Another Malaysian commercial jet liner was the scene of a major accident, resulting into the death of 295 passengers. This time, both crash site and black box were recovered quickly. The plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet over a disputed area of eastern Ukraine, the scene of an ongoing civil war between the Ukrainian government and separatists who want to join Russia.
Tonight, there appears to be a consensus about how the plane went down. It was agreed that the commercial airline was hit by a surface-to-air missile, thus begins the blame game between the two belligerents as Washington and Moscow are once again trading accusations.
The world needs nothing but peace. We feel the pain in the hearts and minds of the relatives of the victims. War is an ugly enterprise, but they are people who truly believe in the power of a gun, and that all conflicts can only be resolved by force.
Just yesterday, the Obama Administration announced a new round of sanctions against Russia for the country’s continued support for the rebels in Ukraine. Russian president Vladimir Putin ridiculed the announcement, saying the sanctions “will explode on their faces.” Many US-Russia watchers are suspicious on the announcement which came just hours after the BRICS nations meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil, announced the creation of a bank—BRICS Development Bank—to be based in Shanghai, China. The BRICS nations are made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Development Bank will be, as the leaders put it, a counter balance to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank which controls currency exchanges.
The bank is reportedly to start with 100 billion dollars with another 100 billion in cash reserve—a huge blow to Europe and North America.
But tonight, while the protagonists blame each other over the tragedy, the victims are in deep sorrow. Let’s wage peace, not war.