Russia Invades Ukraine. Again. And Again. And Yet Again … Using Saddam’s WMD!

The burden of proof is on the accusers, and the world is still waiting

“Russia reinforced what Western and Ukrainian officials described as a stealth invasion on Wednesday [August 27], sending armored troops across the border as it expanded the conflict to a new section of Ukrainian territory. The latest incursion, which Ukraine’s military said included five armored personnel carriers, was at least the third movement of troops and weapons from Russia across the southeast part of the border this week.”

None of the photos accompanying this New York Times story online showed any of these Russian troops or armored vehicles.

“The Obama administration,” the story continued, “has asserted over the past week that the Russians had moved artillery, air-defense systems and armor to help the separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. ‘These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway’, Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said. At the department’s daily briefing in Washington, Ms. Psaki also criticized what she called the Russian government’s ‘unwillingness to tell the truth’ that its military had sent soldiers as deep as 30 miles inside Ukraine territory.”

Thirty miles inside Ukraine territory and not a single satellite photo, not a camera anywhere around, not even a one-minute video to show for it. “Ms. Psaki apparently [sic] was referring to videos of captured Russian soldiers, distributed by the Ukrainian government.” The Times apparently forgot to inform its readers where they could see these videos.

“The Russian aim, one Western official said, may possibly be to seize an outlet to the sea in the event that Russia tries to establish a separatist enclave in eastern Ukraine.”

This of course hasn’t taken place. So what happened to all these Russian soldiers 30 miles inside Ukraine? What happened to all the armored vehicles, weapons, and equipment?

“The United States has photographs that show the Russian artillery moved into Ukraine, American officials say. One photo dated last Thursday, shown to a New York Times reporter, shows Russian military units moving self-propelled artillery into Ukraine. Another photo, dated Saturday, shows the artillery in firing positions in Ukraine.”

Where are these photographs? And how will we know that these are Russian soldiers? And how will we know that the photos were taken in Ukraine? But most importantly, where are the fucking photographs?

Why am I so cynical? Because the Ukrainian and US governments have been feeding us these scare stories for eight months now, without clear visual or other evidence, often without even common sense. Here are a few of the many other examples, before and after the one above:

The Wall Street Journal (March 28) reported: “Russian troops massing near Ukraine are actively concealing their positions and establishing supply lines that could be used in a prolonged deployment, ratcheting up concerns that Moscow is preparing for another [sic] major incursion and not conducting exercises as it claims, US officials said.”

“The Ukrainian government charged that the Russian military was not only approaching but had actually crossed the border into rebel-held regions.” (Washington Post, November 7)

“U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove told reporters in Bulgaria that NATO had observed Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops enter Ukraine across a completely wide-open border with Russia in the previous two days.” (Washington Post, November 13)

“Ukraine accuses Russia of sending more soldiers and weapons to help rebels prepare for a new offensive. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied aiding the separatists.” (Reuters, November 16)

Since the February US-backed coup in Ukraine, the State Department has made one accusation after another about Russian military actions in Eastern Ukraine without presenting any kind of satellite imagery or other visual or documentary evidence; or they present something that’s very unclear and wholly inconclusive, such as unmarked vehicles, or unsourced reports, or citing “social media”; what we’re left with is often no more than just an accusation. The Ukrainian government has matched them.

On top of all this we should keep in mind that if Moscow decided to invade Ukraine they’d certainly provide air cover for their ground forces. There has been no mention of air cover.

This is all reminiscent of the numerous stories in the past three years of “Syrian planes bombing defenseless citizens”. Have you ever seen a photo or video of a Syrian government plane dropping bombs? Or of the bombs exploding? When the source of the story is mentioned, it’s almost invariably the rebels who are fighting against the Syrian government. Then there’s the “chemical weapon” attacks by the same evil Assad government. When a photo or video has accompanied the story I’ve never once seen grieving loved ones or media present; not one person can be seen wearing a gas mask. Is it only children killed or suffering? No rebels?

And then there’s the July 17 shootdown of Malaysia Flight MH17, over eastern Ukraine, taking 298 lives, which Washington would love to pin on Russia or the pro-Russian rebels. The US government – and therefore the US media, the EU, and NATO – want us all to believe it was the rebels and/or Russia behind it. The world is still waiting for any evidence. Or even a motivation. Anything at all. President Obama is not waiting. In a talk on November 15 in Australia, he spoke of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine – which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17”. Based on my reading, I’d guess that it was the Ukranian government behind the shootdown, mistaking it for Putin’s plane that reportedly was in the area.

Can it be said with certainty that all the above accusations were lies? No, but the burden of proof is on the accusers, and the world is still waiting. The accusers would like to create the impression that there are two sides to each question without actually having to supply one of them.

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William Blum, BFP contributing author and analyst, is an American, historian and critic of United States foreign policy. He is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military & CIA Interventions Since World War II. He has described his life’s mission as: “If not ending, at least slowing down the American Empire. At least injuring the beast. It’s causing so much suffering around the world.” Mr. Blum can be reached through his website http://killinghope.org .

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  1. On top of all this we should keep in mind that if Moscow decided to invade Ukraine they’d certainly provide air cover for their ground forces. There has been no mention of air cover.>>

    True, but there is a large grey area between Russia invading Ukraine and making sure that the Ukrainian army with NATO advisers and US intelligence behind it do not destroy the volunteer force of construction workers, miners, taxi drivers, and small businessmen who oppose them. Russia, as well as her Western “partners,” conducts what they call a “hybrid war” in Ukraine. This includes sending in their Russian military specialists and even fighting units of Russian military “retirees” as it was last August-September when the Ukrainian army was encircled in several caldrons and routed. No miracles here and no doubt NATO has all material evidence for this “invasion.” Why NATO doesn’t make it public? Because situation with Russia is radically different from those with Saddam and Assad. In their cases, the decision was made to occupy or/and install in these countries pro-US marionettes. There was no legal pretext, so they cooked the evidence. For obvious reasons they cannot bomb Russia as they did with so many countries before. Direct war is out of question, so is direct evidence of the Russian “aggression” for the public. Instead, the Western sheeple is treated like a corrida bull shown just enough of the red rag to keep it in the state of agitation and hatred of Russians. Just in case the shepherd decides to take his sheep to the slaughterhouse. Putin has similar reasons to be discreet. While having enough evidence to send US-NATO leaders to the gallows for engineering Dubrovka, Beslan, and other mass slaughters of Russian citizens, Putin only vaguely claimed that these crimes were backed by NATO services. For Putin knows that there is no Nuremberg Court to take care of a Dick Cheney or a Robert Gates as it did for their Nazi predecessors. If so, making accusations like these can only harm Russia’s interests as understood by Putin. First, Russia is too weak to win a total war with NATO. Second, such a war, even in its “cold” form, would negate the very rationale for destroying the Soviet Union and weakening Russia itself by opening it for the Western plunder of the 1990s. New Russian elites led by Putin want to be a part of the Western imperial order, not to oppose it. Putin is not kidding when he calls the West “our partners.” This is the ambition of new masters of Russia–“equal partnership,” with the emphasis on “equal.” Third, “partnership” has a deeper meaning as the shared interests of those in power against the powerless. No matter how bitterly “partners” in this sense fight each other in hot or cold wars they remain partners in power over their respective sheeple. In this sense wars can be made only by allies, i.e., by those who have the power to wage them.

    • Though I take minor exception to the derogatory term “sheeple” — people ‘wake up’ at different times, struggling against an incredible propaganda machine — I have to agree with CuChulainn that this is one fine piece of analysis. Glad you’re here, Netter.

      • Peter,
        My only excuse for using and overusing this derogative term is that I’m covered by it as well. We are absolutely powerless. One sheep knows this, another doesn’t but has a gut feeling of it, yet the third might be blissfully unaware its powerlessness. It really doesn’t matter unless we organize for taking power in our hands. All of it. Only then man raises himself over sheeple. As things stand now in the Western world, above all in this country, I do not see the slightest hint of awakening humanity, no “green shoots” in the spiritual and therefore political desert. When I see Donbass volunteers speaking, see their eyes, hear their stories I know the difference between sheeple and men.

  2. CuChulainn says:

    spot on netter
    Putin’s folks have a community of interests with the West in their efforts to stifle the anti-oligarchical revolution in Novorossiya, as apparent from the Minsk agreement and the surrender of Mariupol; Moscow’s boys such as Plotz & Zakharchenko (black-market & booze) serve this strategy of displacing authentic leaders such as Mozgovoi, who laughs at the idea of capitalism with a human face.

    this is _Homage to Catalonia_ all over again, Prizrak are the POUM
    for details, and some good interviews, search mozgovoi at niqnaq blog.

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