I have been crazed for three days, but I have managed to get 30 minutes of CNN every night before I pass out. And the recent scenes of the crash site of the Malaysian Airlines flight 017 in Eastern Ukraine, and the fact that those killed were left out for days in the summer heat, was just utterly disturbing and heartbreaking. My condolences and prayers and every ounce of compassion goes out to the families of those killed in that tragic, despicable incident. Plus today add to that disaster the news of another flight that crashed in Taiwan, and another yet another in Mali.
Tonight I watched as 70+ of the victims of the MH 017 crash were unloaded from military transport planes in the Netherlands. Each simple coffin carried on the shoulders of men in suits, somber, respectful, sorrowful, proper, appropriate, and frankly, hair-raisingly sad, — as they moved slowly to a waiting fleet of identical black hearses (how they found so many all in one place is amazing), offering full military honors to EACH and EVERY ONE of the passengers on board. The bugle (or is it trumpet?) bellowing brought me to tears. The same scene for 40+ victims was shown yesterday as well, and I was just as melancholy. The long line of hearses passed thru streets lined with Dutch citizens paying their respects, and the flower tributes all around the world were gut wrenching.
This is the epitome of EVIL. I hope there is a HELL for people who caused this tragedy to happen. And I hope there is a special section of hell for them to spend the rest of eternity at an even higher BTU than hell’s other inhabitants. But having said that, I see hope in the manner in which the Netherlands and its citizens are dealing with the situation, and the amazing treatment and respect shown for the victims (and their surviving relatives). That is the epitome of GOOD. I am not a terribly religious person, but over the next few days I hope to say a prayer for each and every one of the passengers of that ill-fated flight. It’s the least I can do. But trust me, I will add a prayer or two that they hunt down and capture and punish whoever was responsible for causing the tragedy. And I mean PUNISH.