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originally posted by: Zandril
a reply to: rustyclutch
If it comes out they fired on this plane knowing that it was civilian, then I would consider them terrorists
originally posted by: Hellas
These guys seem to have obtained passports in mint condition of the crash site.. Very odd
originally posted by: roadgravel
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
Just because 'odds' make less likely to happen doesn't mean it will not or cannot.
originally posted by: princeofpeace
But retired Army Lt. Col Ralph Peters, also a Fox News contributor, said it is unlikely the Russian military would have put missile batteries capable of knocking a plane out of the sky at such an altitude in the hands of rebels.
"It wasn't the separatists, although Russia will try to blame them, or blame the Ukrainians," Peters said. "The Russians have not given the separatists complex, high-altitude air-defense systems. If this airliner was flying at 34,000 feet or any altitude close to that, it was shot down by Russian military air-defense systems perched on the Ukrainian border."
Peters said the Russian military has been shooting down Ukrainian military aircraft in recent weeks, and most likely mistook the airliner for a Ukrainian military aircraft.
"Russia has a small number of elite forces, but most of the Russian military is ill-trained, sloppy and marginally disciplined.," he said. "With no Western response to them shooting down Ukrainian aircraft, they just got trigger happy."