‘Hell to Pay’: U.S. Officials React to Malaysian Airliner Tragedy

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If the world hadn’t been paying close attention to the conflict on the eastern border of Ukraine, the downing of the Malaysian airliner there on Thursday made it everybody’s business.

The nearly 300 people who died as the plane was shot down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur came from across the globe. The passengers included children and their parents, friends visiting friends, families going on vacation, students and notable researchers headed to an HIV/AIDS conference in Australia.

As it became clear that the commercial airplane had been “blown out of the sky,” as Vice President Joe Biden put it, reactions ranged from grief to rage, with some of the fiercest rhetoric coming from American officials. Read more…

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