By Susanne Posel – July 18, 2014
Over 30 years ago a Korean flight that was shot down by Russian military forces was used to justify the Cold War between the US and the former USSR. Today, a new flight and a new scenario nearly mirrors exactly the plotline developed over a generation ago – perhaps to justify another Cold War yet to come.
Reports have been flooding the internet regarding Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was “flying through open airspace” at the time it crashed – or was shot down; depending on which report is to be believed.
Apparent leaked telephone conversations in initial reports about the downed plane claimed that “rebels” were responsible for the “surface-to-air attack on” MH17.
In the media the tragedy is being blamed on Russian military forces based on a comment made by Commander Igor Bezler who allegedly stated “his crew had shot down a plane, and that bodies were falling onto the ground some distance from the actual plane debris.”
However, this report is hearsay because Bezler was actually recounting a version of the story relayed to him by someone unidentified person at the scene because Belzer had not seen the wreckage first hand at the time of the interview.
Journalist Noah Sneider tweeted : “At crash site of #MH17. Bodies everywhere, organs splayed out. Too gruesome to post photographs. This is an absolute disaster.”
More anonymous claims in initial reports say “the plane exploded mid-air” which lends to the story formulating that somehow Russian military forces shot down MH17.
According to US media, unnamed US intelligence officials “confirmed” that MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile; however there is apparent debate over whether or not the “shot” was fired by Russia or the Ukraine.
Senator John McCain, member of the Council for National Policy and co-author of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, threatened there would be “incredible repercussions” if Russian forces or pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine shot down the Malaysian flight.
McCain said: “This was an airliner headed towards Russian airspace and it has the earmarks — and I’m not concluding — but it has the earmarks of a mistaken identification of an aircraft that they may have believed was Ukrainian. If that’s true, this is a horrible tragic event which was certainly unanticipated by anybody no matter who they are. And there will be incredible repercussions if this is the case. If it is the result of either separatist or Russian actions mistakenly believing that this is a Ukrainian warplane, I think there’s going to be hell to pay and there should be.”
In the wake of this “disaster” and the 100 passengers who were scheduled to attend a conference on AIDS in Melbourne that are reported to have died, there is little talk about how history is repeating itself.
Back in 1983 the shooting down of Korean Flight 007sparked the Cold War between the Reagan administration and the then USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev.
KF007 was the catalyst that was used to begin the most nerve-racking time in modern history – when the US and the USSR could begin a nuclear war with each other at any time.
Thirty-one years ago, Korean Airlines Boeing 747, flight 007, was shot down by a Soviet SU-15 interceptor just outside the Moneron Island in the Sea of Japan.
This strike killed all 269 passengers aboard KF007 – only 26 passengers less than the number of accounted dead from MH17.
Then President Reagan told the nation in a formal address: “Despite the savagery of their crime, the universal reaction against it, and the evidence of their complicity, the Soviets still refuse to tell the truth. They have persistently refused to admit that their pilot fired on the Korean aircraft. Indeed, they’ve not even told their own people that a plane was shot down.”
Reagan continued: “They have spun a confused tale of tracking the plane by radar until it just mysteriously disappeared from their radar screens, but no one fired a shot of any kind. But then they coupled this with charges that it was a spy plane sent by us and that their planes fired tracer bullets past the plane as a warning that it was in Soviet airspace.”
Former US Senator Bob Dole appeared on Meet the Press to suggest that sanctions be used against Russia for their crime.
At the time, KF007 was used as a confusion point for the general public because of “opposing views” that left the incident unresolved.