Peter Hitchens on Flight MH17: “Don’t Be Propagandized!”

I have to say I'm greatly impressed with Peter Hitchens here. We persist in playing with fire, and then profess shock and outrage when innocents get torched.

Here’s an excerpt of his piece in the Daily Mail: “Mourn the victims... but don't turn one tragedy into a global catastrophe.”

One thing we should have learned in the past 100 years is  that war is hell. We might also have noticed that, once begun, war is hard to stop and often takes shocking turns.

So those who began the current war in Ukraine – the direct cause of the frightful murder of so many innocents on Flight MH17 on Thursday – really have no excuse.

There is no doubt about who they were. In any war, the aggressor is the one who makes the first move into neutral or disputed territory.

And that aggressor was the European Union, which rivals China as the world’s most expansionist power, swallowing countries the way performing seals swallow fish (16 gulped down since 1995). 

Ignoring repeated and increasingly urgent warnings from Moscow, the EU – backed by the USA – sought to bring Ukraine into its orbit. It did so through violence and illegality, an armed mob and the overthrow of an elected president. 

I warned then that this would lead to terrible conflict. I wrote in March: “Having raised hopes that we cannot fulfill, we have awakened the ancient passions of this cruel part of the world – and who knows where our vainglorious folly will now lead?”

Now we see. Largely unreported over the past few months, a filthy little war has been under way in Eastern Ukraine.

Many innocents have died, unnoticed in the West. Neither side has anything to boast of – last Tuesday 11 innocent civilians died in an airstrike on a block of flats in the town of Snizhne, which Ukraine is unconvincingly trying to blame on Russia.

So PLEASE do not be propagandized by Thursday’s horrible slaughter into forgetting what is really going on.

Please,wake up! Many of those in government are not your friends—they are terribly flawed men and women (some of them outright wicked)—and they often have goals and agendas which are fatal to your freedom and prosperity.

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