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One day The Power will reveal The Truth to the world, and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord of All. Until then, we are at the mercy of those who control “truth” for their own gains, but only as the Lord allows.
The question, "What really happened?" is the essence of seeking truth. Malaysian Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 298 civilians on board. "Who" shot the plane down, "how," and "why" did they shoot the plane down are still questions with elusive answers.
I have followed news of this act of war from all over the world and have read conflicting reports speculating and in some cases trying to prove who, how and why. Long ago I learned to consider the source when evaluating the verity of allegations.
Having returned from Russia just a few weeks ago, and having made new friends there, I have been exchanging news stories with them about this act. Needless to say, we are receiving differing accounts of what may or may not have happened. Will the world ever know the truth? Just as history is written by the victors, "truth" is always dictated by those in power.
Russian news media and Russian government sources report the probability that Ukraine is responsible for the shoot down. Some have said Ukrainian fighter jets shot the plane down. Other reports say Ukraine military shot down MH17 with a SA-11 rocket. Still others have speculated whether a bomb on board MH17 took the plane down.
Technology may be able to prove how MH17 was brought down. Satellite tracking and surveillance, along with recovery of "black boxes" from the plane could answer the "how" question. From what I've heard and read, I doubt any investigation at the crash site will tell us how MH17 was taken down, because the crash site has been under complete control of rebels fighting in Ukraine. Video evidence has documented rebel soldiers removing bodies and evidence from the crash site.
Early reporting indicated the act may have been a mistake. Why would anyone deliberately shoot down a civilian airliner and kill 298 innocent civilians? What could one who controlled the power to shoot down an airliner flying at 33,000 feet possibly gain from committing such an act of war?
My Russian friends have sent news accounts speculating Ukraine has the most to gain from such an act, because the shoot down would draw the world's attention to Ukraine who would then use the attention to blame Russia not only for the act, but also for all the civil unrest in eastern Ukraine.
 As I write this, questions of who, how and why have not been definitively answered.
 Americans have observed more than our fair share of government and mainstream media's complicitous cover ups, including Fast and Furious, NSA spying, Benghazi videos, and IRS targeting without a "smidgeon" of corruption. The 2013 "Lie of the Year" award is reason enough Americans don't trust the Obama administration or the mainstream media. "Truth" is always dictated by those in power.
 In the case of MH17, 298 innocent civilians and their families and friends have suffered unimaginable agonies of a war they were not even part of. But, now they are inescapably part of that war.
 What is the issue in the war in Ukraine? Ukraine is the rope in a tug of war between the government of Russia and the West. How will the war end? The victors will justify the means and end of the war.

Daniel L. Gardner
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