The investigation hasn't even started yet into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but one huge question is already apparent:
What is either side in the conflict in the Ukraine doing with missiles that can bring down an airplane flying at 33,000 feet?
More importantly, the international community needs to know who supplied these advanced tools of war and that country should be held as responsible for the atrocity as the actual perpetrators.
Flight 17's tragic fate should be a reminder of the dangers of the rampant arms trafficking that is commonplace in the world. As calls are made for an international investigation of the shoot down, a parallel study needs to be done on how to shut down the modern version of gunrunning.
At this writing, it appears that the United Nations Security Council will meet to decide how to investigate the shoot down and who will lead the investigation. A very large part of the query should be on who furnished the weapon and appropriate sanctions on that country.
Then the U.N. needs to adopt international rules to stop the flow of sophisticated armaments across borders. For over half a century, the community of nations has focused on stopping nuclear proliferation.
It is time to step back and realize that the proliferation of so-called "conventional weapons" may have become just as big of a problem.
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