24 Jul2014


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.



  1. Mart says:

    Not meaning to detract from this tragedy and the victims of the plane crash but there are also many Palestinian civilians that have recently died due to the huge ground invasion of Israel into Gaza (“Operation Protective Edge”). _Coincidentally_ on the very same day that the MH 017 crash happened.
    Would not be surprised if the two were somehow connected.

    Why we as a human race still wage wars with military troops and machinery in this day and age just boggles my mind.

    For a peek into the mind of the wolf behind sheep’s clothing, please digest the following article:

    Jul 25, 2014 | 1:09 am


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  3. Marketman says:

    Mart, you are absolutely correct, have been volleying between that tragedy and the other… both horrific.

    Jul 25, 2014 | 5:30 am

  4. millet says:

    MM, yes, tears and goosebumps the whole time i watched the arrival ceremonies. i couldn’t help but observe – aside from the royal family and other dignitaries, the MH 17’s victims” families were also there, but the tv news cameras did not take a single shot of the families – no reporters shoving mics into their faces, no one asking them how they feel (which is the local media’s favorite question of victims of tragedies here)…the Dutch are teaching us a lot about dignity, class and respect. and yes, i wondered too, about where they got all 40 identical hearses.

    Jul 25, 2014 | 7:47 am

  5. Thel from Florida says:

    Really very sad!! Yes, I said prayers for all the victims of the MH017 crash and the war’s victims too. God Bless and Peace!!!!

    Jul 25, 2014 | 7:56 am

  6. ling says:

    so sad with what is happening … every part of the world, there are lives, important lives, being put to waste due to indifferences …

    i remember a lyric from a song by SCORPIONS, “Under the same Sun”

    — “we all live under the same Sun, we all live under the same moon, but why … can’t we live as ONE.”

    every time i hear this song, gives me goosebumps.

    Jul 25, 2014 | 8:11 am

  7. Lou says:

    It is very disturbing – everything in the news lately is enough to drive one to depression. All those innocent lives, they had nothing to do with the squabbles of people/nations on the ground. It is scary that there is nothing sacred anymore.

    I agree with you, may the people who did this never have a second of peace for the rest of their lives, including the people who supported and trained them.

    Jul 25, 2014 | 9:49 am

  8. Khew says:

    Dare I say that at least there’s closure in this case…..unlike MH370.

    Jul 25, 2014 | 9:13 pm

  9. Betchay says:

    Yes, I also watched it on CNN and it was heartwrenching but I do admire the Dutch for the respect and dignity they gave to those who perished irregardless of nationality. Filipinos are very religious and yet I cringed at the way the victims of typhoon Yolanda, Ondoy and other disasters were treated.

    The air crashes in Taiwan and Mali were both attributed to weather disturbance. With climate change, wind intensity and direction should be assess thoroughly before each flight.

    Jul 25, 2014 | 11:46 pm

  10. Junb says:

    our prayers to the victim of all the recent crash as well as those innocent victims of wars.

    Jul 28, 2014 | 9:58 am


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