Columns 22.7.2014 06:00 am

MH17 – Who did it? What next?

Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer

‘Once the TAR (Target Acquisition Radar) has lock-on, this light will go green. Then just push this button here, and the rest’s automatic. Good luck.”

Maybe the crew who launched the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on Thursday consisted of trained professionals, but it seems unlikely.

That crew (or somebody else) was good enough to down three Ukrainian Air Force planes over the rebel-held zone in the past week, but they weren’t good enough to tell the difference between a military aircraft and a civilian airliner.

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