INCIDENT AT SAKHALIN by Michel Brun

by JF

The author is a Frenchman who also speaks Japanese. He traveled to Japan and spent a great deal of time investigating the 1983 Korean Airlines Flight 007 tragedy. What he discovered is quite shocking.
Brun is extremely detail-oriented, so much so that most of this book is mind-numbingly tedious–it’s cluttered with labyrinthine dry facts, interspersed with Brun’s dry conjectural attempts to find his way out of the maze into which his assiduous research has led him. Yet, boring for the reader though it may be, this meticulous personality trait of Brun’s would seem to lend more credence to his research.

There is too much evidence that is missing or has been suppressed to ever know with certitude what happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007, but Brun provides more evidence than anyone whose work I have encountered thus far in the matter, and what he puts forward as a very probable scenario behind the disaster makes much more sense than anything thus far postulated.

Brun’s surmise is this: The “official story” about the fate of Korean Airlines Flight 007 is fake (no surprise there); at no point did the airliner fly over Sakhalin Island, although it did deviate from its authorized flight path and may indeed have been taking part in an espionage operation for U.S. intelligence, via South Korean intelligence (moderate surprise); and finally, there was in fact a major air battle in the area between U.S. and U.S.S.R. forces, provoked by the U.S., which resulted in the loss of some 10 U.S. aircraft, coming perilously close to inciting World War III, and Korean Flight 007 appears to have been brought down only collaterally to this “Battle of Sakhalin,” and perhaps even by friendly U.S. or Japanese fire (bit of a bigger surprise on that one, huh?).

Sounds crazy, right? Try reading it as Brun has outlined it. It won’t sound so crazy then.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
11/2009

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