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July 21, 2014 - 8:16 am

With all of the scrutiny surrounding the path of doomed MH17 over a war zone in eastern Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH4 took a questionable route from Kuala Lumpur to London yesterday:

 

Homs remains an area of heavy fighting despite a recently lifted siege, with ISIS taking over a gas field and executing many of the workers.

A look at FlightRadar24 this morning found that MH4 wasn’t flying over Syria anymore, but heading over the Islamic State and Mosul:

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Planes are having to find new diversions since last week’s takedown of the passenger airliner by a Russian-made missile, including this wide curve under the Crimean peninsula.

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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At best you can make the argument that the pilot from the first disappeared Malaysian jet slipped through the crack, no system is perfect. But to compound it by flying through war zones? I'm not going to be taking a Malaysian Airways flight anytime soon, like in this century.

Russia has sold the same system, and more sophisticated ones to both the former Syria & the former Iraq. Given the chaos, it's reasonable to assume ISIS has control of some of these SAM batteries, and probably some members know how to operate them. And they are crazy enough to intentionally shoot down an infidel jet.
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Third time's a charm?
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Well, I'm assuming it's because of the cutthroat competition in airfares. Presumably Malaysian Airways tickets for that route must be substantially cheaper than competitors who take the long way around.

Would make for an interesting ad campaign: "Malaysian Airways; are you man enough to fly with us?"
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The Malay Captain may've thought his airline had immunity over Syria because it's flying a Muslim country's flag.
The reason that didn't work over Ukraine IMVVHO is because that disaster was a Russia versus Chechnya retaliation for those Chechen/Muslim terrorist raids a good while back.
Attention spans are longer lasting in that part of the world.
There's an awful lot going on that we'll never know.
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The problem is, that large parts of Obama's tranquil world are getting just too damned dangerous to fly through.
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At best you can make the argument that the pilot from the first disappeared Malaysian jet slipped through the crack, no system is perfect. But to compound it by flying through war zones? I'm not going to be taking a Malaysian Airways flight anytime soon, like in this century.

Russia has sold the same system, and more sophisticated ones to both the former Syria & the former Iraq. Given the chaos, it's reasonable to assume ISIS has control of some of these SAM batteries, and probably some members know how to operate them. And they are crazy enough to intentionally shoot down an infidel jet.
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Are these people stupid? Or are they just stupid?

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