George Orwell, "1984"
So, Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi - let's call them the "Legendary Five" - arrange a videoconference to gain courage, "increase pressure" and ask for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Later in the day, Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu brings his answer, which, in simple terms, comes down to the following - he is still determined to achieve his version of the final resolution of the Gaza issue. Regardless of the "pressure".
So what then remains to be done by the Legendary Five after they got an official kick of their famous united-western backs? They decide to abandon Gaza and impose sanctions on Russia instead - again! What a brilliant exit strategy!
Tony Blinken, an outstanding insignificance, at the same time occupying the post of deputy national security adviser Barack Obama, wanted very much to draw particular attention of Western corporate media to the fact that now the gang who had unleashed was evoked by “determined to act.” No, not against Israel because of Gaza-against Russia because of Ukraine. Such cute Orwellian symmetry - the extended two minutes of Israel’s hatred towards the people of Gaza turns into the extended two minutes of “West’s” hatred towards Russia, representing a mirror image of Kiev’s extended two minutes of hatred towards the people of Eastern Ukraine.
Even Hollywood is far from such a story: the illegal intentional massacre of civilians is getting away with Israel, and the (smaller) mass murder of civilians in the air, having all the signs of a staging, carried out by the Kiev vassals of Russia's western "partners, is getting away with Israel."
I have already shown that the only content of the Obama administration’s official “policy” with respect to Russia is sanctions, sanctions and sanctions once again. In addition to the next European Union sanctions expected in the near future, the US will bring new sanctions - and what did you expect? After all, Washington is so "concerned" that Moscow will soon take over Ukraine, which, of course, would be the final answer to all these prayers In God We Trust.
Where we stand now
Follow the facts. In Washington, from the very beginning, it was said that MH17 was shot down by a rocket of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They were afraid that they had proof. Something like: "We know, believe us." Of stories the last 60 of years it becomes clear that, at least, they can not be trusted. There was no evidence at all. One PR.
But Moscow, through its Ministry of Defense, provided convincing evidence. And called for an impartial international investigation. Washington ignored all this - and the call, and convincing evidence.
At that time, the US Navy, filled with ultra-modern missile defense radars, had been in the Black Sea for several weeks. Like the Russians, they tracked every particle flying over Ukraine. The NSA specializes in communications intelligence, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency deals with the phenomenon of species intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency adds intelligence data, there is the CIA, there is an all-seeing, all-knowing director of National Intelligence. How did it happen that this whole device of the full spectrum of dominance worth trillions of dollars could not get a single decisive piece of evidence?
The only ridiculous "evidence" presented at the moment is a vinaigrette from the abbreviations of the American intelligence services, wasting their time reading blogs and tweets. Like, for example, the head of the State Department in Kiev, sending to Twitter information of satellite intelligence, which, as the New York Times repeated, “argued” that Russia was shelling Ukraine from abroad. The notorious "high-ranking US officials" were even forced to publicly restrained to admit that they have no evidence at all about the Putin rocket. And if there were, then NATO would be ready to fry burgers in Red Square.
From the abundance of information available in free access, it follows that the most likely cause of the MH17 tragedy is a R-60М air-to-air missile shot from Ukrainian Su-25 - and not Buk (also there is the possibility of double defeat - first R- 60M, and then "Booke"). The P-60M has high speed and ideally suitable range of shooting, reaching 5 kilometers. It was at this distance from the MH17 that the Su-25 was seen by the Russians (they showed graphs).
The Ukrainian intelligence service of the Security Service of Ukraine, for its part, has withdrawn the recordings of the negotiations of the control tower in Kiev on flight MH17. These records would surely clarify why MH17 flew over the combat zone (“Malaysian Airlines” told that they were forced to do so). You can put a tidy sum on the fact that these records are now "brought to mind."
There are also “black boxes”, which will be decrypted not by the Malaysians or the Dutch, but by the British, acting on the orders of Washington. As blogger Slaoban summed up the views of qualified Russian specialists, “now the British will allow the NSA to falsify the data and this falsification will be coordinated with the Security Service of Ukraine in Kiev, which will ultimately make public the records fully“ confirming ”the“ authenticity ”of the records corrected by the NSA from Britain”. To make the version more palatable and to remove suspicions of unfair play from the Anglo-Americans, the Dutch will announce this. Everybody should be warned about this.
The NATO leadership, in turn, is drooling. A little more than a month later, on September 1, the army and the Kiev armed forces will conduct “joint exercises” in Ukraine with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - it’s time to declare increased combat readiness, because it was then, as President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said, that the slowed-down ethnic cleansing will end Donbass.
As for the R2P (“responsibility to protect”) aspect, it seems completely unlikely. True, Moscow can always say that if the delayed ethnic cleansing of Donbass is not stopped, it will recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. In this case, Moscow will again play in Abkhazia and South Ossetia - R2P de facto, supported by military muscles.
According to international law - which Washington, by the way, has never respected - is not the same as the "conquest" of Ukraine. The US ambassador to the UN, frankly terrible Samantha Power, would definitely go mad, but this is a dose of her own medicine. That would be exactly comparable with what the Americans did to the benefit of the Salafi jihadists in Syria, and even better with what the US did in Kosovo.
$ 50 Billion Vultures
And now, in the appendix to the sanctions, Moscow is also forced to challenge the massive attempt on theft of 50 billions of dollars. The International Court of Arbitration in The Hague considered that the prosecution a decade ago by the Kremlin of YUKOS and its main shareholder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was politically motivated. Moscow cannot lodge an appeal, but will use all legal means to ensure that this ruling is “put aside.”
Well, the political nature is just the decision of The Hague. The guilt of Khodorkovsky was established not only by the Russian judicial system, but also by the European Court of Human Rights. The shareholders of YUKOS and Menatep were and remain a bunch of oligarch bandits, and this is putting it mildly.
So here again the work of the Chaos Empire is visible, manipulating the Dutch court after it literally stole the gold from Germany and fined France for selling Russian warships. Although in this case the "West" in Russia has more investments than the Russian government in the West. Payback can be very unpleasant - for example, if Moscow freezes all American and European investments in the energy sector, especially on the new super-profitable front, deposits of the Arctic. Big Oil of the West will never allow this to happen.
It can go on forever. Moral: the Russian state simply will not allow itself to be robbed with the help of a dubious decision made in the interests of a handful of oligarchs. At the same time, it is not only the returning living (neoconservative) dead people, but also a significant part of the shadow state in Washington and its suburbs, as well as the “Western” putocracy that want to provoke some kind of NATO war against Russia, and sooner rather than later.
And in one parallel line, in Moscow, there are rumors that the Kremlin considers this protracted post-YUKOS battle just an afterthought in comparison with the economic war, which will soon shake Europe and, in the end, straighten Europe with Russia - for what it is just praying and empire of chaos works. “Two minutes” of hate? What about hours, days, weeks, years?