As we’ve reported before, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is one of the most dangerous places in the world to step on a plane. In fact, we’ve reported it so many times that we have a specific category under which we aggregate such posts (check out our category list in our sidebar). One has to wonder how the International Olympic Committee could possibly vest Russia with the 2014 games knowing how perilous it is to fly there (and that’s to say nothing of the horrifically high risk of being killed by fire or automobile). Doesn’t it care at all about the safety of Olympic athletes and fans?
And now, predictably, it’s happened again.
An Aeroflot Boeing 737, en route from Moscow, has gone down near the city of Perm, killing all 88 passengers and crew. The New York Times reports: “Russian news agencies reported that the plane’s pilot had recently been arrested and would be charged with violating safety regulations.”
Call us crazy, but we think it perhaps might be better for Putin to spend Russia’s precious oil resources on making civilian air travel safer, rather than on provoking war with tiny defenseless neighbors and a new cold war with the world’s only superpower. But because the craven people of Russia exercise no supervision over Putin and his KGB cadres, they can hardly be heard to complain when their neo-Soviet chickens come home to roost.
And that’s only, of course, talking incompetence in the airline field. It’s to say nothing of Russia’s relentless, barbaric provocations in places like Chechnya, Ingushetia and Georgia, just begging extremists to lash out at Russian civil air traffic — especially during an international event like the Olympics. Even without reference to the need to protest Russian aggression against Georgia, in other words, as we’ve said many times before there are many compelling reasons to divest Russia of the Sochi games. Express your support for doing so here.