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EDITOR’S NOTE: As the indispensable Pepe Escobar suggests in this article, it’s fascinating—and highly suspicious—that news like the shot down Malaysian liner can go almost instantly from obsessive coverage to zero. But of course, the reporting on Ukraine has had the obvious stench of blatant Western propaganda from the start. All of it tendentious against Russia and its supporters. Apparently, as regards MH17, the silence curtain on the issue came down when unstoppable evidence began to crop up pointing to a false flag event staged (clumsily) by the Kiev stooges or a third as yet unidentified party. As a parallel scandal, no coverage is seen on American media of the human rights crimes committed by Kiev (“Banderastan”) as it tries to smash by force legitimate resistance in Eastern Ukraine. As we have said too many times, the media critters and the media barons, the actual puppeteers in these propaganda wars, are war criminals of the worst sort, pushing the world inexorably to oblivion. Their perfidy is almost impossible to explain to the average person, given the brainwash and ignorance the same media spread so efficiently. Hence it’s up to you, dear reader, to educate whomever you can.—PG
By Pepe Escobar
[S]o as MH370 totally vanished, the MH17 story must also totally vanish. The Dutch and the British might eventually come out and hold a high-profile press conference telling the world what His Master’s Voice finally redacted. Still, one may count on certified, residual outrage, if not puzzlement, by a large number of grieving Dutch families.
Cross-posted from Asia Times
First, passenger airliner vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by “Putin’s missile” — as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle. Where’s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted — and shot — by aliens. Now you see them, now you don’t.
Black boxes, data recorders — everything MH17 is now floating in a black void. The British are taking forever to analyze the data — and if they have already done so, they are not talking. It’s as if they were singing, I see a black box / and I want it painted black … void.
The Pentagon, with 20-20 vision over Ukraine, knows what happened. Russian intelligence not only knows what happened but offered a tantalizing glimpse of it in an official presentation, dismissed by the “West.” The best technical analyses point not to “Putin’s missile” — a BUK — but to a combination of R-60 air-to-air missile and the auto-cannon of an Su-25.
A reader led me to this fair assessment by former USAF and Boeing engineer Raymond Blohm:
“With proper vectoring, a Su-25 need not be quite as fast as a Boeing 777 in cruise. It just has to get to a missile-firing position. Since the 777 was not maneuvering, it would be simple to pre-calculate when to get in a certain spot in the sky below the 777. From there, it’s the missile that has the speed and altitude capability to hit the 777. (The R-60 is a very capable missile.) After the missile takes out an engine, both the 777’s max speed and its max altitude are well within the Su-25 fighter’s speed & altitude capabilities. Then, the Su-25 can show off its cannon power.”
Follow the engine wreckage. Follow the cockpit wreckage. Follow the motive. One cannot even imagine the tectonic geopolitical plates clashing were the Kiev regime to be deemed responsible. It would be the vanishing point for the whole — warped — notion of the Empire of Chaos’s “indispensable” exceptionalism.
So as MH370 totally vanished, the MH17 story must also totally vanish. The Dutch and the British might eventually come out and hold a high-profile press conference telling the world what His Master’s Voice finally redacted. Still, one may count on certified, residual outrage, if not puzzlement, by a large number of grieving Dutch families. And one may count on certified outrage by Malaysia as a nation. As in Why Us? And not once but twice?
Moscow, after deconstructing the “logic” of the ongoing Russia/Putin hysterical demonization, knows that whatever they say will be invalidated by the Orwellian Thought Police. Yet as much as His Master’s Voice controls what the Dutch and the British might eventually reveal, Russia can counterpunch by leaking the crucial scenario to Malaysia. And Malaysia will talk.
MH370 vanished as in a video game. MH17 was hit as in a video game. Now their respective narratives are being vanished. It’s as if we are living a tiny rehearsal of the black hypothesis of post-history.
Postmodernist star Jean-Francois Lyotard and later Flemish thinker Lieven De Cauter were the rarified few who dabbled in studying the black hypothesis. The black hypothesis is the ultimate dystopia — playing out in the cosmological time of the death of the sun, something like 4.5 billion years away. Basically this is about techno-science surviving the death of the sun and the death of humanity itself.
So MH370 may have vanished into an antechamber of the black hypothesis. But MH17 is much more prosaic; it could have been just a false flag gone wrong. Thus, under Empire of Chaos’s rules, it must also vanish. The question is whether global civil society will accept it — or has already entered its own vanishing point.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, “The Roving Eye,” is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News, the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He argues that the world has become fragmented into “stans” — we are now living an intestinal war, an undeclared global civil war. He has published three books on geopolitics, including the spectacularly-titled “Globalistan: How the Globalised World Is Dissolving Into Liquid War”. His latest book is “Obama Does Globalistan.”