When a war crime results in an international tragedy, we want answers. We want them now. We want to know who, and we want to know why. Sadly, it isn’t always that easy, especially when the people responsible seem to be trying to do all they can to obscure the evidence. At this point, I consider the most likely scenario is that Russian separatists, using Russian equipment in which they were not trained well enough to use, thought the plane was a Ukrainian cargo plane and shot it down, but there are other possibilities.
The United States government has concluded that the passenger jet felled over Ukraine was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory and most likely provided by Russia to pro-Moscow separatists, officials said on Friday.
While American officials are still investigating the chain of events leading to the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Thursday, they pointed to a series of indicators of Russian involvement. Among other things, military and intelligence officials said there was mounting evidence that a Ukrainian military plane shot down three days earlier had been fired upon from inside Russian territory by the same sort of missile battery used to bring down the civilian jet.
The intelligence persuaded President Obama to publicly lay responsibility at least indirectly at the door of the Kremlin. Speaking at the White House, he tried to channel international indignation toward Russia for what he called an “outrage of unspeakable proportions.” Mr. Obama said the episode should be “a wake-up call for Europe” and “should snap everybody’s heads to attention” about what is going on in Ukraine, where a pro-Russia insurgency has become an international crisis…
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As the article points out the missile may have also been fired from inside Russia. What follows is a hypothesis only. I won’t call it a theory, because there is insufficient evidence for that designation.
Vladimir Putin (R-RU), aka GOP Pootie, became the darling of the Republican Party because of his hatred for LGBT people and his willingness to persecute his own gay citizens. As a rule homophobic hatemongers like Putin and the Republican Party think of AIDS as a gay disease. With that in mind it is possible that Putin had that plane targeted, because of who some of the passengers were.
More than 100 AIDS experts and public health officials on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Australia were among those killed when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday. Their deaths prompted an outpouring of grief from their colleagues.
“The International AIDS Society today expresses its sincere sadness at receiving news that a number of colleagues and friends en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference taking place in Melbourne, Australia, were on board the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight that has crashed over Ukraine earlier today,” the group's organizers said.
Among the passengers was Glenn Thomas, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, and Joep Lange, an eminent HIV researcher from the Netherlands who was also the former president of the International AIDS society.
Lange led a campaign to expand affordable care for HIV patients in impoverished regions. He is considered an icon in the AIDS medical community…
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It is possible that Putin saw these researchers as representative of those who oppose his GOP gay-hatred and targeted this airliner for elimination. A cure for AIDS would be devastating for pseudo-Christians, as they use it so much as “proof” of God’s condemnation of gays. Now I consider my hypothesis far less likely than the one I presented first, but until we actually know, we need to consider every scenario that fits. Already some Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians are claiming the plane was shot down, because God wanted to punish the researchers.