Disclaimer: This is a rant. If you are likely to be offended by my calling both Clinton and Trump bad names, then feel free to stop reading now.
Early Thursday morning, around 2:30 a.m. Egypt local time, Egypt Airlines MS804 lost contact with air traffic control about 40 minutes before it was scheduled to land in Cairo, Egypt on its flight from Paris, France. Tragically, 66 people are believed to have died. The Egyptian navy, air force and coastguard are being aided by Greece in the search for the missing airliner. Greek officials believe that the aircraft crashed around 150 miles south of the Greek island of Karpathos. The plane made “sudden swerves” before dropping off radar over the Mediterranean, Greek defense minister Panos Kammeno said. The plane made a 90-degree turn left, and then dropped from 37,000 feet to 15,000 feet before swerving 360 degrees right. The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members. Throughout the day today, claims that some wreckage had been found were made, but it was quickly retracted when it was determined that the wreckage found did not match the missing airliner. Those are the known facts as of this writing, Thursday evening, approximately 9:00 p.m. EDT. Those are the only known facts at this time. Period.
This is a tragedy, there are not enough facts available to determine the cause of the presumed crash, yet let us not stop the politicians from speculating, as they know so much more than FAA officials, aeronautical engineers, and the rest of the experts, right? First thing this morning, I heard on CNN speculation from various European politicians that the cause was more likely terrorism than mechanical failure. No debris to examine, no ‘black box’ from which to collect data, but ….
Donald Trump made the following statements at various times throughout the day, beginning first thing this morning: “Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness! If anybody thinks it wasn’t blown out of the sky, you’re 100% wrong. Look at the carnage all over the world including the World Trade Center, San Bernardino, Paris, the USS Cole, Brussels and an unlimited number of other places. She [Clinton] and our totally ignorant President won’t even use the term Radical Islamic Terrorism. And by the way, ask Hillary who blew up the plane last night – another terrible, but preventable tragedy. She has bad judgment and is unfit to serve as President at this delicate and difficult time in our country’s history.”
Hillary was more calm and moderately-tempered, and at least waited until the sun was fully in the sky, to utter her almost equally inappropriate remarks: “It does appear that it was an act of terrorism, exactly how of course the investigation will have to determine. It once again shines a very bright light on the threats that we face from organized terror groups.” She also proposed a multi-national commitment to redouble the struggle against terrorism, pushed European nations to do more and recommended probes of how aviation security could be further improved. And of course, not to be outdone, she responded to Trump’s idiotic rants with “He says a lot of things that are provocative that actually make the important task of building this coalition, bringing everybody to the table, and defeating terrorism more difficult.”
DAMN YOU BOTH!!!! Neither of you have any basis in fact for jumping to the conclusion that terrorism even played a role in the downing of this plane. THERE IS NOT, AT THIS TIME, A SHRED OF EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR BABBLING, SO SHUT UP!!!!!
There were 66 human lives on that plane. There are countless family members waiting at an airport in Cairo for word of their loved ones. And some 6,000 miles away we have two egomaniacs who cannot simply keep their mouths shut or express empathy until they have some facts, who believe that they somehow know what happened before there is a single piece of evidence, two demagogues who are vying for the highest office in this nation! You both disgust and sicken me. At the moment, I want neither of you for my president.
I apologize for the rant … sort of. Sensationalism has no place where human suffering is present, and their comments were nothing less than sensationalism in an attempt to further their political goals. But what disgusts me even more is the 24,000 people who ‘liked’ Mr. Trump’s comments in his first tweet of the morning. Anybody who applauds either of these candidates for their crassness today, also disgusts me. I beg those on the other side of the globe to not judge all of us in the U.S. by the lack of standards and values of a few politicians and a handful of their followers. Some of us actually do have hearts, and tonight/today, our hearts go out to the victims of flight MS804 and their families.