The Kangaroo and the (Koala) Bear
As per usual, the MSM and Western politicians in general even now are engaging in imperially inspired geopolitical posturing and point scoring without burdening themselves with all the facts related to this tragedy, with our very own PM Mr Abbott at one stage leading the lynch-mob. On this point I have a feeling that prior to the G20 Summit, Mr Putin pre-empted Mr Abbott's "shirt-fronting" threat and in order to firmly put him in his place, 'b*tch-slapped' our PM during a phone call in the lead-up to the event.
Which is to say Mr Abbott's earlier 'Bolshie' 'tude towards The Main Bear was subsequently more restrained than the "shirt-front" comment had earlier suggested it would be. When the time came for their G20 meet 'n greet, Mr Abbott even shared a photo-op with Mr Putin [with] each leader affectionately (ahem) 'shirt-fronting' (only) a koala bear. That the iconic Aussie marsupial was decidedly smaller and somewhat less imposing than its distant, yet equally iconic Russian cousin was something to contemplate to be sure, the unintended metaphorical import of which -- especially given the backdrop -- apparently escaping even the more astute of our political observers.
If so this more measured response possibly indicated our sometimes 'excitable boy' PM may have decided he'd overstepped the diplomatic mark. Inflaming the situation in the name of political expediency or diplomatic one-upmanship -- or as appears more likely in this case, in sycophantic support of a self serving agenda upon the part of the U.S. -- is rarely helpful in these matters. Rather than acting in their interests, it insults and demeans the memory of those who died. For those playing this shameful game, it marks one out as just another cynical and opportunistic politician, the kind considered folk just love to hate.
On the other hand Mr Putin has shown great patience in his responses to the sheer hypocrisy, arrogance and double standards synonymous with the U.S. and NATO MO, whose regime change machinations in the Ukraine from the get go, along with its relentless encirclement of Russia and encroachment on its sphere of influence ever since the collapse of the USSR -- thereby reneging on an agreement between the two countries at the time no to do so -- is something that the U.S. itself would never, ever tolerate if the boots on the ground were on the other foot. Cuban Missile Crisis anyone? And this is without any discussion regarding the earlier Crimean situation that had already mightily strained relations between the two countries, and tested the Russians' forbearance in such matters.
Moreover, the punitive and deliberately provocative economic sanctions imposed on Russia are grossly unjustified and a singular threat to political and economic stability in the region and beyond. For such sanctions -- it has to be noted, an act of war no less -- to be imposed whilst the jury is still out on MH17 is a disgraceful violation of international law and an affront to common sense diplomacy in international relations. It is a singular embarrassment to many Australians that we have so readily acquiesced to Washington in imposing our own sanctions on Russia.
As it is, there is equally as much evidence that the Ukrainian regime was responsible itself, or at the very least Kiev knows more about this tragic incident than they are letting on. And if they do, so does the regime's 'organ grinders' in Washington. In this respect Robert Parry of Consortium News just recently outlined how the Potomac 'perception managers' -- the empire's 'Praetorian (body)guard of liars' -- have grossly distorted the public's understanding of the MH17 shoot down and the broader Ukraine conflict. He also explains how Washington has fostered a groupthink reaction towards Russian foreign policy in the process. This is of course one of those rare things the Beltway 'bandidos' are very good at -- not so much 'black ops' as 'black props'.
And whilst an in depth discussion goes beyond the scope of this article, for those attempting to get a clearer picture on what happened -- including whether it was an accident or not -- Julie Levesque's Global Research article is a 'page turner'. Whilst this piece was penned only a few weeks after the tragedy, it's notable that few of these questions were considered much less canvassed by the MSM at the time or since, and fewer have been answered even at this point. It is however still a good starting point for anyone wanting to assess the reality of the tragedy for themselves rather than rely on the servile hacks at traditional news outlets or the venal "perception managers" and assorted 'merchants of doubt'.
The Propaganda Pirates of the Potomac
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