Since it seems like somebody's Russian-equipped proxy has either upped the ante big time or committed the biggest aircraft identification blunders since the USS Vincennes "incident in 1988, does anyone want to weigh in on the festering mess? I've seen contradictory reporting, allegations of foul-ups by the Malaysian government, allegations of concealment from the Ukrainians, the Russians, the "separatists", and the US government, a bit of lion roaring from the Brits, and silence from the Malaysians.
And on this site, the crickets are deafening.
Anybody care to weigh in?
I blame Russia mostly. Russia arms dumbasses with weapons that can take down a commercial airliner at altitude. Dumbasses do what dumbasses do -- mistake a commercial airliner for a cargo plane -- and blast it out of the sky. 300ish people die. The blood is partially on Russia for arming these idiots in the first place. If you're going to arm them, at least give 'em weapons they can handle.
I do wonder why in the hell Malaysian Airlines was routing a commercial plane over a warzone where a cargo plane had been shot down a few days before. Seems foreseeable that some asshole with a Russian surface-to-air missile could make a mistake. Don't fly over warzones where planes are getting shot down.
Apparently the routing was simply because it was a shorter distance, and therefore less expensive to fly. I've seen reporting that the FAA prohibited that particular airway to US airlines back in April, on a "just in case" basis.
Such a rush to judgement on this.