A Malaysian Airlines plane with 298 passengers and crew was shot down over the rebel areas of Ukraine this morning. No one took immediate responsibility, but Twitter and Facebook accounts attributed to "Strelkov" -- said to be the military commander of the Donbass rebels -- announced a shootdown shortly after the Malaysian plane was lost.
There is some question of whether these posts were made by Strelkov, as they were deleted shortly afterwards.
As we've known for some time, it is more than possible to manipulate social media accounts for the propaganda and social engineering purposes.
We'll know soon enough how this horrible, indeed inexcusable, incident is used beyond its propaganda value. Is this a false flag to ensure NATO enters the conflict directly? Is it further provocation of the Russian Bear?
Was it a tragic accident? Intentional? Stupid?
We'll see. I doubt it will end well.