There seems to be a constant litany of complaint that bodies have been moved and some taken to the morgue. Also the site has not been safeguarded for the powers that be. Russia is behind the whole thing etc etc.
I have the following questions.
1. 300 bodies deteriorating in summer weather spread over 6 miles strike me as a health hazard. What else are the locals supposed to do, leave them to rot in situ? The pictures I have seen were of locals, miners and a few uniformed people collecting them in a perfectly reasonable manner, what is so wrong with that? One poor person fell through a roof and landed in a kitchen, was the corpse to remain on the table?
2. 38 bodies removed to the morgue, where else were they supposed to take them? But accused of removing evidence!!
3. Why have only monitors arrived? They do nothing, just take a few pictures. Where are the technicians who know what to do? Why didn’t they just turn up? How long does it take? What are the locals meant to do meantime? Nobody has actually been refused access because no-one has arrived. Yet the ‘rebels’ are guilty of non admission? How?
4. The rebels released pictures of one of these lorry missile launchers ‘liberated’ from the Ukrainian Army a few days ago. Presumably sold to the Ukrainians legitimately by Russia in the past, before the civil war. Surely it is the fault of the Ukrainians for allowing it to fall into enemy hands? All developed countries sell armaments to their ‘friends’, we do, so do the French, Americans and Russians, are we totally responsible if they are misappropriated, sold on or otherwise fall into others hands? Is it not likely that this is the weapon used rather than another such having crossed the border?
5. What earthly reason would Putin have to down an airliner? None that I can see. I also doubt the assertion that these weapons could not be fired without Russian help. I would have though any competent electronic engineer could have worked out the guidance system in a few hours? It appears to be a case of mistaken identity and M17 being in the wrong place at the right time. Busy saving money on fuel flying the cheapest direct route. It was, after all, the third plane to be shot down that week, the others being Ukrainian were not noticed internationally!
5. The Ukrainians seem to be vociferous in their condemnation of Russia and the rebels without any doubts being expressed by Western powers. Everyone wants Putin to be totally responsible. I cannot see that Kiev is not partially responsible, they started the whole thing with showing interest in EU colonialist blandishments whilst they were still in hock to Russia. Plus the removal of the Russian language from use in the country, fully knowing that it was the lingua franca of the Eastern Ukraine. What did they expect?
Other thoughts please.
I don’t personally have a pro Putin platform but I actively dislike the attitude of the rest of Ukraine and the Western powers. What was Putin supposed to do to protect the ethnic Russians in the Crimea and the Eastern provinces other than what he did? If people do not want to be part of Europe and would rather be part of Russia why should they not be able to be so? After all, we are prepared to allow Scotland to depart in peace! According to Kiev’s rule book we should be shooting up Inverness by now! Why is a plebiscite in the Ukraine to be ignored and one in Scotland to be respected? Strikes me as one rule for some and another for others. Why are we not calling Salmond the rebel leader?