Yesterday the news broke about Malaysian flight MH-17 falling out of the sky and crashing in Ukraine. First of all I was shocked and felt sad that people have lost their lives.
Then the speculation started that it is believed that a missile caused this tragic plane crash. If it wasn’t bad enough, knowing that a plane could be brought down to earth by a possible BUK missile launcher, believed to be in the hands of rebels, the media then decided to sink to new lows.
The media’s scramble against one another to bring people the first pictures, resulted in the likes of Reuters, Sky News and even BBC News, posting on Twitter pictures of the wreckage where you could see body parts and bodies.
It doesn’t take much imagination to realise that the scene of the accident would be utter carnage. Do we really need to see such appalling pictures? Do we need to see innocent victims shown no common decency?
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on Twitter… when people started to say, we should see these pictures… Really? For all those that agree with this pictures being show, just a few questions.
- How would you feel, if it had been one of your family?
- Would you want these pictures shown of your loved ones, laying there amongst the wreckage?
- Why can’t you show some empathy, compassion and respect to these families, by condemning the actions of the media outlets for showing these pictures?
So far no-one has answered the questions… they have rattled on about free speech and about censorship.. yet no answers to how they would feel.
There are many questions that need to be answered by Malaysian Airlines, but the main question has to be…
- Why are airlines companies, like yourself allowing airlines to fly over areas where there is known conflict?
It was only after the accident, that airlines, then took to social media and made statements that they wouldn’t be flying over these conflict zones any more. Talk about shutting the stable door, once the horse has bolted.
It saddens me to see such carnage and my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those people killed on flight MH17.
And if that plane crash was not bad enough… the day ended when I saw a video, as reported by CNN, of people standing on a hillside cheering as missiles launched by Israeli forces landed on the people in Gaza.
The reporter tweeted this and then deleted it 20 mins later…
How can anyone stand there and cheer, when they know full well that innocent, men, women and children are being killed? I won’t proclaim to know the intricacies of the Israeli/Gaza conflict, but what I do know is that both sides need to take stock of the situation and learn to live in peace. But I doubt that will ever happen in my lifetime… so sad.