There is not much doubt that the eastern Ukraine ethnic Russian insurgents shot down a Malaysian commercial airliner with Russian assistance, since this was a highly technical operation. That much is clear. What is not clear is…Why?
Anyone paying attention to the world’s news has seen the ongoing drama starting from last Fall in Ukraine, which has culminated some nine months now in the birth of the criminal Ukrainian Russian insurgency. One that very clearly shot out of the sky, at 33,000 feet, 298 innocent people in a Malaysian Airline (MAS).
And it ultimately goes back to this particular criminal, this ex-KGB operative, currently Russia’s President who has clearly never been able to envision a future for his country other than a frigid version of Nigeria with nukes. Because he is an ex-KGB thug who likes to ride bare-chested on horses because he has masculine issues, evidently. I mean, who even does that who is not on a comedy show?
I worked in Russia, in the 90s, for USAID. I mainly worked in the Russian Far East (Primorsky and Khabarovsky krai) on environmental matters and I worked simultaneously with some of the best Russian technical people and artists I ever met but also some classic, leftover, Soviet bureaucrats, utterly uninterested in doing something good for their region. Also spent some time in Moscow, which was a whole different trip.
Russia is in a long-term transition. It is a giant, resource-rich region with an utterly medieval governance regime, which guarantees an utter waste of valuable human capital; a true tragedy. A lot of that human capital is working in criminal software development, tragically. Putin is the poison that has prevented the democratic governance transition and is also strangling the younger generation from blooming and also fomenting these pointless wars to recreate the Soviet Union, which will never happen – absolutely but which he hopes will be able to recast himself as the next Peter the Great or maybe Stalin.
More to the point, I believe the Koch Brothers and other right-wing Oligarchs in America probably have a real envy of modern day Russia and would impose such a regime on this country if they thought they could. And I believe this is on their agenda.