esmaspäev, aprill 03, 2006

The Estonia Ferry Disaster: Eestimaa's JFK Assassination?

The official word on the M/S Estonia - which sank off Finland en route from Tallinn to Stockholm in 1994, taking 852 lives, was that the visor bow door had failed in rough seas, opening the ship to the waters that eventually sank it.

Despite the pronouncement from Stockholm, conspiracy theories have abounded - some speculating that the ship was being used to transport Russian military intelligence via Estonia through Sweden and onwards to the United States or UK. According to the most popular theory, as espoused in German journalist Jutta Rabe's 2003 film Baltic Storm (which sucked, by the way), an explosion onboard caused the ship to sink.

Adding more fuel to the fire, a Swedish customs officer in 2004 announced that yes, the ship had been used to smuggle Russian military secrets out of Estonia. This prompted Tallinn to set up its own investigation which confirmed the officer's account and accuses the Swedes of stonewalling their investigation in a report disclosed last week.

Now, as Sweden's The Local reported this week, some of Estonia's cabinet ministers didn't want to disclose the report because they felt it was so controversial.

Somehow, I wonder if this story will be a controversy that never dies, like the assasination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 in the US. We too had a questionable official report, conflicting testimony from eyewitnesses, suspicious actions from involved governments, and high-profile films made about conspiracy theories. But that mystery has never been solved - and it's likely that this one won't be either.

6 kommentaari:

Jens-Olaf ütles ...

No, it can be solved. The answer is diving to the ship again. But this is a big political issue.

Jens-Olaf ütles ...

And I missed another important point. If an explosion brings down an air plane or they consider an explosion as cause of the crash then they are looking for every piece they can get. Contrary with the ferry Estonia, an important part of evidence was thrown back into the sea. There are many reasons to be angry about the offical investigations. And this has nothing to do with conspiracy theories.

Giustino ütles ...

Oh I agree, Jens-Olaf. There is a legitimate basis for all of these inquests.

Yet unfortunately, all of these inquests will be channeled through the states of Finland, Sweden, and Estonia, and so who really knows what the real situation is.

Like the JFK assassination there will be a lot of evidence, but because of all the speculation surrounding the event, I believe it will be difficult for anybody to believe anybody in the end.

Giustino ütles ...

I should remind you that our president was very much shot dead in 1963 - and despite several inquests, nobody believes the official state report - that Oswald acted alone, and that there was no conspiracy.

Anonüümne ütles ...

Not sure what really happened to Estonia but something is rotten in the state of Denmark that's for sure. As to JFK, it seems to be quite simple. He was assassinated by international banking elite that owns Federal Reserve, so called Fed. He had an idea to get rid of federal reserve (Fed is the elite's biggest scam of the 20th century, it's as much "federal" as Federal Express) and took a few important steps towards it, one of them was printing United States Reserve notes (congress has the constitutional right to print its own money instead of borrowing it from private consortium of banks). It was a public execution, a lesson for anybody out there not to mess with the corrupted elite. As baron Rothschild said "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws."

gadfly ütles ...


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R. Drysdale