Culture

UN: Downing of MH17 Jet in Ukraine ‘May Be War Crime’

You don’t think?!! The BBC:

Wreckage of MH17, 26 Jul 14

The downing of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a “war crime”, the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says.

Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a missile system supplied by Russia. All 298 people on board – most of them Dutch – died on 17 July.

Moscow and the rebels have blamed Ukrainian forces for the plane crash…

Rest here.

Church

Where Is The Humanity at the MH17 Crash Site?

Why were no representatives of the Church in the field praying for the dead?

In the Catholic Herald.

A piece of the plane with the sign "Malaysian airlines" lies in the grass as a group of Ukrainian coal miners search the site of a passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, eastern Ukraine (PA)

The television coverage from Ukraine, from the crash site of the unfortunate Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, is almost too painful to watch.

It is painful to watch because it reminds us of nearly 300 innocent people who have lost their lives, and who have met painful, frightening deaths when they least expected it.

It is painful to watch, because it is the scene of a tragedy. This should not have happened. This could have been avoided. There was absolutely nothing necessary or inevitable about these deaths.

But it goes further than this. The pain caused by witnessing the crash scene on our screens is made worse by what is going on there. The ‘emergency workers’, who are trampling over the scene, do not seem to be exercising the necessary care and respect which is necessary in the presence of tragedy. The site has not been effectively cordoned off – a necessity given the danger of preserving a crime scene from contamination, but also a necessary step in ensuring respect for the dead who lie there.

The dead have been left to lie there for two days in hot whether. Why? Is this the right way to treat the dead? This lack of care can only make the grief of their relatives worse. Now we are told the bodies are on a refrigerated train, but where is it going, and who is in charge of it? Why are no civil authorities making their presence felt? This must have something to do with the fact that the Donbass region is a war zone. But what about the clergy? Where are they? Why were no representatives of the Church in the field praying for the dead? Why were the clergy not at the side of the refrigerated train? Is there no one at all who can sanctify the place with a prayer?

As for the stories of the way the site has been looted, let us hope that these are just stories. In days of yore, it was common, after battles, for local people to come out of hiding and pick over the dead for what they could take, but it was also common for members of pious societies to gather up bodies, and give them decent and Christian burial; thus it was hoped that a mother of a soldier fallen in a foreign field would at least have that consolation, that some kind person had provided her fallen son with the last offices.

The world is looking at the separatists in eastern Ukraine, and what we see is not reassuring. The camera does not lie.

Back in 1988, one of the most brutal killings took place in Belfast, that of corporals Derek Wood and David Howes, who were stripped naked and beaten to death. Nevertheless, a priest, Fr Alec Reid, was present, and did what he could to help the murdered men, and an unknown woman covered up one of the two men, saying (if memory serves) that the fallen man was some mother’s son. The horror of that scene had a few redeeming shards of humanity in it. But in eastern rebel-held Ukraine, now, what humanity have we seen?

 

Culture

EIGHTY Children Die on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

What kind of barbarians shoot down a civilian airline?! Surely this is an act of war.

Child victims: Three grandchildren, Mo Maslin, 12, (left), his brother Otis, eight, (centre) and sister Evie Maslin, 10, (right) were killed on the flight along with their grandfather Nick Morris.

The world is a sick and fallen place. The Daily Mail:

  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down over territory held by Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

  • Body parts and wreckage spread over nine-mile area, suggesting plane broke up mid-air.

  • Airlines had been advised to cease flights over the region which is ‘effectively a war-zone’.

  • The service was headed from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

  • Nine Britons and 154 Dutch have been confirmed dead, along with 28 Australians, 43 Malaysians and 12 Indonesians.

  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott extended his most profound condolences to the families of Australian victims.

  • Ukrainian interior ministry says plane was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile President Petro Poroshenko issued robust denial that his forces were involved, and calls crash an ‘act of terrorism’.

  • Ukraine’s state security chief accuses Russian military intelligence officers of involvement in crash.

  • US senator John McCain vows there will be ‘hell to pay’ if missile was fired by rebels or Russian backers.

More on of the victims here.

Mourners have laid flowers at the doorstep of the embassy to pay respect to victims

Here’s a summary of the horrific events:

flight mh17 graphic

Innocent people and children… Just imagine some one near and dear to you, one you truly love, being on that plane… It cause a feeling of total numbness.

Let us mourn with and pray for those who have lost loved ones in this despicable act… And may God Almighty avenge innocent blood lost!

 

Culture

Malaysian Passenger Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine

Ukraine air crash

With 295 souls on board. Sky News:

A passenger plane which crashed as it flew over eastern Ukraine with 295 people on board was reportedly shot down.

The Malaysia Airlines plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) when it was shot down, Russia’s Interfax reported.

An adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry told the news agency the Boeing 777 was brought down by a Buk ground-to-air missile.

All 280 passengers and 15 crew members who were on the plane are believed to have died, he added.

A spokesman for Malaysian Airlines, still reeling from the loss of flight MH370 in March, confirmed it had lost contact with flight MH17, which took off from Amsterdam at 12.15pm local time.

Just like that. Lord, have mercy.



The Daily Mail has more here.

 

Culture

Israel Tightens Airspace Rules

Hat tip to Irish Anglican, Fr Rob.

Ben Gurion Airport

Jewish Press is reporting:

Israel has tightened airspace rules for aircraft entering Israeli airspace according to a report on Israel Channel 2.

The report said that the rules have been tightened in response to the missing missing Malaysian plane MH370.

Additional unnamed measures have been taken to protect Israel from potential attacks via its airspace from hijacked/sabotaged commercial jetliners.

There is suspicion among some Israeli security experts that Iran is involved in the plane’s disappearance.