COMMENTS – FLIGHT MH17 – THE MALAYSIAN AIR DISASTER
The downing of Malaysia Airways FLIGHT MH17 and the tragic loss of 298 lives, revives our vivid memories of Air Rhodesia’s Viscount Disasters that shocked the Nation and became the turning point of the Rhodesian bush war.
Indeed, the Russian strategy behind Joshua Nkomo’s SAM-7 missile campaign in Rhodesia to destroy passenger carrying aircraft in flight for political and military gain, changed the course of history in southern Africa and in other countries well beyond. (Predictably it will do the same in the Ukraine soon). In fact, the Russian devised missile campaign was seen to be so successful in Rhodesia that the strategy behind it was noticed by governments and terrorist organizations in foreign countries and became the blueprint for similar attacks ever since.
The downing of Flight MH17 with a 9M36 Buk SA-11 Gadfly missile has launched a revival of the Cold War. Call it COLD WAR 2 if you like and you won’t be wrong. Just as the Cuban missile threat of the 60’s became a threat to world peace and very nearly ended in a nuclear war, so too will the downing of MH17 be viewed as being the next-of-kin to the Cuban crisis and is bound to carry very serious consequences. The upside though, is very likely to bring intensification of new counter-measures on the ground and in the air, that simply cannot wait.
The dictum, which is hardly an under-statement, is that whoever controls the skies by whatever means, also controls the region and can dictate the movements of all air traffic therein, even if only temporarily so. Missiles are a very powerful and deadly tool in the wrong hands, and right now, there doesn’t seem to be an effective way of stopping those hands on triggers waiting to bring down civilian aircraft.
There are systems available that reduce missile susceptibility in passenger aircraft by deflecting missiles but are very costly and therefore, are not installed in most commercial aircraft today, but even so, there is no guarantee for safety in the sky. Consider the Russian BUK missile system that is easily upgraded to launch the latest 9m317 missile with much improved jamming immunity and and advanced performance capabilities. It is claimed to be absolutely unrivaled in the world that won’t be outperformed by competitor models until the end of the first decade of the next century! If that is true and lasts for the next 76 years, its going to be a very long queue waiting to buy plane tickets!
Turning back to Flight MH17, who is to be blamed and what was the purpose of downing it? Already allegations, denials, claims and counter-claims fly across from East to West and visa-versa on a daily basis, so what are we in dark Africa to think? Is the underlying strategy a continuation of the blueprint mentioned above? Will the truth be dismissed in the clouds of confusion between disbelief, theories and facts? Are Putin’s demonstrations of sadness and sorrow genuine or Hollywood enactments? Does he even need them?
There is so much speculation going on of who did what, where and why – but all feasible indications bear strong similarities with the missile attacks that brought down our Rhodesian Viscounts. Look at the history of Russia’s Marxist Leninist strategies that were firmly entranced in revolutions they stirred up in many other countries offering mineral and strategic wealth. As Khrushchev reminded the world, their principle was to not to export revolution on bayonets to other countries. It had to be the work of the working class in each separate country, and proclaimed loudly about being proud of supporting rebel groups with training and military hardware.
Think about it, taking one issue at a time. Were Russian BUK missile systems provided to rebel forces in the Ukraine by Russia or not? Is the BUK system capable of identifying the Malaysian aircraft or not? Google it and see. Was the missile fired by a Ukrainian rebel in error or not – when every civilian airliner has a transponder that constantly transmits identification signals to the outside world. Aircraft identification is a simple process nowadays. The flight details of any and every aircraft in flight across the world can be established in seconds, even from a cell-phone anywhere on the globe and at all times of the day or night. The airplane’s registration number, Country of Origin, flight speed, altitude, direction and exact coordinates are all available, not just to us but also to everyone else.
These and more issues will be addressed In my next newsletter when more factual references emerge pointing to the truth.
All good wishes to you!