World Affairs

Dutch Professor Apologises to Putin for Skewed Media Coverage on MH-17

Newspaper headlines blaming President Putin for the downing of MH17.

Dutch Professor Cees J. Hamelink wrote an open letter of apology to President Putin (below) for using the MH-17 downing to defame him and discredit Russia.

Unfortunately the propaganda continues against Russia as an incessant beating of war drums even while an investigation into the crash is conducted – the outcome of which will likely become classified.

What an interesting development. If either the ‘separatists’ or Russia or Putin were in way connected to this crash and loss of life, surely the outcome of the investigation would be broadcast for all to know just how ‘evil’ they really are – unless of course it is found they had nothing to do with it.  Do you smell something rotten here – like the rotting smell from bodies supposedly just killed in a plane crash?

But in the press the war drums continue to beat, despite the anomalies and unanswered questions still surrounding the downing of MH-17. This week in our New Zealand Herald a headline read:

Russia returns as No 1 threat

In Australia’s The Age a headline asserts:

Ukraine: we’re fighting Russia on behalf of Europe

What insanity is this? Russia wants peace and prosperity for all fostered through co-operation. Yet Washington, in its push for world economic and military dominance (the New World Order), has created a devastating civil war right on Russia’s doorstep. If it was America experiencing this mayhem so close to their border there would be huge retaliatory measures with boots on the ground and fighters and bombers screaming in the air – all to “protect their interests” of course.

However Washington’s policy towards Russia was clearly set out years ago in this paragraph from a neoconservative document that was drawn up in September, 2000 by the Project for a New American Century think tank, entitled: Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century. 

“American containment strategy [of Russia] did not proceed from the assumption that the Cold War would be a purely military struggle, in which the U.S. Army matched the Red Army tank for tank; rather, the United States would seek to deter the Soviets militarily while defeating them economically and ideologically over time.”

In an extraordinary twist of events, this document has become America’s foreign policy, and the neocons have taken over a Democratic president and pull the strings behind the scenes. It is no coincidence that Victoria Nuland, who helped mastermind the Ukrainian Coup, is married to Robert Kagan, the son of Donald Kagan, who was the project co-chairman for the above neocon document. This is what the economic sanctions against Russia are about: to defeat them “economically and ideologically over time.” And now by blaming Russia for the deaths of nearly 300 people, the neocons pulling Obama’s strings, have convincingly prompted the EU countries to endorse fresh sanctions issued by Washington the day before the crash. To screw Russia even further with sanctions, the ‘separatists’ are always now referred to as “Russian-backed separatists,” which is a lie. There is no proof that Russia is either supplying arms or troops to the ‘separatists.’

It is self-evident to intelligent thinkers that the mass media lies are all part of a strategy to weaken Russia and destroy the main opposition to the ‘New World Order’ Washington seeks to impose upon the world. In Washington’s own words, Russia is “the only power in the world with the capability of destroying the United States.

What we need to understand is this: Russia, under the leadership of Putin, is the only country strong enough to ensure that the world does not fall victim to American imperialism. A one-world-government/police state under Big Brother would make our lives a living hell.

I therefore include Professor Hamelink’s letter of apology here because, despite what he says about being “powerless onlookers,” we do have it within our power to wake up and understand what is going on with mass media lies. We also have it within our power to make intelligent choices about where to find unbiased news reports. Instead of blindly believing what mainstream media passes off as fact, we can arm ourselves with the knowledge that certain government leaders, intelligence agencies, and even individuals may have an investment in suppressing the truth, distorting it, or manipulating it into outright lies.

For example, during the 1950s Allen Dulles, as head of the CIA, had a huge and ongoing influence over the press through his Operation Mockingbird. It involved discreet contact with owners, publishers, and editors of influential daily newspapers, magazines, and broadcast networks, including CBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Copley News Service where he was able to plant stories about foreign countries and their leaders. Stephen Kinzer wrote that “according to one account, Allen could ‘pick up the phone and edit a breaking story, make sure an irritating foreign correspondent was yanked from the field, or hire the services of men such as Time’s Berlin bureau chief and Newsweek’s man in Tokyo.’” (Stephen Kinzer, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War, p. 125)

It doesn’t take much of an imagination to see that such ‘operations’ still exist and persist today in varying forms. And while war drums are beating, as they are today, you can bet that the propaganda spin doctors are working overtime. We empower ourselves when armed with the truth because the truth, when voiced through informed citizens, prevents our political leaders from taking us into a war. Just imagine if more people had done some investigation of their own about the accusation that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” when Washington was trying to sell the war to the American people. Would Iraq be in the mess it is currently in today?

Part of America’s propaganda strategy is to demonise the political leader of the country it wants to attack. Putin simply wants peace and to rebuild his country’s infrastructure and morale. Do you really think he would jeopardise the peace he wants by sending troops and arms into Eastern Ukraine, only to invite a backlash and the risk of the civil war spilling over Russia’s borders? Do you think he would risk this situation escalating into a Third World War?

Putin is too smart to be dragged into this. But regardless, mass media keeps spewing out its lies. And this is why Professor Hamelink wants to apologise to Vladimir Putin. I will second that and apologise for the lies printed in the New Zealand Herald and Australia’s The Age that unfortunately, too many people believe.

Dear Mr. President Putin,

Please accept our apologies on behalf of a great many people here in the Netherlands for our Government and our Media. The facts concerning MH17 are twisted to defame you and your country.

We are powerless onlookers, as we witness how the Western Nations, led by the United States, accuse Russia of crimes they commit themselves more than anybody else. We reject the double standards that are used for Russia and the West. In our societies, sufficient evidence is required for a conviction. The way you and your Nation are convicted for ‘crimes’ without evidence, is ruthless and despicable.

You have saved us from a conflict in Syria that could have escalated into a World War. The mass killing of innocent Syrian civilians through gassing by ‘Al-Qaeda’ terrorists, trained and armed by the US and paid for by Saudi Arabia, was blamed on Assad. In doing so, the West hoped public opinion would turn against Assad, paving the way for an attack on Syria.

Not long after this, Western forces have built up, trained and armed an ‘opposition’ in the Ukraine, to prepare a coup against the legitimate Government in Kiev. The putschists taking over were quickly recognized by Western Governments. They were provided with loans from our tax money to prop their new Government up.

The people of the Crimea did not agree with this and showed this with peaceful demonstrations. Anonymous snipers and violence by Ukrainian troops turned these demonstrations into demands for independence from Kiev. Whether you support these separatist movements is immaterial, considering the blatant Imperialism of the West. Russia is wrongly accused, without evidence or investigation, of delivering the weapons systems that allegedly brought down #MH17. For this reason Western Governments claim they have a right to economically pressure Russia.

We, citizens of the West, who see the lies and machinations of our Governments, wish to offer you our apologies for what is done in our name.

It’s unfortunately true, that our media have lost all independence and are just mouthpieces for the Powers that Be. Because of this, Western people tend to have a warped view of reality and are unable to hold their politicians to account.

Our hopes are focused on your wisdom. We want Peace. We see that Western Governments do not serve the people but are working towards a New World Order. The destruction of sovereign nations and the killing of millions of innocent people is, seemingly, a price worth paying for them, to achieve this goal.

We, the people of the Netherlands, want Peace and Justice, also for and with Russia.

We hope to make clear that the Dutch Government speaks for itself only. We pray our efforts will help to diffuse the rising tensions between our Nations.

Professor Cees Hamelink

Dr. Cees J. Hamelink is Emeritus Professor of International Communication at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently Professor for Management of Information and Knowledge at the University of Aruba, Professor of Human Rights and Public Health at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, and Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is also the editor-in-chief of the International Communication Gazette and Honorary president of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. He is author of 17 monographs on communication and culture.

The letter was originally published as a PDF document on the web-site of Dutch NGO “Reverse”. However it is no longer available.

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