Normally, the focal point of a story on an airline’s second plane crash in four months would be the competency of those managing that company. The decision to route Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 only 1,000 feet above Ukraine’s no-fly zone was clearly a foolish choice that warrants a full investigation of the decision makers at Malaysia Airline, particularly those top executives who may be pressing for cost cutting measures at the expense of safety, yet the fact the plane was shot down over territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists turns the incident into an selling point for those looking to punish Russia for its involved in the Ukraine Crisis. That said, this tragedy does serve as a shocking example of why the International Community needs to deal with the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Our modern, globalizing world hinges upon the ability of people to freely travel around the world and engage in international dealings. Armed conflicts impede this ability while they also destroy opportunity and success. At the same time, the International Community functions, because government cannot do as they please. Russia’s blatant breech of Ukrainian territory and muddied support of insurgents threatens the stability of our modern International Community. What the downing of the Malaysia aircraft did was show the world unexpected ways a rogue nation can undermine our global community and demonstrates the need to intervene in situations where a world power is bullying a weaker country.
America and our allies once believed we have to “make the world safe for democracy.” Where the thinking behind this motto pushed the United States to act as a global leader to safeguard our way of life, we need that same thinking turned into action in order to safeguard our current way of life. We need to make the world safe for a world order that thrives on constructive engagement and cooperation. Given Russia’s size, influence, demonstrated unwillingness to end its involved in the Ukrainian Crisis, and ongoing attempts to wait out the response of the International Community, Russian President Vladimir Putin is clearly going to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission, sooner or later. As such, the world needs to thoroughly derail Putin’s ambitions by ratcheting up economic sanctions as strong and as quick as possible in the hopes of awakening the Russian People to the folly of Putin’s way.
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