Sheer insanity: US & NATO fomenting war with Russia

Or: Johnny won’t come marching home from nuclear war

NATO Secretary General Press Point – Kiev, Ukraine, 07 August 2014

Foghy NATO presses home the point that the new meme is: ‘Our allies and partners’, meaning probable fast-tracking of Ukraine into their organization, and ‘defending’ any of the periphery nations. They are all being urged to increase their military budgets, of course: Because Russia. (And cuz war is a sincerely profitable racket, but: Shhhhhh.)

And yes, Foghy, the ‘advisors’ are already there, as likely have been boatloads of CIA and Special Ops; the equipment (called ‘non-lethal’ has arrived, as well).

Let’s see what’s going on in the Black Sea (Lithuania, Romania, joint operations with Turkey, Tweets Galore!:

Is Brussels in thrall to the Empire of Chaos (h/t: Pepe Escobar) as the EU nations are? So many carrots, so many sticks…

Let’s see, for instance, what’s up with Chuck Hegel and the Department of Defense? Ah; Operation Atlantic Resolve, America’s Continued Commitment to European Security’.

‘The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.’ A partial public list of those locations and actions and maps are on the page.

From the Secretary from Nebraska Himself, some accidental satire:

Without deep engagement in the world, America would face more conflict, not less – and on the terms of our adversaries, not on our own terms. That is why America’s commitment to its allies – in Europe and around the world – is not a burden … it’s not a luxury. But it is a necessity. And it must be unwavering.

Now some folks say that Foghy (NATO) and the US War-Making Department are getting a bit squidgy because the UN has made a few noises in objection to Kyiv bombing the shit out of civilians in the Donbass, leaving much of the area without water, electricity, medical supplies and hospitals, hundreds of thousands have fled to Russia. But not to worry; they are adding charges like crazy. Like Foghy, they are all quite sure that Russia had a hand in the downing of Maylasian Flight MH17, ’20,000 Russian troops are massed on the border’ (Kyiv claims 48,000), ready to invade Ukraine, and that Russians have been shelling Kyiv troops and paramilitary (Svoboda and Right Sektor neo-Nazis) positions. No satellite images, faked or otherwise, are available this time, nor do we know if they took note of the Russian war games that took place last week, or if they simply understand that the Novorussyans are calling for Russia to help. But just in case the latter might be so, as in: Russia comes to their defense militarily (doubtful, in my mind), we bring in Samantha Power’s warnings:

Plenty of loaded Power statements at the link, including:

‘There are international aid organizations already operating in Ukraine. They are perfectly capable of delivering any aid Russia provides without giving Russia a way to introduce more troops and arms into Ukraine. “Humanitarian assistance should be delivered by the international humanitarian organizations that have the expertise, experience, and independence to provide it.” –

But oh, my; while we were distracted, how many of us saw this? On August 4, Renee Parsons published ‘The Russia Aggression Act: Senate Bill Preps for War with Russia’ (S 2277) which she says will cost $117 billion, and is so provocative, irrational, paves the way for a first strike against Russia, that were there a serious anti-war movement in the US, its defeat should top any to-do list.

Twenty-three Senate Republicans cosponsored Bob Corker’s legislation, no Dems have, but as she says, it gives Obama massive cover for all of the items he’s already checked off the list. Even liberal darling Liz Warren, she snarls lightly. And given the Congressional calendar, it won’t be enacted any time soon. ‘Bob Corker’s legislation that seeks to prevent “further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia.” If there is any reader who believes that Russia has been the aggressor in Ukraine or elsewhere, this graphic video of civilian atrocities committed by Ukraine’s neo nazi National Guard ought to be enough to shake even the most apathetic population out of their indifference.”

Some of the items Parsons finds disturbing include (speaking of carrots ‘n sticks):

S 2277: Directs the President to submit a plan to Congress for accelerating NATO and European missile defense efforts.

Parsons: “Accelerating …missile defense efforts” confirms that additional anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs), already in Poland and the Czech Republic, will be deployed elsewhere in eastern Europe as a provision to block retaliation from Russia after a US first strike.

As if NATO needs any accelerating, on a recent European trip, the globe-trotting president assured Poland and other eastern European countries of an extra $1 billion to pay for an increased US military presence. It is no secret that eastern European leaders see Uncle Sam handouts as the gift that keeps on giving, a gravy train of empowerment – more jobs, more influence and greater prestige. While Obama softly chastised its members to “do its fair share” and “step up,” each NATO country is required to contribute 2% of its GDP to defense, most have reduced rather than increased their payment. The largesse of the US taxpayer carries 75% of the NATO budget load.

S 2277:*Directs the President to impose significantly increased sanctions if Russian armed forces have not withdrawn from the eastern border of Ukraine, or if agents of the Russian Federation do not cease actions to destabilize the control of the government of Ukraine over eastern Ukraine, and if Russian armed forces have not withdrawn from Crimea – all within seven days after enactment.

Parsons: The requirement that Russia withdraw from Crimea, a tenet of the Neanderthal School of Foreign Policy, reveals a pitiful ignorance of the 200 year history of the Crimea as part of Russia and that the Donbas in east Ukraine has been a dominant Russian-speaking industrial epicenter since the 1930’s. The US has informed the Putin government that it would not accept the legitimacy of the Crimea vote for secession to Russia with the time-honored concept of self-determination now verboten at the US State Department. (my bold)

S 2277:  * Directs the President to halt all redeployments of combat forces from Europe, and develop a plan to correct any deficiencies in the Armed Forces’ ability to respond to contingencies in Europe and Eurasia * Directs DOD to assess the capabilities and needs of the Ukrainian armed forces and authorizes the President to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

* Provides non-NATO ally status for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova for purposes of the transfer of defense articles or services as well as to increase U.S. armed forces interactions with the armed forces of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

* Secretary of State shall increase efforts, directly or through nongovernmental organizations, to improve democratic governance, transparency, accountability, rule of law, and anti-corruption efforts in the Russian Federation; strengthen democratic institutions and political and civil society organizations in the Russian Federation; expand uncensored Internet access in Russia; and expand free and unfettered access to independent media of all kinds in Russia, including through increasing United States Government-supported broadcasting activities, and to assist with the protection of journalists and civil society activists who have been targeted for free speech activities.

Parsons: ‘All of the above would be hilarious if it were not so pathetically hypocritical. Every element of ‘improving democratic governance” is sorely needed in the US but then the American government excels at pointing the finger at others and laying blame when the US itself has been guilty of exactly what it accuses others of.’

Another Really Big Clue from S2277:

*Amends the Natural Gas Act for expedited application and approval process for export to World Trade Organization members as well as urge the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Trade and Development Agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the World Bank Group, and the European Bank for Reconstruction for “promotion of US private sector participation in energy development in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova” for exploitation of natural gas and oil reserves.

Ah, yes, Parsons intones, ‘full spectrum dominance’,and links to a review of F. William Engdahl’s book by that name, describing US FP post-Soviet breakup in 1989, *not* yielding the much- touted ‘peace dividend’ promised, then links to a June, 2014 video of Sergei Glazyev, economic assistant to Russian President Vladimir Putin, laying out the current geopolitics as he sees them, including calling Ukraine ‘an occupied state’ with CIA and ‘military advisors’ ready and willing to invade the Crimea once the Donbass rebellion has been crushed. Further ratcheting up calculations with war on Russia, she writes that Star Wars (aka ABM’s designed to intercept ICBM’s but may also be used as an offensive weapon), was tested ten days ago and deployed to the Romanian Russian border. Ay yi yi.

More on historical playbooks besides Engdahl’s, that seem to be in full effect with regards to Ukraine

In her ‘America’s Recruitment of Nazis–Then and Now: or: ‘Any bastard, so long as he’s anti-communist’, Luiana Bohne culls some of Christopher Simpson’s exposé, Blowback, to provide us with some history she believes parallels our nation’s clusterfuck skullduggery vis a vis Ukraine.

“Put in the context of US foreign policy for rolling back communism since 1945, the overthrow and substitution of the elected Yanukovich government, as planned, staged, backed, and maintained in the coup’s aftermath by the US, leaps straight out of that era’s covert political warfare playbook. “Political warfare,” which the Nazis perfected, combines propaganda, sabotage, and the training of “secret armies” for “counter-insurgency operations” (which translates in practice into population control by means of terror). That play had its premiere in 1953 in the CIA-orchestrated coup in Iran (after testing some of its destabilizing techniques in the 1948 electoral campaign in Italy, where communist victory was threatened and was, in fact, thwarted by these techniques). It enjoyed a run of seventy years on the world stage. Since 1989, it has been adapted, absent the supposed communist threat, to the effort of coercing the world into serving US economic interests’.

If the reader now glimpses a remarkable similarity between the 1949 JCS proposal and today’s aggressive posture toward Russia (including use of fascist shock troops in Ukraine), the effect was intentional. As in 1949, judging by their relentlessly provocative actions, today’s planners seem to think they can win a war against Russia. Much preferred would be “regime change,” but, failing that, a short, swift, tactical nuclear war might do the job of neutralizing a country, whose leadership appears to be determined on pursuing a path of independent economic development. It has to be pointed out, therefore, that the United States does not appear to be campaigning ideologically to re-establish fascism in Europe—much does it care about Europe, as Victoria Nuland so colorfully chose to put it in her infamously intercepted exchange with Ambassador Pyatt: “F**k the EU,” so long, of course, as the EU remains submissive and coordinated with US interests. Rather than re-introducing ancient fascism in Europe, the US is recruiting, training, and deploying the Neo-Nazistic paramilitary armies as instruments in quelling the probably predicted rebellion in Donbass through terror. (As I write, today, 50-pound ballistic missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, have been dropped in the Donbass region.)’

Bohne’s piece contains a lot more geopolitical thought and writing than I can absorb, but again, you can find it here.

Want Moar Russian War Prep talk?

From Allied Command Operations, ‘DSACEUR and Senior U.S. Officials Discuss Ukraine Crisis’, including increased budgets, and moar work to be done to increase our capacity for moar…of everything military! NATO summit in September! Wales or Bust!

“Both the DSACEUR and U.S. officials stressed that European Allies have a key role to play in ensuring defence spending targets are met and that sufficient defence capabilities are retained to maintain the credibility and effectiveness of the Alliance.”

Gen. Dempsey: We’re Pulling Out Our Cold War Military Plans over Ukraine: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs compares Russia activities to Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939; State Department makes new claims, but won’t show the evidence’

Sabre-rattling or loose-cannon neo-con war plans to crush The Bear forevermore? You be the judge.

Remember:

In late-breaking developments, yesterday Russia sent a convoy of 280 trucks filled with relief supplies toward the border. They apparently worked a deal with the International Red Cross ahead of time; we don’t know the details, two IIRC spokespersons have given different statements on the deal. But now the game is afoot.

The Guardian:  Russian aid convoy ‘will not be admitted into Ukraine: Ukrainian spokesman says convoy not certified by Red Cross, raising fears that Russia could use initiative to send in troops’

“An aide to the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, said Kiev would require the aid to be reloaded onto other transport vehicles at the border by the Red Cross if it was to enter. “We will not allow any escort by the emergencies ministry of Russia or by the military. Everything will be under the control of the Ukrainian side,” the aide, Valery Chaly, said.’

The US president, Barack Obama, has said any Russian intervention without Kiev’s consent would be unacceptable and violate international law.’

(Pfffft.)

From RT: ‘The convoy of 280 trucks dispatched on Tuesday “did not pass the ICRC certification,” Andrey Lysenko said.

Presidential aide Valery Chaliy said Kiev wants the entire cargo to be unloaded on the border and transferred to Red Cross vehicles.

“We will not allow any escort of the Russian Emergencies Ministry or Russian military,” he said. “Ukraine will take responsibility for this procedure.”

Lysenko claimed that the convoy consists of repainted military trucks and is accompanied by an S-300 air defense system, according to the news agency Ukraine National News.’

‘Odessa slaughter survivors reveal their side of story in intl photo exhibit(Germany, Belgium, Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, India)

What happened to that promised ‘Peace Dividend’ after the 1989 breakup of the Soviet Union again?

(cross-posted at My.firedoglake.com)

26 responses to “Sheer insanity: US & NATO fomenting war with Russia

  1. Emperor BaracKaos and his Bushist empire squids, InDeed!

  2. man of few words, eh? and lookie how many i spent! :)

  3. can’t read it all right now.

    I will just say, that Paul Roberts has been warning for months that someone wants nuclear war.

    the real problems, fukushima, climate change, starvation, our western leaders are unconcerned.

    Russia and the Ukraine. That’s the big problem.

    It Is possible to be stupid, ignorant, blind, and insane, but appear to be rational and intelligent. Obama for instance.

  4. Well, I was hoping to be enlightened; but Rather, was nearly blinded by the Bohne; who apparently can’t see US IS ideologically effecting the rise of Nazi barbarism in the heart of Eurasia, AGAIN! Since I BELIEVE My lying eyes, I instead see a direct connection back to fascist Prescott Bush’s engagement to overthrow FDR, through Poppy’s success with JFK, down to the present couption of sons of Bushs Willy, W and Barry, having NOW overthrown the rest of US in the Fatherland and abroad. US ist der Nazis! Willful blindness apparently prevails uber Alles.

  5. i couldn’t agree more, markf, and yes: roberts has, and so has the sober stephen cohen.

  6. i hope i can read bohne’s piece more carefully later, and wish i knew more about prescott’s doings. i do remember he was an appeaser or nazi sympathizer, wasn’t he? but explain ‘poppy’s success with jfk’ if you would.

    i had a link that the nyt finally acknowledged that the us was allied with nazis, but i mislaid it on another word document.

    bad day at fdl to compete with robin williams’ suicide and ds wright just put up a ‘russia can’t deliver the humanitarian supplies’ post.

    but kyiv’s masters do seem to have blinked for now.

    “The Russian Foreign Ministry has received a note from the Ukrainian government expressing its readiness to accept the Russian humanitarian aid. The news came as Moscow agreed on the Ukrainian presence in the humanitarian convoy.

    The arrangements for the humanitarian aid convoy have been completely agreed upon, with all of Kiev’s wishes taken into account, including the route, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at a press conference in Sochi.

    “We have agreed on a route convenient for the Kiev authorities. We agreed that our trucks would have Ukrainian number plates during their way through Ukrainian territory. We also agreed to take on board not only the representatives of the Red Cross and the OSCE, but also representatives of the Ukrainian authorities,” Lavrov said.

    “The convoy has set off,” he added. “We have received a note with the confirmation of the Ukrainian side’s readiness to receive the aid.”

    The trucks are carrying food, medication and drinking water. ”
    http://rt.com/news/179820-lavrov-convoy-ukraine-agree/

  7. but wait: you say that bohne can’t see they are re-construction fascism in eurasia. have i missed some nuance? or worse? yes, she says ‘not ancient fascism’; is that it?

  8. thanks wd for that last part, and I agree bruce I can see the line from ww 2 bush right to now.

  9. the engdahl piece speaks to some of that, mafr, although, as i said, it was far too much to absorb at one brief sitting for me. but see:

    “Geopolitical Reality – America’s New Manifest Destiny, Global Expansion to the Vastness of Eurasia

    For over a century, America sought “total economic and military control over (Soviet) Russia” through the full strength of its military-industrial-security sectors – by war or other means. From 1945, the Pentagon planned a first-strike nuclear war, an “all out conventional war (called) TOTALITY (as) drafted by General Dwight Eisenhower” per Harry Truman’s order, the same man who used atomic weapons against a defeated Japan instead of accepting its requested surrender.

    With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, America’s superpower supremacy depends on “precluding Eurasian countries from developing their own defense pillars or security structures independent of US-controlled NATO,” especially to prevent a powerful China-Russia alliance capable of serious challenge, along with other Eurasian states, notably oil rich ones.

    As geopolitical strategist Halford Mackinder (1861 – 1947) observed in his most famous dictum:

    “Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;
    Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island;
    Who rules the World-Island commands the World.”

    Mackinder’s World-Island was Eurasia, all of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Early in the last century and notably post-WW II, America determined to rule even at the risk of all out nuclear war. For its part, Britain intended to stay in the game, and in April 1945, Winston Churchill urged Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin Roosevelt “to launch an immediate full-scale war against the Soviet Union, using up to 12 captured German divisions (as) cannon fodder to destroy Russia once and for all.”

    Instead, Washington invented a post-war enemy, and got Europe and Asian countries to feel threatened enough to agree to US dictates, even ones contrary to their own interests. As for America, in 1945, Truman ordered Eisenhower “to prepare secret plans for a surprise nuclear strike on some (Soviet) cities (despite knowing the Kremlin) posed no direct or immediate threat to the United States” or its close allies.”
    and into the now… shiver-inducing, even though wayoutwest believes this is a kerfuffle, and the real existential battle is in iraq. i guess i’l need to catch up; i’ve had so little time to be online for quite some time now.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/full-spectrum-dominance-totalitarian-democracy-in-the-new-world-order/14046

  10. “It has to be pointed out, therefore, that the United States does not appear to be campaigning ideologically to re-establish fascism in Europe…”

  11. Thanks wendyedavis,

    So many links and my Swiss cheese memory, I’m guessing you may have already seen the link to Pepe Escobar’s August 1, piece that eCHAN posted at Over Easy, YSD’s morning post.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-02-010814.html

    Appreciate your time in bringing all of this to our attention.

  12. i hadn’t, nonquixote, so thanks. the video he mentioned is likely the one renee parsons linked to: “this June, 2014 video
    of Sergei Glazyev, economic assistant to Russian President Vladimir Putin, laying out the current geopolitics as he sees them, including calling Ukraine ‘an occupied state’ with CIA and ‘military advisors’ ready and willing to invade the Crimea once the Donbass rebellion has been crushed. ”

    but he does seem like one smart and wary cookie. as an aside, i was disappointed once again that ysd deigned to come onto one of my ukraine posts. such an insular group, i’ll say again (save for yourownself, that is). :) she’s smart as a whip, well-read on ukraine, and yet…i dunno. wish she’d have added her two cents.

    sent ya some garden pix, but i couldn’t send file attachments for magnification if one desired) for some reason. even one would trip the overload bytes alarm. odd.

    bruce: yes, i do see, but i can accept her nuance a bit more readily than you do. reckon.

    wish i could smell more of it….

  13. bruce, it did occur to me a bit ago that many of the euro nations recently elected a whale of a lot of ‘right wing’ uber-nationalists, as well. but in the end, perhaps i don’t understand ‘ancient nazism’ well.

    ‘Death toll in Ukraine conflict doubles in 2 weeks, reaches 2,086 – UN’ (conservatively)

    http://rt.com/news/180020-ukraine-death-toll-un/

  14. at this time, in the world, the only non right wing governments are in central and south america

  15. this guy Kissinger is still around, still giving advice, which is still held in high regard.

    “In the Price of Power (1983), Seymour Hersh revealed Henry Kissinger—then Johnson’s advisor on Vietnam peace talks—secretly alerted Nixon’s staff that a truce was imminent.

    According to Hersh, Nixon “was able to get a series of messages to the Thieu government [of South Vietnam] making it clear that a Nixon presidency would have different views on peace negotiations.”

  16. seems about right, mark. think how far right the ‘socialists’ in the eu went; oy.

    interesting history from sy hersh One of the most important journalists ever, imo). at least on ukraine henry has been comparatively moderate. doesn’t detract from my loathing the bastard, though.

  17. update from the guardian on the 280-truck russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid to the donbass (or weapons, if one believes so):

    “Russian convoy stops close to Ukraine border

    A number of journalists and observers are with the convoy; the Guardian’s Shawn Walker reported:
    “The convoy of military vehicles which had been hastily repainted in white colours set off early on Thursday morning from Voronezh where they had waited for nearly 24 hours, and shortly after 3pm local time the convoy took a turn west towards Ukraine and the city of Luhansk.
    The Ukrainians had lost control of their side of the border crossing earlier this year, making it unlikely Kiev authorities would sanction a crossing at the point.
    The convoy came to a halt shortly after in a field beside the side of the road. Two military helicopters flew low overhead.
    Separately to the convoy, running along the main road, there have been frequent sightings of Russian military units, including a tank and artillery. Locals said his had been a regular sight over the last few months.”
    So the big flap now is that there never was any deal a Lavrov had reported, the Red Cross knows nothing (conflicting reports from different spokespeople, it seems), and that the Russian military has been crossing back and forth along the border for months.

    But in a spate of magnificent generosity:
    “The Ukrainian government announced on Thursday it was dispatching its own aid convoy to the region. The infrastructure minister, Maxim Burbak, said three convoys totaling 75 trucks are transporting humanitarian aid from Kiev and the cities of Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk. He said the vehicles would be carrying around 800 tons of aid, including grain, sugar and tinned food, destined eventually for Luhansk.
    Lysenko said the aid would be handed over to the Red Cross.”

    Better late than never? Only according to Hobbits. bah.

    Meanwhile, Dutch reporter Harald Doornbos reports that Ukraine is shelling the center of Donetsk, and people are running for their lives.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/14/russian-convoy-stops-close-to-ukraine-border

  18. WTF kinda Alice-in-Wonderland, rabbit hole, carrot and stick, Oceaniac doublethink rationalizes the delivery of the halfascist Nukrain Svoboda fries?!

  19. what’s happening in the Ukraine is really astounding. Absolutely no reason of any kind for all the deaths and destruction, except USA wants it.

    Maybe Obama and his allies don’t want reporters in those cities. that would happen with Russian aid. Don’t want us to see what their allies are really doing.

    pretty quiet on the plane /Russia did it side. In fact that shouting has just stopped.

    Pentagon armed Israel while Obama was negotiating a cease fire, and he didn’t approve or know about it he says. he’s mad he says.

    If this is true, I am concluding he has no power or authority. Put together with nothing on the lying to congress, etc. He’s a figurehead, a front man. explains everything he does and doesn’t do.

    any way here’s some good news

    “A British Columbia First Nation plans to issue an eviction notice to Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) — the company behind a massive tailings pond breach at a gold and copper mine last week — over a separate project in the band’s territory.

    The declaration from the Neskonlith Indian Band is the latest sign that last week’s tailings spill at the Mount Polley Mine in central B.C. could ripple across the company’s other projects and possibly the province’s entire mining industry.”

    CBC News

  20. i really will be back for these as i can. gotta bit of a hegg-ache i’m trying to quell still. but i did read that new kateCA post on the polley mine disaster.

  21. if you are in the arms business, these are great days.

    “The second strike took place just over 30 minutes later, targeting an MRAP — a heavy armoured truck of the type supplied by Washington to Iraqi forces and presumably captured by IS forces in recent months.”

    American planes bombing American made vehicles. talk about insanity.

    idea.

    just don’t make them, and pay the employees anyway.

  22. no worries, there’s more than one person can read unless you got at it non stop.

  23. hope the eviction notice takes hold.

    no plane discussions save for the alternatives to the msm narrative, no.

    but now: ‘
    ‘Dozens die as Luhansk refugee convoy hit by rocket and mortar fire
    Government and rebel forces blame each other for the attack, which has killed evacuees trying to escape the conflict’

    from aug. 15: ‘Red Cross and Ukraine border guards to check Russia aid convoy before it enters Ukrainian territory – video

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/aug/15/russia-aid-convoy-international-red-cross-border-guards-check-video

    as far as i know, kiev hasn’t given the final okey dokey, even though they’e confirmed that nothing is on the trucks but food, water, medical supplies, etc.

  24. It’s ALL BarBarack HU$$EINITY, Obombya,

  25. oh, dear. it’s far too long, bruce. you might want to do a short synopsis, and add whether or not you think the agreement/policy is still extant.

    i’d kept a few links i thought of interest, especially to some of mark’s earlier questions. sorry to drop links and run, but that’s all i have time for at the moment.

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/20/ukraine-crisis-continues-paul-craig-roberts/

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/21/russian-aid-convoy-ukraine-customs-cargo-check
    one day later, today:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/22/russian-convoy-crosses-border-ukraine-without-permission
    very interesting concerning the black boxes, control tower tapes (thought the usb had them?), though i don’t know the source at all:

    http://nsnbc.me/2014/08/14/serious-conflicts-of-interest-in-mh17-investigation-led-by-dutch-safety-board/

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