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Scott Ritter is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of 'SCORPION KING: America's Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.' He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, served in General Schwarzkopf's staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991 to 1998 served as a chief weapons inspector with the UN in Iraq. Mr Ritter currently writes on issues pertaining to international security, military affairs, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as arms control and nonproliferation.

The truth about Bucha is out there, but perhaps too inconvenient to be discovered

It should be easy to find out what really happened to the massacred civilians in the Ukrainian town.

“In war, truth is the first casualty.” This quote has been attributed to Aeschylus, a 6th BCE Greek tragedian noted for his “copious use of imagery, mythic allusion, grand language, wordplay and riddles.” It is only fitting, therefore, that the man who first gave word to the concept of modern-day war-time propaganda would see his quote come to life in the present-day Ukraine. The Kiev government and their Western information warfare advisers may have coopted all of Aeschylus’ playwright devices to craft a modern-day tragedy in the Ukrainian town of Bucha that exemplifies the notion of the lie as not just a byproduct, but also a weapon of war.

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The main source of the Bucha tragedy reports is a videotape, taken by the Ukrainian National Police, of one of their convoys driving through a street in the town. A dozen or so corpses litter the roadway, many of them appearing to have been bound. This video has gone viral, producing a pandemic of anguish and anger that has swept over much of the world, capturing the attention of heads of state and the head of the Catholic Church alike, resulting in a tidal wave of condemnation and outrage directed at Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. The cause-and-effect relationship between the video and the global backlash is clear – the former could not exist without the latter.

One of the first lessons of objectivity is to slow things down to make sure that fact is not obscured by emotion. The Bucha videotape is disturbing. The video has been released in its present form, it appears, with the express intent of producing a visceral “shock and awe” moment for the viewer. If this was indeed the case, then those who released it – the Ukrainian National Police – have succeeded beyond their wildest imagination. Or that of their advisors, as the case may be.

The linkage between the dead and the Russian military was established immediately, without any fact-based data to back it up, and subsequently echoed in all forms of media – mainstream and social alike. Anyone who dared question the established “Russia did it” narrative was shouted down and belittled as a “Russian shill,” or worse.

That these conclusions are the byproduct of mass hysteria is beside the point – why seek to be objective when the narrative fits every stereotype that had been carefully assembled beforehand by the same people parroting the Bucha story today. Social “preconditioning” of an audience unused to critical thinking is an essential step in getting this audience to accept at face value anything that is put before it, regardless of how egregiously the facts of the story strain credulity. And let’s be clear – the Ukrainian narrative of the events in Bucha seems to stretch credibility.

The chronology of the narrative produces the first red flag that the story being peddled by Ukraine, and echoed in the West, is not what it seems. It is established fact that Russian troops evacuated Bucha on March 30. Ukrainian National Police began entering Bucha on March 31, and that same day the mayor of Bucha announced that the town was fully under the control of Ukrainian officials. At no time was there any suggestion by the mayor or any other Ukrainian official of mass killings undertaken by Russia. The videotape in question was released by Ukrainian authorities on April 2; it is not certain if the video had been taken earlier, or on that day. What is certain is that the images shown in the video differed sharply from the narrative initially portrayed by the mayor.

For its part, Russia has vehemently denied the allegations, and has requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss what the Russian Foreign Ministry has called the “criminal provocations by Ukrainian soldiers and radicals” in Bucha. The presidency of the Security Council is held by Great Britain, and the British mission to the UN has denied the Russian request, stating that a discussion on Ukraine currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 would serve as a forum for any discussion about Bucha.

One would think that the Security Council, which has shown a readiness in the past to meet on short notice to discuss the events coming out of Ukraine, would seek to accommodate Russia’s request on a matter of such importance. The goal of the British, however, does not appear to be the rapid search for truth and justice, but rather to buy time to allow the political fallout from the alleged massacre in Bucha to develop further.

One example of this tactic manifesting itself is the reaction of US President Joe Biden. “You saw what happened in Bucha,” he explained in comments to reporters, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is a war criminal.” Biden took advantage of the Bucha crisis to advocate for the delivery of more weaponry to Ukraine. “We have to continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to continue the fight,” he said. “And we have to gather all the detail so this can be an actual – have a war crimes trial.”

All this from the president of a country which has refused to recognise the International Criminal Court. For reasons which should be obvious to anyone willing to apply some critical thought.

Fortunately for President Biden and the Ukrainian government, the British chief prosecutor of the court, Karim Khan, announced in early March 2022 that he had launched an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine.

Given the high profile of the Bucha allegations, one would imagine that Khan has dispatched a forensics team to take control of the crime scene and oversee autopsies on the victims to establish the time of death, mechanism of death, and whether the victims had died where they were allegedly found, or if their bodies had been moved there from another location.

Khan would also be empowered to conduct interviews with the Ukrainian National Police, who have a history of close relations with members of the Ukrainian far right, including the infamous Azov Battalion. Of particular interest would be any investigation into orders given to the police regarding the treatment of those Ukrainian civilians deemed to have collaborated with the Russian military during its occupation of Bucha.

The results of such an investigation would more than likely conflict with the narrative being pursued by the Ukrainian government and echoed in the West by compliant media outlets and politicians alike. This is the prime reason why Khan is not currently on the ground in Bucha. One can assume that if and when Khan is eventually given access to evidence about the Bucha killings, it will have been manipulated by the Ukrainian National Police to such an extent that disproving the allegations will be virtually impossible.

The truth about what happened in Bucha is out there, waiting to be discovered. Unfortunately, that truth appears to be inconvenient for those in a position to pursue it aggressively through a forensics-based, on-site investigation. If it so happens that it eventually emerges that the Ukrainian National Police murdered Ukrainian civilians for the crime of allegedly collaborating with the Russians during their brief occupation of Bucha, and the forces of international law are brought to bear against the true perpetrators of that crime, any true pursuit of justice would have to include both the US and UK governments as witting co-conspirators in any crime charged.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of DTNZ.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Why NZ media and politicians jump into making strong statements based on one-sided and dodgy (video) claims?

    Done we have anyone in the intelligence/defence and other ministries to perform a prima facie assessment and advice the PM and FM? We do have a bulged civil service and all of them are not idiots.

    If our politicians are just mockbird media of US interests, we have reached a pathetically low position in international politics. NZ used to take independent stand…..

    Ukranaians have an established history of making fake videos and making a internet warfare. US/EU, Canada, Australia and UK are involved in the hybrid warfare except putting the army in this conflict. Do we have any secret agreement to support the stand taken by US/UK/Canada/Australia being part of the “five-eyes”?

    The current political power, both ruling and opposition, does not sand on its own legs. What was dismissed as “conspiracy theories” are becoming true… Once trust is lost, it is very hard to gain. If trust is not gained, we go down as a decent scoiety.

    Some used to say “Anything MSM focuses, ignore. Anything MSM ignores, focus.” One will agree if we listen to the latest he analysis presented in The Duran show

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SN7o-ThhFfY

    • Our own Monica Gerry Brownlee Lewinsky wants to send arms to Zelensky. Brownlee will probably fit the job vacated by Cat Pause better than his current National’s spokesman for foriegn affairs. Given the very low standing of his imposed party leader Luxon, who likes hide under the skirt of Jabcinda in promoting Pfizer, nothing surprises me. Cant choose between National & Labour and they are almost the same in being agents of Globalists.

  2. It’s almost impossible for any of us to know for certain, esp all the way down here in NZ, exactly what is happening in Ukraine with the Russian invasion, and why, and who?

    Ukrainian and Russian conflict has been ongoing for decades and their historic political interactions highly fraught. We reliably know that Joe and Hunter Biden are no choir boys when it comes to dubious international financial dealings, courting and being paid for by the enemy and flying dangerously close to the wind. Also, that the US and Russia have both been involved in causing, furthering, supporting and participating in many wars worldwide, hot and cold.

    Wars are highly lucrative business for the moneyed and powerful, many of whom we may never know or see. In their hands, certain politicians are mere unwitting or partly/fully aware chess pieces in the manipulation of world events, wars included.

    Innocent trusting people, citizens, throughout the world whether civilian or soldier then become pawns, ultimately, in rich men and women’s lust for more wealth and therefore power.

    How is this achieved in a public?
    Why do we go to war and believe it a worthy cause? Or that one side, or our side, is innocent? And another side guilty?
    Unless we have firsthand knowledge/experience we rely mostly on mainstream media who are usually a govt’s mouthpiece.

    Mainstream media are well known to play to our allegiances, and deride or demonise those with opinions or knowledge the media’s handler’s or govts deem undesirable or counter to their intentions.

    My concern in this for all the innocent people in Ukraine and other countries experiencing invasion, being shot at, bombed, raped, murdered, tortured, losing and being separated from their loved ones and having to flee their homes and countries.

    And why? And for what? And for who?

    Who will benefit ultimately from this or any other conflict – and how they will benefit.
    And who will suffer and how will they suffer?
    These are questions I ask.

    In that breath this video is worth viewing, https://youtu.be/4oVpt_I9iQQ

  3. Luxon statements such as “Our sanctions at the moment are relatively weak”, “war criminal” etc clearly shows how cunning he is to gain political advanatage and willing to dangerously shift NZ interest to US interest. Unless we take a neutral stand like Austria or even join and revive the old Non-aligned Movement, our imbalanced relationship with the West will become something similar to the Lewinsky-Clinton relationship.

    When it comes to trade US/UK and EU place more barriers on us than China. Yes, we trade a lot with Australia and it does not mean we cannot have an independent stand. US, UK and EU are still buying a lot from Russia and the media does not report it. Keep trade out of the hybrid war tool chest. We will pay a bigger price in the long run if we align too much with the US.

    Luxon is not surprising at the end of the day because he is simply a globalist agent and works for his own selfish interest. An imposed leader after all.

    • NZ can become the switzerland of Asia if we stay out of conflicts and just focus on manufacturing and trade. Instead of seizing this opportunity, we are taking sides and become another economic colony of the globalists. In future, many more will be renting and live in poverty with no per capita productivity growth, high private and public debt, importing everyday consumer goods etc and become a very divided society like US. Luxon is likely to be worse than Key in selling our country and the productive land to US, Canadian and the West. Jabcinda any better? Certainly not. We are really fcuked with the state of current political leadership.

      • Desperation knows no bounds. West is spearheading theivery calling it as sanctions in the name of saving democracy. Germany and UK seize Gazprom assets. Biden blocks Russian bond payments.

        Watch the analysis these actions in this video

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GBmjdRmyhoU

        Germany is done thanks to Uncle Sam. Russia will shift towards China and East to supply gas and oil, which is the essential stuff.

        In the sixies, Russia suggested reunification as long as Germany remains neutral and does not join NATO. US refused for Germany to remain neutral, and finally German reunification happened after the fall of Soviet Union.

        The unequal relationship between Germany and US now forces Germany to take the same line as the US. This is going to hurt Germany badly who is dependent on Russian supplies but there is no political will to oppose US.

        If NZ aligns more with US, we will be told to stop exporting to China when US takes on China, and then our economy will be done.

        NZ has to be remian neutral for its own self interest. We all know the essence of what Henry Kissinger said during the Vietnam war.

        To be an enemy of America can be dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal.

  4. Henry Kissinger once said that “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”

    Being an ally to US is like having casual sex and no permanent relationship or legal status.

    Kiwi politicians want short term fun now even though we took strong moral independent stand during cold war.

  5. […] Scott Ritter (A szerző az amerikai tengerészgyalogság egykori hírszerző tisztje és a SCORPION KING: Amerika öngyilkos ölelése a nukleáris fegyverekkel FDR-től Trumpig című könyv szerzője. A Szovjetunióban szolgált az INF-szerződés végrehajtásának felügyelőjeként, az Öböl-háború idején Schwarzkopf tábornok állományában, 1991-től 1998-ig pedig az ENSZ fegyverzeti főfelügyelője volt Irakban. Ritter jelenleg a nemzetközi biztonsággal, katonai ügyekkel, Oroszországgal és a Közel-Kelettel, valamint a fegyverzetellenőrzéssel és az atomsorompó-val kapcsolatos kérdésekről ír.) […]

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