Four days ago, Russian-backed separatists using a Russian-supplied surface to air missile shot down a commercial passenger jet, killing the 298 people on board, all civilians. Since then, those same Russian-backed separatists have taken control of the crash scene, seized the "black box" (and reportedly sent it to Moscow), stuffed the bodies in a bunch of bags like they were picking up trash, stonewalled the mourning relatives, and generally behaved as you would expect from people who murder about 300 of their fellow creatures because, ya know, these rocket launchers are really cool and fun to set off.
This is mass murder, pure and simple. At best, it's negligent mass murder, because the separatists, while thugs, are amateur thugs, and can't tell the difference between a passenger jet and a fighter plane. At worst, it's a gruesomely sadistic warning that you don't mess with Russian-backed rebels.
For a President who is much concerned with "humanitarian crises" both in Africa and at our southern border, you might expect more than just blather about how the crime scene at this (as it's most charitably described) humanitarian disaster is being scrubbed of evidence by the killers and their sponsors, and the bodies of the victims are being defiled. But you would expect wrong.
Today, having given the Russian proxies four days to wipe the evidence, President Obama hilariously lectured Vladimir Putin that "time is of the essence" for Mr. Putin to assist in investigating himself and his tentacles. Then, according to the WSJ:
Mr. Obama said respectfully removing the remains of those killed in the crash and returning them to their grieving loved ones is "the least we can do." He added Mr. Putin has the direct ability to make that happen quickly.
Actually, the "least we can do" is pretend that we're interested in holding to account those who committed this atrocity, but holding criminals to account just isn't this Administration's thing. Maybe, instead, Obama can preemptively refer them to the expanded DOJ Pardon Office so they can get in line with considerably nicer folk like heroin dealers.