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?
How is that Malaysian Air's fault? That is the standard commercial route and most airlines were not re-routing.
"And on this site, the crickets are deafening."
A single f was given for Israel / Gaza, either.
What's there to say? Palestinian government fires rockets into Israel to bait them into responding with force. Israel responds. Palestinians get indignant. Lapdogs follow suit. "How dare those evil Jews respond to our rockets?!? The fascists are killing all the innocent people that that we put near our rocket launchers. Netanyahu is Hitler reincarnated!"
Its all a Palestinian PR move. Some buy it. I don't. About what you'd expect from a people that elected a terrorist organization. Democracy ain't for everyone.
Well it is not like the Israel/Palestine conflict is anything new, it's been the same thing for years, just going on and on and on. The problem is Hamas is using civilians as human shields then when Israel retaliates against an attack civilians die and they become evil Zionist pigs, not that Israel doesn't give civilians fair warning to vacate the area. The solution is simple, Palestine has to accept a two state solution, this has been offered in the past on multiple occasions and each time the response to Israel's offer has been an attack or a war.
The problem isn't Hamas using human shields. The problem is an illegal occupation and the ongoing violation of basic human rights resulting in an asymetric conflict. And it's a chicken / egg situation. See South Africa for how it can be fixed.
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.