MH17 Incident spurs Cold War Tension

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People from across the world are struggling to process the devastation that struck the friends and family of plane MH17 victims. The Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Eastern Ukraine.

Officials are trying to figure out who committed such a heinous act and, more importantly why. The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with nearly 300 people on board, was flying at about 10,000 meters. The Ukrainians were quick to blame the Russians. However, the United States believe that the aircraft was attacked by a surface-to-air missile fired over pro-Russian separatists territory, but are still inconclusive of who fired it.

Since the incident, commercial airlines have rerouted.flights avoiding the region, which brings to question whether flights should go.over conflict zones at all. To add, this was clearly not the plane’s fault because the were well the restriction zone, at least 1000 ft above it.

Analyst, despite inconclusive of whose at fault, are sure that the missile was Russian tech, possibly the Buk missile system. This is also known as the SA-11 according to NATO, and was developed by the soviets.

So where does the Cold War tension come from? Well for starters, this renews fears of a return to a Cold War relationship between USA and Russia. Sen. Dianne Feinstein believes that US and Russia relations have reached Cold War levels.

Meanwhile, Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, believes that the US is under threat and that Vladimir Putin is responsible for the attack. He says, “Mr. Putin is returning to a Cold War mentality. When I was over there, you could see its nationalistic pride, a sort of resurgence to regain the glory of the old days as the Soviet Empire.”

What is to come from this incident is hard to say. Its to early to point fingers until investigators come up with a conclusive report. Yet, in light of other recent events concerning Russia, it is likely something may happen in the near future, most likely also involving Ukraine.

 

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