the bells of war...
The bells of war do not toll for anyone in particular anymore. Too many people are dying to toll for. There is a foreboding emotion in events still unfolding and the history of war is longer than we can remember. As everyone (the US) and his dog (Abbott) is now blaming Russia for what is happening is Ukraine, we have to ask the question. Is the situation going to improve with such blame or carry on for another 20 years until an agreement for "peace", whatever that is, is signed.
I would venture to say that the capitalist neo-fascist leaders of the west know that the tragedy of MH17 is actually reinforcing the resolve and the standing of the Russian side of politics, though it has gone quieter. This is why every media organisations attached to the capitalist neo-fascists and all the representatives of the west are piling up crap against Russia, while cajoling to Ukraine... It's not done for simple humanitarian reasons. It's done because Russia has been deemed to be evil long ago for having resisted capitulation and not becoming a slave of the west when the Soviet Union collapsed. And there is money to be made, well may be not now, but in 30 years time, from the relationship with Ukraine...
Not only the capitalists are driven neo-fascists, they are also enlightened by religious fervour. And what a way for political figures but to be at the service for the dead. My very simplistic view is that should there be a religious service to honour the dead, it should not be with political figures... A separate secular political service should be held, with no godly bells, but true human sorrow.
To me, the mixing of tragedy and politics is always insensitive. It is clear that the shooting down of MH17 was an accident, in a war zone, where people are still at war.
Yes there are Ukrainian-Russians at war with the Ukrainian government. It's a fact. We can call them terrorists or whatever, they are at war against a central government which does not represent their values and that has, to say the least, committed atrocities in reciprocated kind.
Nothing will stop this conflict unless we come to term with the ethnicity of Ukraine. And it's not baddies against baddies like the description of our little Turd-in-Chief about the conflict in Syria. Nor goodies versus baddies in Gaza. The simplification of conflicts into slogan does not help. Blaming Russia for MH17 is not going to help either. Nor placing the blame on an airline which should not have been sending plane in this air space. Nor blaming Kiev for wanting to make a few extra bucks by selectively banning civilian planes below 32,000 feet...
The treatment of the dead in a war zone is rarely delicately done. To some extend, it's quite extraordinary that the Western media be allowed so close to the site of the tragedy.
So, the Russians supplied rockets to the separatists. And? Contrary to what John Kerry is dancing about, this does not make the Russians "complicit" in the downing of MH17. Or did the Russians supply the rockets? Could these rockets have come from Ukraine's own stores of armament, looted by the rebels? Most of Ukraine's armament would be of Russian origins. And, should we trust the "videos of rocket launchers being moved"? Such video could come from Kiev's own military exercises for all we know.
And who supplies the armament, planes, tanks or the cash, used by Israel to savage Gaza?
Who supplies the armament to Isis?
There is enough armament flotsam and jetsam —new and second-hand — around the world to have much bigger conflicts to the end of eternity or humanity whichever comes first, without running out of bullets. But the biggest weapon is our own idiosyncratic hypocrisy — our ability to all be psychopath with excuses and glorification to cover our own atrocities...
So, What are the options?... More sabre-rattling until this Ukrainian conflict escalate into an international war that would also include the Chinese? We know that campaigns against Russia have been doomed in the past. Same in Afghanistan, where basically Kabul is the only "safe" place in that country.
Or like in Yugoslavia, the country gets split along majority ethnic lines? Unless the Ukrainian government crushes the opposition, which would be unlikely, because it would require the Russians to abandon their own kind in Ukraine. Unless both sides agree to stop fighting with no resolution, but a tense ceasefire... And...
Ukraine will resist the idea of a split forever after, unless it gets pressured by the West, possibly for the best of all, but would the west be prepared to give up part of its bone, as the killing goes on... This would be a shorter uneasy solution but which does not need to drag on, though most people are angry and need to save face...
The capitalist neo-fascists, us, the "good guys", have created a difficult situation with a subtle but forceful conquest by cash and dare I say, corruption of another kind, in a country where corruption might have been rampant already. Even in Australia, we get corruption of all kind, financial, political and religious. When ideologies and ethnicity are threatened beyond a certain point, the reactions are not always pretty. Actually, never pretty.
As the USA and its five-eyes allies duplicitously spy on the rest of the world — in "self-protection", commercial and political interest — and on itself as well, as Russia makes a financial pact with China, India, Brazil and South-Africa, and as the USA owes more than twenty trillions dollars to the rest of the world and Russia owes three quarters of a peanuts, while China owns more of the US debt than ever, "sanctions" are a funny way to achieve an outcome. They are more decorations to our self-esteem than an efficient way to deal with such a problem, while the west is ready to embed its teeth in Ukraine like a dog having dug for a bone...
There would be more results by showing friendship in these difficult times and co-operation without thinking of robbery. Help is better than threats. Or is it?
We always choose biffo, don't we?
Meanwhile, most of this would not make any sense to the families — still in shock — of the dead.
Your local war expert.