Professor Marty Hellman has been involved with the US-USSR/Russia situation since the 1980s. He is a chief proponent for addressing the remaining nuclear issues in our midst. If you have time check his blog, Defusing the Nuclear Threat.
I've known Marty for years and have great respect for his knowledge in the field and his wisdom as he ponders these and other pressing issues.
Here he puts the tragic situation of the Malaysian plane downing in perspective.
Professor Emeritus Martin Hellman serves on Stanford University's Electrical Engineering faculty and its Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and writes a popular blog, Defusing The Nuclear Threat.
This article appeared in the Huffington Post on July 25, 2014.
The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 by a missile over rebel held territory in the eastern Ukraine is a tragedy that senselessly ended 298 lives. But to avoid more such catastrophes, we need to let grief, not anger, guide our response. Anger clouds sound judgment; it allows the current tragedy to become a seed for new ones. We need to grieve not only for the 298 lives lost, but also for our past mistakes which helped lay the foundation for their deaths.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media is feeding our anger and the mistaken perception that the blame for MH17 lies solely at Vladimir Putin's feet, with Friday's New York Times editorial claiming, "There is one man who can stop [the Ukrainian conflict] - Vladimir Putin."
Putin is far from blameless, but we have no control over his actions and complete control over our own. So, to be effective we need to search in the dark recesses of our own nation's soul, rather than cast stones at others.