|I am not convinced that the Ukrainian shootdown of an airliner full
of Israelis emigres visiting relatives was an "accident", and came so
quite close to the date of the one of the most bloody periods of
unrest for the Palestinian intifada on the West Bank! To be so implies that even
rudimentary international safety protocols were either ignored or suppressed!
The equipment and command heiarchies used by the USSR in the 1980's and early 1990's were designed to
minimize a repeat of Korean Air 007 and other international close-calls.