Almost as soon as the news broke that a Malaysian airliner had crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, rumours began circulating that the jet had been shot down amid the fighting taking place between pro-Moscow separatists and the Ukrainian military near the Russian border.
The Mainstream Media are of course leading the charge, placing the blame firmly on the shoulders of Vladimir Putin and Russia.
The diplomatic blame game has already started, with harsh sanctions being proposed against Russia, and of course the Conspiracy machine has been working on overdrive.
Everybody has an opinion it seems, some bloggers, not wishing to be left behind, have even taken a rare excursion from their remit to report every piece of gossip regarding historic Child abuse, to weigh in with their own Mainstream Media-inspired point of view.
It’s highly unlikely that the distinct lack of anything resembling a shred of actual evidence, will have any bearing on their views I shouldn’t think.
Once again we have to look to history to establish that this is not even an isolated incident, this isn’t the first time a civilian airliner has ‘crashed’ near a war zone, nor is it the first time that hundreds of innocent civilians have been slaughtered to deflect the eyes of the world from something happening elsewhere.
Iran Air Flight 655
On July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes destroyed an Iranian Airbus A300 that was on its way from Bandar Abbas to Dubai. Nearly 300 people, most of whom were Iranian and on their way to Mecca – were killed in the crash, including 66 children.
The incident traced its roots back to the 1979 Islamic revolution and Iraq’s subsequent invasion of Iran. The US backed Iraq in that conflict, which lasted for 8 years. The day the Vincennes brought down the airliner, it had been in a firefight with Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. Those onboard mistook Flight 655 for an enemy F-14 fighter jet, fired two surface-to-air missiles at it, and killed all 290 people onboard. Four years after the crash, the US government admitted the Vincennes was in Iranian water during the exchange of fire.
Siberian Airlines flight to Novosibirsk
On October 4, 2001, the Ukrainian military was conducting its largest combined land, sea and air exercise to date when it accidentally targeted a Siberian Airlines flight on its way from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk. The Tupolev Tu-154, which was carrying 78 people, was flying at 35,000 feet near the coast of Russia when a surface-to-air missile launched at a drone exploded about 50 feet above the aircraft, raining down shrapnel across the entire length of the fuselage. The captain and navigator on the flight were reportedly killed instantly. The jet crashed into the Black Sea, killing all onboard.
Korean Air Flight 007
A Soviet fighter jet shot down Korean Air Flight 007 as it made its way from Anchorage, Alaska to Seoul, Korea in September of 1983. The crew had switched on the autopilot, but they drifted into Soviet airspace at a time when Cold War tensions were running high. In March, President Ronald Reagan had called the Soviets an “evil empire,” and a few weeks later the government announced it would be developing a missile defense shield called Star Wars. And US spy planes — Boeing RC-135s, which looked very similar to civilian airliners — had been patrolling the Pacific. So, when Flight 007 veered 200 miles off course, the Soviets scrambled two Sukhoi Su-15 fighter jets to intercept it.
Years after the incident, Soviet pilot Col. Gennadi Osipovitch told CNN that he tried signaling the aircraft’s pilot by firing tracers, but didn’t receive a response. The Soviets never tried contacting the passenger jet by radio, a failure that was later rebuked by the International Civil Aviation Organization, before firing the missile that brought it down near the coast of Sakhalin, killing all 269 people onboard including a US congressman from Georgia.
Libyan Airlines Flight 114
On Feb. 21, 1973, Flight 114 took off from Tripoli, Libya and set its course for Cairo. Due to severe weather and malfunctioning equipment, the airliner veered into the Israeli-controlled airspace over the Sinai Peninsula. Israeli fighters signaled to the aircraft that it needed to land, but the Libyan pilots declined and were shot down. More than 100 people were killed, but one of the co-pilots survived.
Flight data indicated the pilots believed they were in Egyptian airspace.