The news here in America is full of people killing people, whether it is the worst violence in Chicago in years or the Israelis invading Gaza or separatists in the Ukraine shooting down a civilian airplane. People killing people. Humans have become quite adept at it. They have developed amazing weapons, airplanes with stealth technology that can sneak up on an "enemy," and sophisticated technology for surveillance. What's lost in all of this is humanity.
|MH17 Wreckage (Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)|
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 reminds us that we stand on the brink of a terrible abyss. That plane was full of human beings, civilians -- no spies, no soldiers, no threats to the Ukraine, Russia, or the separatists in eastern Ukraine. The passengers included 80 children and 3 infants. Each of the human beings that died -- that were murdered by the separatists who shot a surface-to-air missile at them -- deserves our utmost respect. Their bodies and belongings deserve the highest respect in how they are handled.
|Armed Separatists at crash site (Photo: Igor Kovalenko/European Pressphoto Agency)|
The news this morning was heartening. The separatists handed over the flight's black boxes to Malaysian officials. They have allowed the refrigerated train cars to leave the area for a Ukrainian-controlled area. They have allowed investigators to examine the plane's remains and begin their investigation. Finally. Is it too late for an unadulterated investigation, though? Has this crime scene been contaminated and changed? Now the separatists need to admit their culpability and take even more steps toward making amends to Malaysian Airlines and the countries from which the passengers came. It's the mature thing to do.
I have no illusions. One voice does not penetrate the international cacophony surrounding this event. The finger-pointing, obfuscation, and posturing will continue. The families of the victims only care about the return of their loved ones. But I wonder if, a year from now, anyone would have learned from this tragedy or if anyone would have taken responsibility.