The Fakery of ‘The Free World’

by Eric Zuesse

13 October 2015 is the release-date of the report from the fake investigation –by the governments of Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and later Malaysia — into who and what and why caused the shoot-down of the Malaysian MH17 Boeing airliner over the conflict-zone in Ukraine on 17 July 2014. That’s the plane which, at the last moment, was inexplicably instructed by the Ukrainian Government’s Air Traffic Control to go off the normal course avoiding the Ukrainian civil war zone over the east, and to go instead right into the war-zone.

The airliner got shot down with all 298 aboard dead. Obama and his coup-installed Ukrainian Government blamed Russia immediately, and the European Union (which knew that he had actually taken Ukraine in a bloody February 2014 coup that was staged to look like a ‘revolution’) promptly caved to Obama’s demand to hike the anti-Russia sanctions that had been instituted in March 2014, when Crimea rejected Obama’s Ukrainian-coup-imposed government and held a referendum which resulted in Crimea’s switching to become again a part of Russia, of which Crimea had been a part for hundreds of years until the Soviet dictator in 1954 had it transferred to Ukraine. And so Russia is now being punished for enabling self-determination, real democracy, for the residents of Crimea.

But Western government-and-‘news’-media lying is hardly only about Ukraine. For example, look at this:

Right at the start, you see CNN showing this alleged ‘ISIS training video,’ in which the jihadists’ tents are emblazoned with “US”. And yet CNN isn’t drawing any conclusion that this obviously fake video implicates the U.S. Government.

No: instead, at 0:18, the announcer asserts “This is the latest ISIS propaganda.”

Oh, really — ISIS is promoting the U.S.?

No, that’s not what CNN is trying to convey: at 0:30 onward, you instead see military expert Anthony Cordesman calling it “a stage set,” “and this isn’t really a training exercise, it’s a video exercise.”

Maybe he’s noticed the “US” on those tents? Well, that’s fine, because it really is “a video exercise” (Cordesman’s euphemism for “propaganda”), but Cordesman tactfully doesn’t assert whose propaganda this is. Instead, CNN’s ‘reporter’ does that, but lies because the truth about it isn’t what he’s being paid to report here.

At 0:50, this same CNN ‘reporter’ who had, just seconds earlier, introduced the video as constituting “the latest ISIS propaganda,” concludes, again, “It’s propaganda.” Immediately then, he simply goes off onto a different tangent, about how dangerous ISIS is. He ignores the stupidity of his having presumed, at the very start of his ‘report,’ that it’s “ISIS propaganda,” when it’s obviously instead U.S. propaganda. And instead of his now correcting that lie of his, he just leaves it, uncorrected. He ignores the falsehood that he had earlier stated (and headlined), and just goes off onto an anti-ISIS tangent. That’s how much contempt the U.S. mainstream ‘news’ media have of their own audience.

They have contempt not just for the public but for the victims of the MH17 mass-murder.

This is the ‘news’ media of a dictatorship, not of a democracy. It’s propaganda, not news. It misrepresents, misdirects, misinforms, and places blame where it doesn’t belong.

And that’s why Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, discussing on October 7th, French President Francois Hollande’s suggestion that Russia should cooperate with “the moderate rebel groups in Syria,” or “the Free Syrian Army,” made reference to

the so-called Free Syrian Army. However, we do not know where it is and who heads it. But if we assume that this military wing that constitutes a so-called healthy part of the opposition, if it were even possible to combine their efforts into the fight against the common enemy, the terrorist organizations — al-Nusra and others like them — then it would create good preconditions for further political settlement in Syria.

Perhaps he was thinking that the supposed rebel fighters who were shown in that video constitute the “moderate rebels” that the West was backing, and which CNN called “ISIS”?

What can Western leaders do, except have big guffaws about how stupid their audience must be, to go for their lies?

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.


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Guardian makes “error” reading MH17 report, accuses rebels of cover up | TheFlippinTruth
Oct 14, 2015 9:54 PM

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Oct 14, 2015 6:44 AM

The Dutch Crash Investigation, released 13 Oct 2015, claimed that the Crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, flight MH17, was caused by the detonation of a model Buk 9N314M warhead, fitted to a 9M38-series missile that was fired from a Buk surface-to-air missile system.


But there is no such a model as 9N314M. Almaz-Antry, the Buk missile manufacturer argued that fragments found in the wreckage came from a 9M38, an older Buk model that is no longer used by the Russian armed forces but is still in Ukraine’s arsenal, as it was manufactured in 1986.

Almaz- Antey also said that the Dutch investigation contradicts its own investigation.

Mr Yan Novikov, the General Director of the company said: “The results of our experiment contradict the Dutch report. It can now be clearly said that if a rocket was used it was a Buk 9M38, not a Buk 9M38M1, fired from the area of Zaroshchensk. The only thing that we do not yet understand are why fragments of 9M38M1 are among the evidence.”

The Dutch Crash Investigation said it was a model Buk 9N314M which does not exists.


1 Why no input from the voice and data recordings from the Black Boxes that were sent to the UK for analysis?

2 Why no satellite images from the US military, which has a satellite over the area at the material time?

3 Why was MH17 routed to the war zone over Ukraine, which should have closed the air space over the war zone. (4 Germans are suing the Kiev Govt).

4 Why no recording from the Kiev Airport Control Tower which would reveal the conversations between the tower and the pilots at the material time?

A Malaysian Airlines spokesman has already confirmed that, for some unknown reason, Kiev-based Ukrainian Air Traffic Control (ATC) ordered MH17 off of its original flight path along the international air route, known as L980.

L980 is one of the most popular and most congested air routes in the world, as well as a key link between major international hubs in Europe, like London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, and Frankfurt, and Asian destinations, like Singapore, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur

The crashed MH17 flight took a route 300 miles to the north of L980, its usual flight path, an aviation expert has said. Why was it diverted to the war zone by the Kiev ATC? When will Kiev released that diversion instructions from the ATC?

Oct 13, 2015 10:45 PM

Posting this comment exposing the Guardian (Luke Harding’s) lies about the report before it’s removed:

Screenshot also taken.

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The report by the Dutch safety board said that more than 120 objects, “mostly metal fragments”, were found in the body of the first officer, who had sustained “multiple fractures”.. When Dutch experts identified the captain’s body they found it had already “undergone an external and internal examination to remove foreign objects”.

Despite apparent attempts to remove shrapnel, “hundreds of metal objects were found”, the report said, as well as bone fractures and other injuries.

This is a really bizarre inference from the report. Here is what the report says about this:

As part of the identification and forensic investigation, before the body bags containing human remains were opened in Hilversum, the Netherlands and the remains were visually examined, an X-ray or CT scan was made of all of the body bags received. The scans revealed foreign objects both in and on some of the human remains. ... Objects that did not have a readily identifiable source, were removed and sent to the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) for further examination ...

Following a request from the public prosecutor four bodies, that were suspected to be those of crew members, were selected for further investigation. These were provided to NFI for a detailed autopsy and toxological examination. The findings were as follows:

First Officer Team A: ...
Captain Team B (non-operating flight crew):...
Cabin crew member:...

Following identification, it was found that the body of the Captain from Team A was not one of the four bodies that underwent detailed examination. The body of the Captain from Team A had undergone an external and internal examination to remove foreign objects. This examination showed a great deal of fragmentation in the body. In addition, hundreds of metal fragments were found....

The report is merely explaining that the Captain from Team A was not chosen by the public prosecutor as one of the bodies for further “detailed examination.” The Dutch authorities “found” that the Captain’s body “had already ‘undergone an external and internal examination to remove foreign objects,'” because it was part of the investigation procedure that all the bodies were subjected to (as described in the preceding paragraphs of the report). The Guardian is attempting to accuse Russia of a “cover up” based on the investigative actions of the Netherlands Forensic Institute. Indeed, according to the report, the persons responsible for having removed foreign objects from the Captain was a team of “120 forensic specialists from the National Forensic Investigations Team (LTFO) from the Netherlands and 80 forensic specialists from Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Malaysia, and New Zealand.”

The Guardian needs to correct this story. It is highly embarrassing to it and its journalists.

Oct 14, 2015 3:48 PM
Reply to  Eric_B

The lying bastards have now corrected their report.

Shaun Walker ‏@shaunwalker7 1h1 hour ago

We made a change to this story. There’s enough confusion/disinfo already so apologies for inadvertently adding to it

Oct 14, 2015 4:39 PM
Reply to  Eric_B

Great find Eric! This – and Shaun’s pitiful retraction – should be ATL.

Do you have the URL for the article? and a link to Walker’s retraction?

Oct 14, 2015 5:51 PM
Reply to  OffG

Ok, found both. No need to reply.

Oct 13, 2015 5:54 PM

the plane was shot down by a Buk.

this cannon fire myth needs to be put to bed.

however the report was clear that the missile used was an old type in service with ukraine, which russia says is not in service with its own forces.

Oct 14, 2015 4:02 AM
Reply to  Eric_B

Bernt Beidermann, German Missile expert said…

.. an .airliner is struck by a ground-to-air missile, it looks different then when hit if it is an air-to-air missile. If it is shot by a ground-to-air missile, it burns. An average of about 30,000 splintered particles are the result of such a warhead exploding, weighing about eight ounces each, and have in fact such a high kinetic energy that practically all combustible components are torched by it in fire flies., but the device pictured has not burned in the air. Fire arose only when certain parts of the wreckage hit the ground, such as the engines and the fuel tank.

If air-to-air missiles would have been fired from a fighter jet, they do not burn. Bombarded plane In addition, air-to-air missiles in their heads usually contain enriched uranium. That one would therefore be able to find it in the bodies later.


Mark Chapman (@MarkCha40189515)
Mark Chapman (@MarkCha40189515)
Oct 15, 2015 11:17 PM
Reply to  tommytcg

In fact, the plane would be more likely to catch fire if hit by an air-to-air missile, as many models are IR guided and attack the engines or the point at which their heat exhausts. On an airliner, that is the rear part of the engine. A surface-to-air missile like the SA-11, which is the missile fired from the Buk system, explodes its warhead using a proximity fuse, which causes the warhead to explode when the sensor detecys it is close to the target, but the missile typically does not hit the target itself – it destroys itself right alongside the target so as to pepper it with fragments. This is why it is a mystery that the Dutch investigation keeps making reference to “Buk missile parts” found in the wreckage. The entirety of the missile should have fallen back to earth – in pieces, of course – underneath the impact point, which is far from where the aircraft crashed. The only parts of the missile which should be found in the aircraft are the shrapnel fragments generated by the exploding warhead, and these will be distorted by whatever they passed through.

Enriched uranium, depending on its percentage, is used as reactor fuel to power a nuclear reactor or as an explosive vehicle to initiate nuclear fission in a nuclear detonation. There have been a couple of air-to-air nuclear missiles but they were mostly experimental. Depleted uranium is a heavy-metal subpenetrator formerly used in the ammunition of air-defense guns; because of the radiation hazard from both handling it and in remaining traces of expended rounds, it has been largely replaced by tungsten. The most common material in anti-air missile warheads is iron or steel. The only Russian air-to-air missile known to use depleted uranium in the warhead is the AA-8. Some are probably still in service, but it’s pretty old, it was introduced in the mid-70’s. I wouldn’t rule it out entirely – Ukraine does have it. But it’s a long shot.

Oct 14, 2015 4:42 PM
Reply to  Eric_B

When you say the report was clear, do you mean the Dutch report or the one from the BUK manufacturers?

Oct 14, 2015 11:40 PM
Reply to  OffG

well basically both.

the Buk manufacturers’ original report referred to the same type of warhead used on the 9M38 and 9M38M1 missiles as the Dutch report does.

so it’s an old missile and an old warhead, which Ukraine still has in active service and definitely did have deployed in the war zone.

sure, Russia no doubt has them in storage as well.

so either Ukraine launched one or some strange sequence of events happened involving Russia sending a Buk across the border with old missiles or the rebels captured a Buk, and somehow figured out how to use it.

Oct 14, 2015 11:46 PM
Reply to  Eric_B

I mean Ukraine keeps saying Russia is sending state of the art equipment across the border all the time.

but in this one case, Russia sent a system using obsolete missiles like Ukraine uses?

Come on.

Oct 16, 2015 3:42 AM
Reply to  Eric_B

I have read the entire report, and your assertion is an irrational conclusion from it. The ‘investigation’ fails to even address the most solid evidence, and the many strong indications that there are 30MM bullet holes, both entering and departing from the cockpit. There wouldn’t be any bullet holes in either direction, from the scenario that the official report presents. Furthermore, on 8 August 2014, the then-four nations in the official investigation-team, Ukraine (which is a major suspect in the case), Australia, Belgium, and Netherlands, signed an agreement that each of the four nations can veto any report that’s being considered to be issued by the team, so they’d all four of them need to accept the report, if a report is to be issued at all. This is the report that resulted from that agreement.

Only an idiot would trust an official ‘investigation’ of a crime that provides veto-power to one of the main suspects in that crime. I mean: that’s shocking!

“Eric Zuesse” MH17
and then click onto the links in those articles.

Especially click on the links in the article:
“The MH17 Pilot’s Corpse: More on the Cover-Up”

Oct 13, 2015 5:52 PM

Does it matter what tactics they use? What the developed world should be worried about is that death to these desperate people is an alternative to a miserable life. That is something our current economic and international system has created and can reverse. When death is an alternative to a life of hardship and violence, it is clear indicator that we have failed as a species in quest to evolve our societal structures. Addressing the symptom (violence) will not resolve the root cause (structural violence embedded in our social institutions)

Dr Marko
Dr Marko
Oct 13, 2015 3:38 PM

Alternatively, could it be that the “US” displayed on the tents are just markings of provenance? Could it be that ISAL shelters in “non-lethal aid/equipment” supplied to the “moderate opposition”? Unfortunately, nether shows the “leaders of the free world” in better light…

Oct 13, 2015 9:43 AM

Reblogged this on Susanna Panevin.

Oct 13, 2015 8:08 AM

The cockpit side panel on the Captains side shows a missile hole directed at the Captain. The panel also shows in and out 30mm cannon holes, indicating 2 fighter a/c. Photo was by Uki/Can OSCE observer Michael B who was 1st on the scene. Photo at Global Research. The rest is all cattle manure..