The world is still perplexed at the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Flight MH370 that was travelling from Kuala Lumpar to Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers on it, when another devastating news was reported today that Malaysia Flight MH17, carrying 298 people on board, heading to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, was shot out by a missile over the skies of Ukraine.
While the search for MH370 is ongoing in the southern Indian Ocean, considered to be purely an underwater effort now, as any chance of debris on the surface of the water has all but disappeared, the fate of MH17 can be painfully seen by what is left of the wreckage as it was brought down and crashed in Eastern Ukraine, over the province of Donetsk.
In the same vein, the country is still recovering from the devastation wrought by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013, especially those in the Visayas region, when another relatively strong typhoon, Glenda (Rammasun), hit Luzon, the northern part of the country.
Unlike Yolanda, however, where the tsunami-like sea surges killed most of the over 6,000 casualties, Glenda claimed only 68 lives, thanks to the lesson learned from Yolanda when people listened upon being called to evacuate from their homes and moved to safer places prepared for them.
While airplane tragedies and natural calamities are distressing and heartrending in its own respective ways, fighting nature, however, is not as grim and tragic because either you know or you are forewarned about it. Although Yolanda was an exception and storm surge was incomprehensible then, what is important is that people are on the ground, thus, giving them leeway to move around.
The same cannot be said, however, of airplanes cruising at an altitude of 33,000 ft or even much more less than that. The fact alone that you are so up there makes you leave your fate to God.
Planes are considered safe for mass transport, but when somebody with a sick mind decides to blow it out of the air with a powerful heat-seeking devise then you are gone before you can even say, amen.
It is one thing to be at the mercy of nature, but it is different when one becomes a victim of an ideologue or a group of ideologues.
Nature humbles its victims, but the victims of ideologues deserve justice.