Many analysts are arguing that the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17 is a game-changer. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as the villain behind the disaster because of the Kremlin’s support of the “Novorossiya” rebels. Others are asserting that not much will change on the ground between Russia and Ukraine as the dispute over Eastern Ukraine will continue regardless of any international inquiry. This point of view seems to be short-sighted. To be sure, the event in itself is horrific and is a wake-up call to all parties that what happens between Russia and Ukraine affects the international order in a dramatic way.
Europe now united against Russia
Perhaps the shoot down of Malaysia Air Flight 17 is a defining moment – a trigger – much like the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in late July 1914Dr. Theodore Karasik