"There were earlier Russian reports that the rebels had captured Ukrainian surface-to-air defense but no details. The SA-11 or SA-17 are, however, logical systems for rebels to have used earlier in shooting down a Ukrainian AN-26 military transport at a reported altitude of 26,000 feet.
A passenger aircraft would have no warning of such an attack, and its black box would not record any data on the intercept. It is extremely unlikely to pilots ever saw the incoming missile or could accurately characterize it if they had only seconds in which to speak in ways the black box could record." CSIS
The Yellow Media are creating a Doctor Strangelove situation. They do not seem to grasp the idea that the war between Russia and the USA toward which they are groping will destroy both countries altogether. Once more, a war between the USA and Russia WILL DESTROY BOTH COUNTRIES and much of the rest of the world.
As Cordesman notes there are many unanswered questions concerning the fate of Malaysia Flight 17. The evidence that has been revealed is sketchy. There is still the possibility of an electro/mechanical failure of some sort. Nevertheless, people who should know better than to do this are participating in jacking up public hysteria that pushes the country toward war with Russia. I guess the money must be good.
Perhaps the neocon/R2P crowd in power do not understand what nuclear war would mean. pl