What a horrid thing to wake up to – the news that 295 people have been shot down from the sky – 280 passengers and 15 crew on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Sitting here reading the stories coming in, from the first posts about how no one was admitting responsibility, to the latest, saying how it was hit by a missile fired from a BUK launcher.
NOTE: “There are various iterations of the BUK, which NATO calls the Grizzly, and the U.S. Department of Defense the SA-17. This is a sophisticated, radar-guided system, with a near certainty of striking a target aircraft once fired. The maximum range of the missile is about 28 miles, and with up to 150 pounds of high explosives in each 18-foot warhead, impact with a passenger aircraft would be devastating.”
Will this awful disaster be the catalyst that ends this ridiculous conflict? Please? At least let’s say this will change things?
The plane landed in a village called Grabovo – currently under the control of armed pro-Russian separatists. There’s been serious fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels recently… nerves were already shot, and now this. Where is the sense in this?
A massive loss to the world today is Professor Lange, a Dutch clinical researcher specialising in HIV therapy, who was on his way to Melbourne for the 20th annual AIDS Conference. A number of AIDS researchers, activists and officials were also on board, en route to do more good in the world.
“The Ukrainian president confirmed there will be negotiations with rebels in the east to establish a humanitarian corridor to the crash site.”
I should blimmin well hope so.
God… this is just so horrible. Feels like World War III.