Saturday Jul 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Death on MH17 and our global war

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, on Thursday.

By Nikos Konstandaras

If it is proved that the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday was downed by a missile the tragedy will further confirm that every local or regional conflict involves us all during this era. The 295 people whose bodies were scattered over a Ukrainian field, as they were headed to Malaysia from the Netherlands, never imagined that they would fall victim to a war that happened to be being waged 10,000 meters below them. In other incidents, citizens far from the fires of war have fallen victim to terrorist acts aimed at raising publicity for the conflict and punishing the enemy where he is most vulnerable in cities far from the front.

If MH17 was downed by a missile, it will not be the first such incident. On June 27, 1980, 81 people died aboard an Italian Itavia plane when it was hit over the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is still not clear who fired the missile. On July 3, 1988, an American warship in the Persian Gulf shot down an Iranian Airbus A300, killing all 290 people aboard. The United States said that the ships crew mistakenly believed the Airbus was a warplane threatening them; many Iranians still believe that it was a crime which underlined American hostility toward their country. In other cases, defending forces acted with intention against what they claimed were threats: The Soviet Union shot down a Korean Boeing 747 with 269 people aboard when it flew into its air space in 1983; Israel downed a Libyan Boeing 727, killing 108 people, over the Sinai Peninsula in 1973.

The Malaysian planes downing in Ukraine has provoked fear among all airlines, prompting some to declare immediately that they would avoid Ukrainian air space. It is most unlikely that either of the warring parties on the border between Ukraine and Russia intended to kill innocent travelers, but the message reached the whole world: In Ukraine, death lurks. We get the same message when terrorists strike far from their wars, when refugees struggle exhausted to our shores, risking everything to escape homes that became deathtraps.

In this day and age, technology allows any individual to inflict terrible pain and damage, whether he be a lone teenager learning how to make bombs from the Internet or a member of an organized army with the latest weapons. Every conflict can reach us, whether we are spectators at the Boston marathon, whether we are flying 10 kilometers above ground, whether we hear about the plight of refugees and choose to forget that until recently they lived lives like ours. Every war is now our war. And every refugee is one of us.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday Jul 17, 2014 (21:43)  
What lessons can we draw from antiquity?
Forty years of shortsighted party policies
Putting the past behind us
When evaluation is seen as useless
MP steps in to get power back on at invalids home
An MP had to intervene to get the electricity supply restored to the home of a man who requires a machine to help him breathe just days after a woman on life support died in Hania, Crete, as...
Civil servants who changed contracts to undergo checks
State inspectors are to begin checking the circumstances under which thousands of people working in the public sector had their fixed-term contracts switched to open-ended deals in the years...
Inside News
Trade deficit grows 9.5 pct in Jan-May
Greeces trade deficit recorded a 9.5 percent increase in the January-May period this year compared with the first five months of 2013, data compiled by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (E...
Number of 5-star hotel rooms rises 31.4 percent in four years
The number of rooms at five-star hotels in Greece rose by 31.4 percent from 2009 to 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Research Institute for Tourism of the Hellenic Chamber of Hot...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday. I l...
SOCCER
Olympiakos downs AC Milan 3-0 in friendly
Greek champion Olympiakos defeated Italy's AC Milan 3-0 late on Thursday in a friendly match that launched the International Champions Cup in Canada and the US. The result, with goals from A...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Trade deficit grows 9.5 pct in Jan-May
2. Number of 5-star hotel rooms rises 31.4 percent in four years
3. Greeks get slightly less downbeat
4. Banks reluctant to issue credit
5. MP steps in to get power back on at invalids home
6. Civil servants who changed contracts to undergo checks
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek coast guard picks up 77 migrants off Myconos
2. Draghi safety net becoming blindfold as bonds soar
3. Godfather, 35, shot at Karditsa christening dies
4. Aegean Airlines resumes flights to Tel Aviv
5. Thousands of dead fish surface in Lake Pamvotis
6. Police report points to less crime in 2014
Today
This Week
1. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
2. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
3. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
4. Unequal after death
5. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
6. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.