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?
Jews do not like Palestinians for blood ties, but because Israel is the work of socialist atheists. Their idea of policy is, give people a good standard of living, they will abandon non-economic / non-welfare thoughts or habits, sooner or later. Noble men the Zionists, but they knew almost nothing about politics...
Welcome back. How's about Uncle Sam avenge the deaths of Americans on that flight with an operation to wipe out those silly terrorists who?
I could go either way on Ukrainians. They are no one's enemies. Like everyone who knows what Eastern European politics looks like, I cannot rest easy while Russian power is unbroken. The entire region is defined by the impotence of allying against Russia, even in trying to bring in the EU or NATO to get some kind of safety (Estonia even joined the Euro, I guess, out of strategic desperation). There is nothing nearly as coherent or clear in domestic politics, more or less anywhere...
But this stirring terrorism is stirring terror everywhere where people notice. Then again, most people are great at not noticing. There's some fear whenever news comes up--then it goes away. I think the only constancy is that there is never any good foreign affairs news.
Yes, & yes...
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.