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Samantha Power Defends a War Criminal

Am I dreaming or is it true that Samantha Power is defending the war criminal Churkin in the pages of the NYTimes? Nobody did more than this disgusting piece of human refuse to defend the culprits of the MH17 being shot down. Nobody did more to ensure that this horrible crime was forgotten. Nobody ridiculed the victims just as actively.

Power has the gall to call Churkin “one of the best hopes the United States and Russia had of working together.” Working together on what? I need to ask. On shooting down planes full of civilians? On concealing war crimes? Both countries have done all this beautifully without any help from each other.

This is why the Obama administration didn’t manage to propel a successor into the White House. All of this uncertainty about what the hell the administration was trying to do weakened it and made people tired of it.

The freak of Churkin is dead. What is the pressing need to fellate his corpse so actively in the press is a total mystery to me.

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5 thoughts on “Samantha Power Defends a War Criminal

  1. I had a dispute with a Putin troll that wrote so perfect Swedish that he(?) must be born here or been studying our language for many years. He claimed that the Dutch investigation proved that the Ukrainians shot down the airliner – as it was hit by cannon fire from an U fighter – but those cannons shoot rather small shells, 37 mm, an inch and a half, they explode on impact and have a limited effect. The fuselage of the downed plane showed many holes from shrapnel emitted from a missile made to detonate a distance from the target, lika anti aircraft missiles do. I think they are called SAM – surface to air missiles. Those SAMs that are used in the battlefield are for defense against attacking enemy planes – so they won’t have the range to hit a plane flying at 10.000 meters (about 30.000 feet) So it is an advanced strategic missile, radar and computer guided, far beyond the handling skills of the rebels – even when sober.

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    • This is some stupid troll stuck in the past. By now nobody disputes that it was a SAM, Russians just insist it was an Ukrainian one… Even though the Ukrainians had nobody to shoot at, since the rebels do not have any air force.

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      • “This is some stupid troll stuck in the past. By now nobody disputes that it was a SAM, Russians just insist it was an Ukrainian one… ”

        • I’m always surprised at how many people repeat very stale propaganda that the propaganda’s sources don’t even support any more.

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  2. The job of the country’s representative to the UN is to defend his/her country (not his country’s adversaries and not the abstract whole humankind… Imagine the Israeli representative at the UN suddenly denouncing Israel and pledging support to the Palestinians, for example.) in this arena. Even if his/her country is in the wrong. If one in this position refuses to do exactly that, one will be exchanged for someone who will do it. So if Churkin refused to do his job, we would be discussing some Pupkin now, but otherwise the situation would be exactly the same.

    Powers, being in the same position as Churkin (i.e. having personal experience of justifying questionable actions of her country and its allies, and not refusing to do that on ethical grounds) is taking the only non-hypocritical stance that is possible for her in her particular situation – “respect towards the worthy opponent”.

    What disturbs me more is the admission of inviting Churkin to her home and going to the NBA games with him… This was not required by “respect towards the worthy opponent”. If this is OK for Powers, why is it not OK for Flynn? This undermines the credibility of the whole “one should not fraternize with Russia” rhetoric…

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    • “The job of the country’s representative to the UN is to defend his/her country (not his country’s adversaries and not the abstract whole humankind… ”

      • I know, I know, he was just doing his job. 🙂 But he was not forced into this job and this life by forces beyond his control. He chose to be what he was, and I detest him for that.

      “If this is OK for Powers, why is it not OK for Flynn? This undermines the credibility of the whole “one should not fraternize with Russia” rhetoric…”

      • Yes, absolutely. This is a contest between guileless idiocy and deliberate malevolence. And I’m not sure which is worse.

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