On August 15th the “news” erupted: “Russia Invades Ukraine!” Stocks temporarily plunged as Wall Streeters briefly believed, “This is it! This is The Big One!”
What had happened was that two journalists, one from the Guardian (UK) and one from the Telegraph (UK), at night, thought they saw some Russian Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) crossing the border into Ukraine. The newsfakers picked up on this and began showing daylight photos of Russian APCs with no identifiable context as to their location.
A “rush to judgment” occurred, as had happened previously when the Malaysian airliner MH-17 crashed in Ukraine on July 17, 2014. In the case of the MH-17 crash, a proper investigation was stymied when the stooge government in Kiev somehow could not provide a safe zone for investigators. (Further background: Flight MH-17 Truth Emerges, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of August 8, 2014.)
The August 15th “Russia Invades Ukraine!” so-called news erupted in the context of “Putin’s convoy”, a humanitarian effort to ease the suffering of non-combatants in Lugansk and Donetsk, two rebel cities in eastern Ukraine. Why is Kiev so afraid of baby food being delivered to toddlers? Is it because “Putin’s convoy” would help pull back the curtain on war crimes against civilians in Lugansk and Donetsk? (Further background: “Trojan Horse” Approaches Ukraine Border, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of August 14, 2014.)
Kiev claimed it had managed to destroy the phantom APCs. But where are the pictures? The phantom APCs, it seems, are like “Big Joe and Phantom 309”. It had been at a cold and lonely crossroads that a hitchhiker was glad to be picked up by a semi-truck driven by Big Joe. Big Joe let out the hitchhiker later on, at a roadside diner. “Sorry son, but I have to be making a turn up ahead.” Big Joe tossed a coin to the hitchhiker and said, “Get yourself a cup of coffee on old Big Joe.” It turned out Big Joe had died heroically years before! But at least the hitchhiker had something tangible – the coin – to prove it all had happened. (Lyrics at http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tomwaits/bigjoeandphantom309.html)
It was at a cold and lonely crossroads that two British journalists thought they saw Russian APCs entering Ukraine. Too bad the Russian ghosts did not toss the British journalists a coin, so they’d have something tangible to show for their supernatural experience.
Paul Craig Roberts, formerly an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, belittles the British “Phantom 309” story of the Guardian and Telegraph reporters in a piece titled, “In the West Respect for Truth No Longer Exists”. The invasion story is preposterous, writes Roberts. Vladimir Putin would have needed authorization from the Duma, the Russian assembly, before any troops could have invaded Ukraine. And if Russia decided to invade Ukraine, they’d send in much more than a puny column of APCs. “The third reason that the story is obviously false is that not a single Western news organization hyping the story has presented a shred of evidence in its behalf,” concludes Roberts.
Incidentally, this is nothing against the great song, “Big Joe and Phantom 309”, performed by Red Sovine and Tom Waits, among others.