Regarding the international disaster with the Malaysian aircraft exploding over eastern Ukraine, I'm deeply grieved and worried: first, for the victims on the plane; second, for the fact this disaster may never be solved; leaving blame to be projected on whichever side one champions; and third, in any case …. Russia catches the brunt of US-European condemnation for an accident they would have done anything to prevent. Logic tells me that after Putin has spent weeks urging negotiations, turning the cheek to US condemnations, in no way would Russia have put air-to-ground missiles that could reach 33,000 in the air in the hands of unskilled east Ukrainian soldiers. And for what reason would they ever consider shooting down a passenger plane far overhead?
So these are some questions:
Was it for sure a ground-to-air missile? Or was it an air-to-air missile? Did one or both sides have missiles that could strike at 33,000 feet? Was there another plane in the vicinity which could have carried out an air-to-air strike?
Who will gain from this tragedy? Who has the most to lose?
What is the world outside the US and Europe thinking saying about this latest debacle?
Are they suspicious of fowl play?
Is it worth it to start a regional war when no one can predict the unintended consequences––such as this disaster?
I'm reminded of a couple of days in 1983 after the 007 Korean airliner was shot down over Sakhalin Islands.
I was an RN in an ICU room in Alexian Brothers Hospital in San Jose. A comatose Korean patient was my patient for the night. In the darkened room a large American was standing watch. He turned out to be my patient's "brother-in-law." (The entire story is in my book.) The 007 had just been blown out of the sky by the Soviets for trespassing over their Pacific fleet of submarines during maneuvers. The big American was JJ Gresham, retired CIA pilot. When he revealed his background, I asked what he knew about the 007. He said the plane had a "belly" full of intelligence-gathering equipment as did many of the South Korean planes.