According to The Associated Press, the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 earlier today (July 17) aboard a Boeing 777-200 that was downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine on was carrying 298 people from at least nine countries. Here is a breakdown of the nationalities of those on board:
Malaysia: 43 (including 15 crew and two infants)
Indonesia: 12 (including one infant)
United Kingdom: 9
Unconfirmed nationalities: 41
COMMENT: It is an understatement that our sympathies and condolences go out to all nations who lost friends and family aboard the ill-fated flight.
Unless the concealment of the number of US citizens was nefarious for some particular reason, it seems logical that the accounting of such citizens would be uncomplicated.
Yet, given the fact that the Obama White House introduces intrigue into virtually everything and has a habit of being less-than-transparent the majority of the time, despite claiming it would be the most transparent administration in US history, causes one to speculate as to why the number of US citizens aboard Flight 17 has not been released, unless many passengers enjoyed dual citizenship.
As is often said, at some point, accurate facts will soon be revealed to us.
Considering that Moscow is already in possession of flight data recorders suggests that sorting fact from fiction may be with us for some time.
Of course, what everyone that had family and friends aboard MH Flight 17 are most anxious to know is:
If Russia was involved directly or indirectly with the downing of Flight 17, what action will be taken against Moscow to punish them for becoming a rogue nation?