Citizens of countries, both large and small, who value peace, freedom of movement and the sanctity of life, have shown outraged not only over the cold-blooded manner by which Malaysia Flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 passengers on board, was blown off by a surface-to-air missile system while passing over war-torn east Ukraine region of Donetsk, but also by the way the demagogues at the wreckage site treated the bodies, or what remained of it, with utter disrespect.
It did not help much that the plane went down in an area controlled by Russian-backed rebels, but what made it worse is that surely, the separatist won’t move a finger until instructed upon by Russian officials, considering the bestial crime that has impacted on the many countries of the world – going by the diversity of the passengers – and especially knowing that what got hit was a commercial plane.
Instead of preserving and securing the crash site, as expected in normal and civilized places, so that proper identification could be made on the bodies so they could be sent back to their loves ones as soon as possible, and evidences on the ground left untouched so experts investigating could easily determine from the tell-tale signs left of the wreckage as to who and what brought the airliner down, what was done instead was bagged the bodies and moved or cut vital evidences.
What made the bungled situation even bad is that not only did the rebels fired shots in the air to prevent journalist from approaching the crash site, but they also fired warning shots at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation, to prevent them from approaching the wreckage as well. This could only mean that the pro-Russian militants in the area must have received instructions from the Russian authorities to remain rebellious so no investigations could be made.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte aptly described his feelings, saying, “I am shocked by the images of utterly disrespectful behavior at the crash site. This is utterly disgusting.”
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott also appropriately describes the horrific scene, thus: “This is still an absolutely shambolic situation. It does look more like a garden clean-up than a forensic investigation.”
“Given the almost certain culpability of the Russian-backed rebels in the downing of the aircraft, having these people in control of the site is a little like leaving criminals in control of a crime scene,” Abbott added.
Abbott’s statement was supported by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who more recently stated that there was mounting evidence that a Russian-made missile, an SA-11, brought down the airliner. He said that a U.S. tracking analysis detected the launch of a surface-to-air missile with a trajectory that “went through the plane.”
“It obviously points a clear finger at the separatists,” he said.
While so much finger pointing has been done in the last 4-5 days, to the extent that even Russia, to whom most fingers were pointed at as the most culpable, blamed Ukraine’s government for creating the situation and atmosphere resulting for the plane being targeted. If the situation wasn’t so grim, it would have been laughable to lay the blame on Ukraine.
It is ironic that while the ordinary Russians understood the grieve consequence of their leader’s action by laying flowers and writing notes like, ‘forgive us’, the Russian president and his minions however, has remained apathetic.
Indeed, it would be interesting to see how Russia’s Vladimir Putin will react to his culpability and what further sanctions could be made now that Russia is facing an irate western and partly SEA world community.
(For more on this heinous crime, please go to this link: http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/07/20/what-is-a-buk-missile-at-a-glance/)