The world must condemn them
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Eleven countries have been affected by the dastardly firing of a missile at a commercial flight carrying 298 civilians from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where many of them were supposed to take connecting flights to other places in Asia.
The passengers were on board an aircraft of the Malaysian Airlines that makes regular flights to and from these countries. From the number of those on board, we can conclude that they are very popular destinations. As later ferreted out by the media, most of them were on vacation, some students, probably taking advantage of the remaining days before classes resume. Others were looking forward to reunions with their families after being away for a long time.
Now all these plans no longer have a chance of being realized, because of the trigger-happy men, believed to be “separatists” or rebels, willing to move from their own country, Ukraine, into the bosom of Communist Russia, who shot off a dangerous missile without verifying if their target was an enemy aircraft or not. Their evil act led to a fiery and horrifying death for 298 innocent people who had nothing whatsoever to do with their conflict.
The worst thing about what happened is the attempt of the perpetrators to finger-point and pass the blame to others, despite the strong evidences pointing to them. Just as disgusting is the reaction of both the rebels and the president of Russia himself, who, by his statements, has not shown any sign of sympathy or willingness to assist in the investigation to determine those responsible for the actual firing.
There are 11 nations now grieving over the fate of their countrymen. Together, they should all call upon the rest of the world to pressure the suspects in this dastardly act and the countries shielding them by sanctions that will show, in no uncertain terms, that the entire community of humanity condemns them.*