Saturday, July 19, 2014
Some points about the Malaysian aircraft disaster
July 3, 1988: US warship Vincennes shoots down an Iranian passenger plane over the Persian Gulf, mistaking it for a threatening warplane, during the war between Iraq and Iran. All 290 people aboard are killed. The ship used the sophisticated Aegis air defense system.
So who is saying that the much more poorly equipped Ukrainian rebels could not have mistaken the airliner for a military transport?
But the most interesting question for me is what the plane was doing in a declared no-fly zone
In his latest offering, conservative Australian cartoonist ZEG offers some conspiracy theories about why the jet was shot down -- focusing on the aircraft's big contingent of AIDS experts
I deplore the attempt to blame Vladimir Putin. The deed was clearly done by rebels under no-one's control
I am inclined to blame the international community for refusing to recognize the reasonable demands of the Russians of Eastern Ukraine. They should not have had to resort to war to gain independence. One might remember that a war was fought to gain American independence way back. Has nothing been learned?
Posted by JR at 1:35 AM