Sunday, July 27, 2014

Framing the Crash of Flight M17


Hal Pepinsky,, “peacemaking” at

July 27, 2014


                In my country, the crash of Flight M17 is framed across media news and commentary as proving who did it.  I think it is obvious that a military force that was shooting down Ukrainian government fighter planes bombing them, and made a mistake in a war zone.  Blaming one side or the other only fuels a civil war.  In a war, economically and historically, all sides are driven by real fears, real anger.  That being the case, it is high time that we in the US start covering and listening to what drives rebels against the Ukrainian state, to give balance to voices we hear and attend to.  The only US news outlet I find seeking voices from otherwise unheard sides is, the first place I heard news that Ukrainian government planes were bombing Ukrainian cities, and now in Gaza, is the one place I hear both from Israeli advocates for lifting the siege of Gaza, and in Gaza, as from UN personnel and from its former staff member, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, on the tragedy there of killing Gazans for being human shields.  There I suspect that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, present but silent, may be serving the role of neutral mediator.  There, in Ukraine, in Syria, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, among refugees from Central America, it is a particular challenge to us who live in the heart of military empire to listen to the voices of those we blame for “our” problems.   Love and peace, hal

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