Collateral damage or mass murder?

The US shot down an Iranian civilian airliner with 290 people aboard in 1988. Yet that incident was treated very differently than the MH17 tragedy.

Flickr Photo: Emran Kassim
A Malaysia Airlines plane on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 2012.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 07/23/2014 12:00 am EDT

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17 certainly generated shock and awe around the world. Despite the fact that Ukrainian military forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists in this same region for weeks, the crisis in Ukraine had been pushed out of international headlines by the Israeli offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza strip.

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