny that the actions these agencies took was actually taken, and the President himself continues to refer to them as “phony scandals.”
It would seem then, that any data that is presented with regard to the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 should be taken with the highest degree of suspicion.