Malaysian Pressure Forces MH17 Investigation to UN

Eric Zuesse

Malaysia, frustrated by the refusal of the official international investigation-team to produce any clear evidence yet of whom to blame for the downing of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over the Ukrainian civil-war zone on 17 July 2014, has finally forced the team to request the UN to investigate. They’ve forced the original four nations on the team to accept UN adjudication of any final report. This will enable a court-proceeding to make the ultimate determination of guilt (upon which judgment penalties and compensation will be assessed), and this court-determination would inevitably allow whatever party is being blamed by the five-member official investigating team, to present its own evidence in the case, so that the court will make the ultimate determination — the official investigating team will not be performing that crucial judgmental function.

Malaysia was long prohibited from even participating in this investigational team, but on 5 November 2014, a deal was finally reached with the four nations that did comprise the team — four U.S. allies: Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and (a suspect in possibly having downed the MH17) Ukraine itself (though it had lost none of its citizens in the disaster) — so, the next day, Malaysia’s New Straits Times  headlined “Malaysia to join MH17 criminal probe team,” and reported that, “The prime minister said the country had been invited to play a bigger role in the recovery and investigation of the ill-fated aircraft, believed to have been downed by a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17.” The Malaysian report went on then, pointedly, to note: “In July, the Dutch and Ukrainian authorities agreed that the bulk of the operations would be carried out by the Netherlands, with assistance from countries whose citizens were on board the flight. Malaysia had repeatedly asked to be part of the joint investigation team, currently comprising investigators from the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine.” Implicitly, that phrase “Malaysia had repeatedly asked to be part of the investigating team” said that Malaysia had consistently been refused membership until 5 November 2014. In fact, even by late November of 2014, Malaysia continued to be refused membership, and I headlined on November 30th, “Malaysia Becomes Angry About Exclusion from MH17 Investigation.” That refusal was especially outrageous because, like three of the four nations that already were on the team, Malaysia had lost (44) citizens from the downing. But in addition, Malaysia had lost the plane, from it. There was no excuse for the four pro-Western nations to exclude Malaysia, and for their limiting the investigating-team to only Ukraine (a key suspect in the downing) and three of its allies. And, between November and now, Malaysia has finally become so fed-up with the team’s continuing refusal to act, and to declare the culprit, so that the rest of the team finally consented to Malaysia’s demand to transfer the investigation over to the UN.

On 24 June 2015, Agence France Press, a mouthpiece for yet another Western nation (France), bannered, “Netherlands, Malaysia push for UN tribunal for MH17 culprits,” and Thailand’s Bangkock Post headlined this same story more honestly and directly, as “Malaysia demands UN court for MH17 shootdown,” but carried unchanged the anti-Russian-slanted AFP text. The anti-Russian-slanted AFP ‘news’ report said “It remains unclear, however, whether Russia would back the creation of the special tribunal” (something which they could also have said of the U.S., for example) and included a sub-head: “- Getting Russia on board -,” which section had only this brief and anonymously sourced reference to Russia: “The diplomat [unidentified] said the countries were mindful of the need to ‘avoid a Russian veto’ [as if a Russian veto would have been likelier than an American one, etc.].” That’s propaganda for a regime, not news-reporting for a democracy — it delivers the bias (to whip up support for war), along with its sugar-coated pro-regime facts.

The present writer has already set forth the conclusive evidence that Ukraine downed this airliner, and that the reason Ukraine did it — intentionally, not at all by mistake — was in order to enable the U.S. to blame Russia for it and thus get the EU to hike economic sanctions against Russia. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany isn’t the only nation in history that has used what the intelligence trade calls “false-flag attacks” in order to blame the nations that it itself aims to attack. The U.S. has perfected that technique.

Russia was framed for the downing of MH17, which was a U.S. job carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force. (The EU knows that the U.S. has a mega-criminal government, but they go along with it, thinking that their aristocrats will get some of the loot that’s being yanked off by America’s aristocrats. They do this though 206 of the murdered passengers were EU citizens. And Netherlands, which provided the U.S. key assistance in the buildup to overthrowing Ukraine’s democracy, lost the most people in it, which just goes to show on which side Dutch aristocrats stand — it’s not the Dutch public’s side.)

Finally, Malaysia is having some success in pulling this criminal investigation away from the clearly proven criminal (Ukraine — which now is itself a U.S. client-state) and its friends.

Anyone who believes Western ‘news’ media about international affairs is simply laying his mind out to be raped by agents of the local nation’s aristocracy. Almost everything has become propaganda now. Honest journalism is squelched, if not strangled.

That’s why, if you’ll google the headline of this news-report, none of the major mainstream and ‘alternative’ ‘news’ sites will likely come up — though it has been sent to all of them.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.

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  • colinjames71

    I’m curious to see what the UN process will look like. Can’t really say much else until then.

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  • Southern

    Well done Eric !

    In lieu of a proper investigation economic sanctions against Russia have always been unfounded – These sanctions have done more harm than good.

    Except that this was exactly what the morally and economically bankrupt Neo-Cons war mongers always had in mind, to deliberately create chaos in the EU – To make the Europeans switch from Russian gas to the fracked version from the US, people might remember the many controversies surrounding fracking, and ultimately it was all part of the plan to be ready and to be able to supply an alternative fuel while divide and conquer and media manipulation would take care of the rest.

    Ukrainian democracy has been the patsy in the lead up to attempting Neo-Cons friendly regime change in Moscow,

    Rare are the politicians that tell us like it is but they’re starting to appear from both the left and the Right.

    Sahra Wagenknechts recent interview on RT would be a complement to this fine article.

    Likewise in this article, Paul Craig Roberts mentions how even Marine Le-Pen is opposed to US influence.

  • Rehmat

    Malaysia lost three passenger airliners in 2014.

    On July 17, 2014, MH-370’s sister plane MH-17, also Boeing 777-200 jet flying at 33,000 feet was blown out of the sky with a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine. MH-17 was flying en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 280 passengers and a crew of 15.

    American pro-Israel politicians are accusing Russia for the tragedy, which Russian president Vladimir Putin denied during his talk with Barack Obama on phone. Both Washington and London said the tragedy should serve as a wake-up call for Russia to stop supporting and equipping rebels fighting the (pro-Usrael) regime in Kiev. In other words, Ukraine is American territory and America is Israeli territory.

    Australian prime minister Tony Abbott under orders from his Israeli masters has accused the pro-Russian rebels for shooting down MH17. Russian media has refuted the accusation.

  • Bill Rood

    Now that Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine have had almost a year to destroy evidence, it’s time to let Malaysia in on the “investigation.”

  • didactic1

    US intelligence director knows, but he’s not tallking.

  • Aldous Huxley

    So we are going to let Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine investigate, all of whom are in the US’s back pocket?!?! Then obviously Russia is going to be found guilty, regardless of the fact that the CIA probably did it. How about if the Donbas rebels and the Russians get to join this investigation now that the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine have destroyed all the evidence?!?!?

  • Aldous Huxley

    “…if you’ll google the headline of this news-report, none of the major mainstream and ‘alternative’
    ‘news’ sites will likely come up — though it has been sent to all of them.”

    I did and these are the hits I got:
    Washington’s Blog‎ – 3 days ago

    The Guardian‎ – 3 days ago

    Eric, when you are right, you are right. Kudos to The Guardian… the most mainstream on this list.