The five worst MH17 conspiracy theories

The Russian media, seemingly propped up by a rag-tag band of cyber conspiracy theorists, has been indulging some pretty bonkers stuff.

The Russian media, seemingly propped up by a rag-tag band of cyber conspiracy theorists, has been indulging some pretty bonkers stuff

To most people it seems pretty clear that the MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was probably shot down by separatist forces in Ukraine, potentially with Russian involvement.

The same isn’t true, however, if you live in Russia – nor if you spend much time hanging around the dark fringes of the internet, where conspiracy theories are spreading at an impressive rate, even by online standards.

For Vladimir Putin, it’s all Ukraine’s fault – and Russian media, seemingly propped up by a rag-tag band of cyber conspiracy theorists, has been going full-steam to follow his advice in spreading this ‘objective’ picture.

With that in mind, here are the five worst conspiracy theories on the MH17 flight disaster that we’ve seen over the weekend:

1. The ‘it was meant to be Putin’s plane’ conspiracy

Russia Today (RT) has been propagating a completely anonymous story cited by the Moscow-based Interfax news agency, claiming that the Russian Presidential Plane “may have been the target of the attack” as Putin’s IL-96 flight crossed paths with MH17…over Warsaw. They cite an “anonymous source in the aviation industry”, though to add mystery (and arguably a lack of credibility) to the claim, the Presidential office refused to comment.

RT evidence for point 1

2. Blaming the Ukrainian government

“The overall responsibility must lie with those who have created this war in Ukraine… I think there is a strong likelihood that the Ukrainian authorities did this,” says British ‘journalist’ Neil Clark, again over at RT. Despite hedging a few of his comments, every question during the interview was aimed at pointing the finger at the Ukrainian government instead of the separatist rebels.

Towards the end of the segment, Clark says something which sums up the tone of Russia Today’s coverage: “I wouldn’t travel on Malaysian airways, would you after this?’”.

3. The Illuminati

It will be lost on those who do not follow the amusing world of numerologists and tin-foil hatters, but some are claiming that a secretive network of global elites linked with ‘the occult’ plotted the whole thing. Apparently the links to the number 7 – long associated with the Illuminati – prove that the disaster was part of a clandestine plot to launch a global war in order to initiate a ‘New World Order’. The evidence? MH17 was a Boeing 777 (lots of sevens there!) and made its first flight on July 17, 1997 – 17 years ago to the day. Well there you go.

4. The ‘false flag’

Much of the Illuminati talk centres on the idea of a ‘false flag’, which involves making it look like an enemy did something in order to have an excuse to attack them. This relies on the notion that the West and the Ukrainian government want a massive nuclear war with Russia.

infowars - alex jones - false flagj

One popular site distributing this particular conspiracy theory is Info Wars. Asking why MH17 was flying over war-torn Ukraine, Info Wars David Knight claimed that the flight was asked by the air controller to fly at 32, 000 feet – lower than American flights which traditionally fly at 35,000 feet and therefore easier to shoot down. In reality 32,000 feet is fairly standard for European flights.

5. The ‘Israel did it’ conspiracy

Iranian state-controlled Press TV are ‘reporting’ the words of the (completely obscure) US Veterans Today editor James Henry Fetzer, which essentially argues that Israel probably caused the crash to distract from the war in Gaza.

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Because the world can’t deal with two news stories at the same time, clearly.

“Russia has nothing to gain from this. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu had everything to gain because it was occurring by remarkable coincidence at the very same time Israel is launching its massive inhumane savage slaughter of the Palestinian people in Gaza,” he writes.

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82 Responses to “The five worst MH17 conspiracy theories”

  1. swatnan

    There is a 6th: that Mossad organised the whole thing to divert attention away from its invasion of Gaza.

  2. swatnan

    Apologies! did comment before reading stuff. Just shows that great minds think alike!.

  3. vector56

    Swatnan: “Apologies! did comment before reading stuff. Just shows that great minds think alike!.

    conspiracy theorists; seems to be the default position assigned to anyone or anything that does not conform to the Status Quo. Note that those who claim the “high ground”, that reason and logic usually end up in lock-step with the Government and the Corporate Media. I realize that by stating this (deviating from the narrative) I too will fall into that vast pit where anything other than official press releases by those in power are labeled “conspiracy theories”. Ask yourselves, who would gain the most in the propaganda war shooting down this plane over territory controlled by the rebels? The “new normal” points the “conspiracy Theory” finger just for daring to question the narrative. No Swatnan, “great minds do “not” think alike”. Do you really have that much faith in the US government who supported the Taliban in Afghanistan just to stick a finger in the eye of the Russians? Now our same CIA supports right wing Nationalistic NAZIS in Kiev for the same reasons. So far I am sticking to the facts (no conspiracy theories); our government has a history of “false flag” operations (Gulf of Tonkin). I am betting that the right wing Nationalist supported by the West shot the plane down. Why, to trigger the Western Corporate Media Propaganda “blitz” against the rebels.

  4. swatnan

    Its not the first time Govts have colluded with Israel. Remember Suez.

  5. TN

    Glad someone said this. The type of language used in LFF re foreign policy is that which aims to discredit any voices that deviate from accepted/mainstream western narratives on who the good and bad guys are.

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