Geopolitics: Dutch investigators have found that last year's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine was the work of a Russian BUK missile system. Memo to Russia: Your weapon, your responsibility.
The picture presented by the Dutch Safety Board in its first report on the commercial airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, at a cost of 298 lives was shocking.
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The cockpit of flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was blown away by a missile fired with a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air system.
With the pilots blown to bits and a big gaping hole where the cockpit once was, the passengers, if any were still alive, watched in horror as the pressure dropped.
Anything not strapped down blew about the cabin, and the headless plane continued traveling on for five miles until it crashed into sunflower and wheat fields over a 20-mile area in eastern Ukraine.
There's not a human being alive who doesn't feel for the huge loss of life — Australians, Dutch, Indonesians, Malaysians and at least one American — as well as the painful blow to Malaysian Airlines, a good airline that was already reeling from another lost jet over the Indian Ocean just months earlier.
The purpose of the Dutch report was solely to ascertain what happened, not to assign blame. That will be done in another report later this year year.
For that reason, it's critical that all parties involved come clean on what happened, what they knew, and who was involved, so that no one will ever have to read about an incident like this again.Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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