International Commentary (1)

Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbour (Prov.25:18).

When there’s animosity between nations, it’s very common for truth to be quickly jettisoned. In fact, it’s been said that “Truth is the first casualty of war.” This is why I don’t think the world should rush to judgment over what happened to the Malaysian airliner last week.

The US government has been very forthright in attaching blame for this tragedy to the Russians. White House spokesman Josh Ernest said

What we also know is that the Malaysia Airlines jet was brought down by a missile that was fired from the ground. It was fired from the ground in an area that was controlled by separatists, and in an area where the Ukrainians themselves were not actually operating anti-aircraft weapons at that time. So that is why we have concluded that Vladimir Putin and the Russians are culpable to this tragedy.[1]

The Bible tells us that “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him” (Prov.18:17). A wise judge makes sure he gathers all the evidence before he makes his judgment, and there is still a lot of evidence to come in. And what is clear, is that the evidence against the Russians is so far rather circumstantial, and based on hearsay.

For instance,

the State Department’s certainty of Russian involvement in the apparent downing of the plane was primarily based on “social media” evidence.[2]

I’m not opposed to social media, but an authority in a court of law? Courts are primarily interested in establishing facts, not the subjective thoughts of unnamed individuals.

What’s worth remembering too, is that the US government has some form when it comes to massaging the facts. Remember WMD? We were told that the evidence for Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction was incontrovertible, that there was no doubt they existed, and that they posed a threat to the world. This was despite the evidence of various teams of inspectors who regularly visited the nation.

The US and other nations went to war then, over what was essentially a convenient political fabrication, which is no different to what happened regarding Viet Nam in 1964, when President Johnson claimed that US naval forces had been “attacked” by North Vietnamese ships. Evidence?  Photographs? Proof?

None was ever produced, but the US went to a war anyway which it lost, with the lives of 58,000 US soldiers.

In relation to Syria, as the American Paul Craig Philips has pointed out,

The Obama regime lied on the basis of concocted “evidence” that Assad had used chemical weapons against the Syrian people, thus crossing the “red line” that the White House had drawn, justifying a US military attack on the Syrian people. The Russian government exposed the fake evidence, and the British Parliament voted down any UK participation in the Obama regime’s attack on Syria. Left isolated, the Obama regime dared not assume the obvious role of war criminal.[3]

There’s something else. In July 1988, an Iranian airliner flying over the Straits of Hormuz was shot down by a US navy ship, the Vincennes, which feared it was an Iranian fighter plane that could be attacking it. The toll? 290 passengers and crew.

George Bush was the US Vice President at the time, and later said about this tragedy,

I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are… I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                  

In relation to the Malaysian airlines tragedy, it’s important to note that the Bible commands us:

Do not be a witness against your neighbour without cause, and do not deceive with your lips (Prov.24:28).

But when has the US government been bothered about Biblical commands?

 

[1] Quoted in Michael Rozeff, “White House Propaganda  Blames Putin for Downing MH17,” (www.lewrockwell.com), 26/7/2014

[2] Daniel McAdams, “On Malaysian Crash, Obama’s Case against Russia Disintegrates,” (www.lewrockwell, 23/7/2014).

[3] Paul Craig Phillips, “US Intelligence: Russia Didn’t do It,” (www.lewrockwell.com), 25/7/2014.