[lbo-talk] Ukrainian responsibility for the mass murder

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Sat Jul 19 08:05:55 PDT 2014

The NYTimes this morning published an official Ukrainian government statement that constituted an admission of total responsibility for the crime. The official admitted that the government's authorization of passenger air travel over a war zone being bombarded by Ukrainian government aircraft was made in full knowledge ("we know for sure") that insurgent air-defense batteries were capable of reaching above 10,000 meters and that government aircraft were operating at those heights.

Whatever else may be true about the conflict in the Ukraine (and not much out of there seems worthy of belief) it is impossible not to see the routing of passenger aircraft over a zone in which it was carrying out aggressive aerial military operations as a criminal provocation designed to make possible, and even likely, exactly such a catastrophe as in fact occurred.

' Vitaly Nayda, the head of counterintelligence for the Ukrainian State Security Service, said at a news conference...that the rebels knew they were aiming at a plane flying above 10,000 meters, or 32,800 feet. While this is in the range of a passenger jet’s normal cruising altitude, he also said that Ukrainian military aircraft sometimes fly that high. “There is no doubt that terrorists knew that they had launched a missile against a plane that was higher than 10,000 meters,” Mr. Nayda said, adding, “We know for sure that the terrorists have the plan to shoot down every military plane, every military plane, even cargo plane, every helicopter, in the air over Donetsk and Luhansk regions.” '

Shane Mage

"Thunderbolt steers all things." Herakleitos of Ephesos, fr. 64

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