Russian Attacks Change Europe’s Security Landscape – Oh, really, General Dempsey?

☮ ☮ The highest military commander in the US, Dempsey: Russian Attacks Change Europe’s Security Landscape  –  My comment today to Iran’s PressTV. This is alarming in the sense that Dempsey’s statements are extremely bellicose. His arguments are thin and imprecise. But it seems that the U.S. has now recognised that it won’t get Ukraine into NATO that easily and, […]

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☮ ☮ Ukraine’s President Poroshenko: The world must choose sides

☮ ☮ Ukraine’s President Poroshenko: The world must choose sides – CNN Petro Poroshenko emphasizes it’s a terrorist act beyond Ukraine, part of world terrorism (he uses the word 10 times); this is what he called it also just hours after it happened. He implicitly excludes accident or that a terrorist act was in the making but took down the wrong plane. He sees “no difference” with September 11 and virtually quotes George W. Bush on people either being with us or with the terrorists. He denies conflicts “inside the Ukrainian nation”. This is both interesting and surprising aspects of this presentation of the official Ukrainian perspective. I recommend it.

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Use Malaysia’s MH17 to make peace instead

TFF PressInfo, July 21, 2014 By Jan Oberg, TFF director Tragic misuse of a tragedy The government of Ukraine as well as the separatists, NATO/U.S. and very many leading Western mainstream media seem all to know who has caused the tragedy. Putin believes it was caused indirectly by the West. Given the fact that very few, if any, people or institutions canknow who did it with enough details, data and precision to accuse anyone, the MH17 tragedy has been misused to an extent that can itself only be termed tragic. The misuse is tragic because it is a catastrophe for close to 300 people, their relatives and friends. Silence – of both verbal and military weapons – and empathy would have been appropriate. Anyone pointing fingers and calling it a terrorist act at this point is irresponsibly or should present convincing evidence. Secondly, the blame game makes the necessary road to peace and security even more difficult.   An All Party Peace Process should come out of MH17 and the civil war It would have been so much more civilised to use the MH 17 tragedy to say:

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