A TRAGIC FATE: Politics, Oil, the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Looming Threats to Civil Aviation, by WC Turck is currently available as an e-book on Amazon.com
Trust. This is not a conspiracy book, nor does it shy away from indictments or an objective exploration of glaring and alarming questions that remain. And there are many. But, we live in a cynical age in which the message from government, corporations, pranksters and the insipidly ignorant can reach millions as never before. It is a world that trades humanity for marketing and truth for messaging. These forces can and routinely do manipulate the truth and audiences in ways and in numbers never before imagined. And they do it without conscience, certainly to sow confusion and misinformation, and most often simply for profit.
In the early 20th century leaders like the Soviet dictator Josip Stalin and other Communist leaders routinely edited dissidents or former colleagues whom had fallen from favor from photographs. The method was terribly crude and always obvious. Now we have the technology and craftsmanship to photoshop with uncanny precision whole new realities. It is simple and almost seamless to place a person in Idaho onto the rings of Saturn with little or no ability, but the viewer’s penchant for reason and sanity to discern whether or not he is actually standing upon those rings at the far side of the solar system.
This is also not a nationalist or propaganda screed. The reader searching for accusations of neo-fascism by the interim Ukrainian government, warnings of an awakening Russian bear under Putin threatening the free world or the moral superiority of the United States and the West will be sorely disappointed. Fanciful conspiracies about bombs placed by Mossad agents on board the plane, or that MH-17 is really the lost flight 370, tales of rogue Zionists or the Illuminati are the laziest form of intellectual masturbation. They have no place here. The greatest tragedy to emerge, as the reader will find, is a failure on many levels of many governments and people.
This is also not an indictment of conspiracy theorists. I know many, and I know many to be good friends and neighbors. Those wishing to impugn all believers in conspiracy as tin foil wearing sods are themselves delusional and/or misinformed. There is ample reason to believe in conspiracies. There is ample reason people often gravitate to conspiracy theories as well, aside from the slickly marketed PR and propaganda efforts of individuals and groups. Conspiracies exist. The CIA, the NSA, the security services and corporate boardrooms the world over are forms of conspiracies. Many view the banking crisis of the first decade of the 21st Century as a conspiracy. The housing and foreclosure crisis in the United States was very definitely a conspiracy. And by parceling truth and parsing words to their citizen’s governments engage in and feed conspiracy believers.
Some belief in conspiracy is healthy and necessary. Too much is fiction and dangerous to civil society. The line between the two is nebulous and ever-changing. This book does not seek to explore or exploit that line.
Still, it must be noted that we live in an age in with Truth is malleable and lies are truth. It is a line, once crossed, that we can never return to. In the absence of truth we are only left with pain, and the pain of others, whose priority must be negotiated. In reality, with the death of truth, we have become truth. We have become our own truth. In defending our island of truth we must negotiate a compromise with the truths of others. In that common ground we can begin to tear away the inhuman waste of cynicism.
There is a difference in rendering the truth and inventing it. Modern journalism, degraded as lawyerism, marketing, advocacy and propaganda has so degraded the quality of news as to call into question everything. That would potentially be a good thing in a world of a properly educated and skeptical populace, but here and now the garbage in garbage out adage unfortunately holds true.
Still, rendering the truth as accurately as possible must remain the ultimate standard. We are all witnesses to history, and if we render the present incorrectly what handicap or legacy do we create for the future? What does that do for the history of our time yet to be written?
First and paramount to this narrative is respect and compassion for the victims and their families. To that end it was the circumstances of their deaths which define the story. It is our nature to see ourselves in their place as a means of understanding and learning. That gives their lives added value. Their story has value because they have value. The passengers, crew and families were victims and as such they deserve and we all should demand justice. We would wish the same were we sitting in those seats high above eastern Ukraine that July afternoon ourselves. At the very least, that justice should come in the form of accuracy and sincerity.
The narrative relies on competent and rational media sources, direct photographic and video evidence collected and archived from the very beginning of the disaster. It also relies upon the author’s own experience and knowledge. The author comes to this with nearly 20 years in the airline business and the first hand experience of war. With a ready disdain for authority, a healthy skeptical nature and a distrust of media and governments, each fact, piece of evidence and report is filtered through that perspective. It was perspective that served the author while moving across that fractured entities of what was once Yugoslavia, and across war-torn frontlines.
The author readily admits a disdain for authority, especially in this circumstance. Authority pre-supposes rank, hierarchy, and by default control, submission and censorship. This book follows wholeheartedly the advice to writers by the late Serbian writer Danilo Kis,
“Believe you are more powerful than generals, but do not use them as a measuring rod.
Do not team up with anyone, the writer stands alone.
Do not believe in prophets, for you are a prophet.
Do not be a prophet: your power is doubt.
Do not seek moral justifications for those guilty of betrayal.
Study the thought of others, then reject it.
Do not imagine that writers are the “conscience of humanity”: you have seen too many scoundrels among them.
Do not let anyone tell you that you are a nobody: you have seen that warlords fear poets.
Grant no favors to princes and warlords.
Do not be tolerant out of good manners.
If you cannot say the truth, say nothing…”
The intention was to collect the evidence as thoroughly as possible and present it in a compelling way. The intention is not to move the reader to one political or ideological point of view, but to move the reader closer to their own humanity and to humanity in general. A terrible crime was committed in the skies above eastern Ukraine, and someone ought to be held to account for that.
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WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com
The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting. Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.