1,800 people attended a memorial service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne to honour the victims of MH17. So I am hoping that Julie Bishop and Tony Abbott are keeping an open mind when seeking truth and justice.
Australia was quick in fingering blame on Russia (Putin) and the eastern Ukrainian rebels for the shoot-down. But as Robert Parry reports (here at infowars) some U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that the rebels (and Russia) were likely NOT at fault – and that Ukrainian government forces (and Ukrainian fighter jets) might be responsible.
The one person who has been at the site consistently, was Michael Bociurkiw, a Ukrainian-Canadian monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ABOVE CLIP is an extract from a much longer interview on CBC and he mentions that three pieces of wreckage showed clear indications of machine gun fire – and (casual) observation saw NO signs of a missile attack.
There are many possibilities that are not discussed in any detail in the mainstream media.
If it is not Russia or the rebels, then the chief remaining suspect would be the Ukrainian government – which reportedly had two fighter jets in the vicinity.
Some independent analyses of the initial evidence from the crash site suggest the jetliner may have been destroyed by an air-to-air attack.
Jet fighters working for extremist faction of the Ukraine government may have been hunting what they thought was a Russian airliner carrying President Vladimir Putin – in an assassination attempt. Or Ukrainian military might have mistaken the plane for a Russian spy plane. U.S. intelligence analysts have largely dismissed the “defector” possibility and are concentrating on the scenario of a willful Ukrainian shoot-down of the plane, albeit possibly not knowing its actual identity.
Will Washington and Canberra be able to accept the evidence – or will they put pressure on airline investigators and intelligence analysts to endorse the Putin-is-to-blame narrative?