Monday, July 21, 2014

Larry Wilkerson on Malaysian Aircraft Disaster a "dangerous moment"

Larry Wilkerson: Why weren't commercial flights banned over an area where aircraft had already been shot down?

Democracy and Class Struggle says the bourgeois rational realpolitik of Larry Wilkerson verses the dangerous irrationalism of John MacCain.

While Democracy  and Class Struggle does not know who downed the Malaysian  Aircraft we would like to draw attention to a previous incident where the Ukrainian military downed a civilian aircraft and denied it - only to admit it later.This incident gets no mention in Russophobic western media.

 Perhaps the strangest precedent for the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine is a shoot-down in 2001 caused by military forces in … Ukraine. On October 4, 2001, 64 Siberia Airlines passengers and 12 crew members onboard a Soviet-made Tupolev Tu-154 en route from Novosibirsk to Tel Aviv were killed when the plane was shot down over the Black Sea by a Ukrainian missile.

It took a while for Ukraine to admit that was what had happened, but after pressure from Russian investigators, Ukraine's then-president, Leonid Kuchma, accepted that the Ukrainian military was at fault. The day of the shoot-down, the Ukrainian military was conducting a massive military exercise which involved shooting 23 missiles at drones. "Experts say that the radar-guided S-200, among the farthest-flying and most capable antiaircraft missile in the arsenal of former Soviet nations, simply locked onto the Russian airliner after it raced past the destroyed drone some 20 miles off the Crimean coast," the New York Times' Michael Wines reported.

Kuchma accepted the resignation of his Minister of Defense, Oleksandr Kuzmuk, following the admission that the military was at fault. From 2003 to 2005, Ukraine paid $15.6 million to families of victims following a deal with the government of Israel.

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