Aircraft Accidents and the Schoolyard Bullies

Debris from what is expected to be the remains of Malaysia Airlines MH370 washed up on shore, putting the missing aircraft back in the news and victims’ families back in their personal Hell. Developments in the year-old Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight shot down in July 2014 – allegedly – by Soviet-sympathetic rebels are now being looked at, twelve months too late. And for some reason the world seems okay with this lack of urgency and justice.
To be sure, the MH370 investigation would have been handled more productively if the Marx Brothers had taken the lead. The MH17 tragedy would be a closed-case if world leaders did not hide under desks, worried to push Putin on what happened; an answer that could never qualify as a viable excuse for killing 298 innocent victims.
But to me the sudden arrival of MH370’s debris seems to be, for lack of a better word: convenient. If I was an Oliver Stone-type conspiracy theorist I could liken the appearance of a flap and suitcase to the debris launched out the U-Boat’s torpedo tubes in The Enemy Below (1957). Because of the incompetence of the lead investigators on the Malaysia Airlines MH370 accident, we will never know why the aircraft disappeared or how. The thought of MH370 landing safely and the airliner held for future nefarious purposes isn’t beyond the pale; it may just be possible; we may yet find out what happened to it.
For MH17, the terrorism employed to bring down the airliner is unquestioned. This is what happens when world leaders cower and let the schoolyard bullies to take control.

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