Zero Hedge: “A week after Russia revealed photos of Ukraine deploying Buk missiles in the east as well as radar proof of Ukraine warplanes in the vicinity of MH-17, the US has yet to present any of the incontrovertible evidence supposedly in its possession that proves it was the separatists who shot down the plane, a narrative which has already propagated through western media.
Instead, several hours ago the US. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released satellite images taken by the private civilian company Digital Globe (and thus not government sourced), which US officials say offer proof that Russian forces have been shelling eastern Ukraine in a campaign to assist rebel groups fighting Ukraine’s government in Kiev.”
Opinion: I doubt we will find out the truth about flight MH17, but what’s becoming obvious is that this new US/Russia standoff over Ukrarine is ultimately about energy on many levels.
First, it’s important to realize that we are being lied to daily. Second, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, admitted to lying to Congress last July, and third, Clapper is the same guy who in 2011, told the US public that the Muslim Brotherhood had changed and eschewed violence. Not long after that, the Brotherhood had control of Egypt.
But about Ukraine’s vast shale oil reserves:
- Gas exports to Europe are regarded as a key Russian trump card amid anger over its role in Ukraine
- Europe gets approximately 30% of its natural gas from Russia
- Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, is working for the Ukrainians to drill for shale oil and Putin is very unhappy about it
It’s hard to predict what will happen short term. If investigations into the attack on MH17 establish a clear link with Russian separatists in Ukraine – and Putin continues to support them – then deeper sanctions may be hard to resist and the crisis is likely to have a rapid and fundamental impact on Europe’s economy. On the other hand, if the investigations are inconclusive and Putin’s 85% approval rating continues, gas supplies might remain uninterrupted.
It is not hard to see long term, however. Energy, or the lack of it, will likely be the spark the ignites the final world war.