This is a crime against humanity

HARARE - News that a Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was barbarically shot down over Ukraine by suspected terrorists resulting in the murder of 298 innocent people has been met with anger across the globe.

We would like to join the civilised world in mourning the callous murder of these people including at least 100 children — innocent souls whose otherwise promising lives were brought to a brutal end by blood thirsty and power hungry individuals.

World leaders including those from the Netherlands which lost 193 citizens in the awful attack on the passenger plane have roundly condemned the savage attack and called for an international probe.

Evidence so far and confirmations by world leaders point to a heinous attack on the passenger plane by Russian-backed separatist rebels who control the Eastern part of Ukraine near the border with Russia.

World leaders believe that the missile which destroyed the plane was supplied by Russia and believe the Russian backed rebels to be the perpetrators of this mass murder.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a chance to make it clear that his country was not involved in the heartless murder of the 298 people, he had an opportunity to condemn the attack and support world leaders in their calls for a full investigation.

But he has done nothing except fuel speculation about the involvement of his country in the murderous incident.

In statements that could have infuriated relatives of those killed in the incident, he blamed Ukraine for allowing the war on the border with Russia to go on. What a shame!

He could have stood up before the world and denounced the crime; endorsed a full investigation and punishment of the murderers.

In March, Putin and his trigger happy advisers annexed Crimea, before employing a strategy of covert military support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and in the process sustained Ukraine’s civil war.

We call upon the United Nations and all international players to fully investigate the tragedy and bring the culprits to justice otherwise flying will become the most dangerous mode of transport in the world.

A shocked Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak summed it up and said.

“We must and we will find out precisely what happened to this flight. No stone will be left unturned.. If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice,” Najib said.

And we agree. This is a crime against humanity.

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