An aircrash is a horrifying event that brings grief and anger to the relatives of the victims, but the possibility that Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a missile will be obscene and outrageous if it’s proven to be true, and the thugs in the Kremlin will bear some responsibility if it does turn out that pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine fired the missile as has been reported in some media.
Whether this is true remains to be seen, but some media reports include alleged recordings of militia officers discussing the downing of the aircraft, while Ukrainian government officials were quick to pin the blame on those same groups.
The 295 passengers and crew on board the doomed aircraft must have suffered a terrifying ordeal which ended their lives in a brutal and savage way.
While relatives suffer their breavements, the search for the truth will begin, a task made difficult by the fact that the crash took place in the midst of a war zone, and with reports that the aircraft ‘black boxes’ were recovered by Moscow-backed militia fighting the Ukrainian government who sent them to Moscow; a move that is bound to anger the international community, especially Malaysia and the Ukraine.
Russia cannot be trusted with the evidence if it is in their possession. The US president has already spoken to Russian leader Vladimir Putin but what has been said is not clear.
Putin, who started the war against Ukraine by annexing the Crimea and has actively been supporting Russian led mercenaries fighting the Ukraine government with tanks, missiles and other equipment, made an outlandish statement saying:
“This tragedy would not have happened if there was peace in country, if military operations had not resumed in south east Ukraine.”
Putin is trying to smoke screen his own responsibility for his active support for Russian mercenaries who are attempting to tear more territory from Ukraine to enlarge Moscow’s growing empire, and which directly led to this tragedy.
The truth behind the downing of MH17 is already becoming mired before a genuine and unbiased investigation can begin.