This year marks the sixth anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 that took the lives of 298 people. Before I proceed any further let me assure you my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of those who were brutally murdered — many of them children.

For the past six years, I have done some extensive research on that tragic event. I feel positive this would help in the determination of who shot down that plane and why. There were many Australians on board that flight and the Australian prime minister was among the very first world leader to publicly connect the shoot-down to Russia. The whole world knows that it was brought down by a surface-to-air missile and everyone points an accusing finger at Russia. Why is Russia always the villain?

Ukraine is a corrupt, failed Fascist state. What in heaven’s name did the European Union want anything to do with that country? With the fall of Communism, it was expressly agreed that the West would not encroach — not even an inch toward Russia. However, with the passing years and the expansion of NATO and the E.U. the West was determined to do just that and offered an incredible deal to the Ukraine. Putin countered with an offer and Ukraine decided to go with the Russians. This did not sit well with the West in spite of the fact that the United Nations guarantees every country the right to self determination. The result was the West became involved with a bloody coup that resulted in the loss of many lives. The West was warned against it and the response from the West was prompt, clear and precise: “F–K the E.U.”

Putin, the Arctic Fox, responded just as swiftly. He annexed Crimea before Ukraine could join NATO knowing fully well that any attack on any one country would be an attack on all members. To this day, nobody is pointing any accusing finger at those responsible for that western backed coup.

Back to MH 17. It was brought down by a Russian surface-to-air missile launcher. Russia had admitted that particular launcher was obsolete and no longer in use by the Russian Armed Forces. So what gives?

After the break up of the USSR, nuclear weapons and other military hardware lay scattered across former Soviet Republics. The largest number was in Ukraine. It was therefore imperative to assure that the demise of the Soviet Union did not increase the number of nuclear armed states. Washington brokered with Kiev and Moscow the terms under which Ukraine agreed to eliminate the strategic missiles, missile solos, bombers and other weapons on its soil and transfer all of them to Russia for disassembly. In December 1994, Ukraine, Russia, Britain and the U.S.A. signed the Budapest Memorandum to provide security assurances on condition Ukraine will commit itself to eliminating nuclear weapons from its territory within a specific period of time and will remain a NON- NUCLEAR state. It was not a formal treaty but rather a diplomatic document under which signatories made promises to each other as part of the denuclearization of the former Soviet Republics.

The Soviet Union, a former and formidable adversary was now no more. America had won the Cold War that left it as the sole, supreme global superpower. Its main objective was not just the victory over the Soviet Union but also to prevent offensive weapons falling into the hands of unpredictable, corrupt Fascist states. It therefore boggles the mind that a western backed coup would violently overthrow a duly elected president of Ukraine and usher in the violence and tragedy that now prevails in that country.

All the promises of Security the West had made did not materialize. Putin had annexed Crimea. Eastern Ukraine was in a turmoil with Russian speaking rebels violently demanding to join Russia. Putin was sitting pretty. There was no motive whatsoever to shoot down a commercial jetliner. Putin knew very well it would be such a folly as it would only bring the temple down on his own head. And as the accusations and finger pointing goes on, no mention is made of the fact that Putin was returning home from an international conference on that same day and about the same time. His flight may have been miles away but that does not mean that the Ukrainians with their deep-rooted historic contempt, scorn and decades-old hatred of Russia for their deliberate starvation of four million of their people before World War II did not make a blind, rash and hateful decision. Isn’t it possible that the Ukrainians mistook the blip on the screen for Putin’s Plane?

About the Author
Originally from Mumbai, India. Studied, trained and worked in Mumbai, Munich, Germany and Toronto, Canada. For many years, Leslie owned and operated a printing company where he printed everything, except money! Currently retired. Married with four children (four too many.)
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