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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Germanwings is another mysterious air accident without apparant cause or distress signal

Regardless if the Germanwings air disaster was caused by human error, aircraft anomaly or criminal intent, the Europeans have every reason to be alarmed.

It's difficult to believe the Germanwings aircraft disaster in the French Alps was the result of pilot error or an engine anamoly. In the unlikely event the airplane's pilot experienced an in flight emergency, it's likely a distress call would have been sent. It seems more likely that something overtook the airplane in mid air, causing it to crash into the Alps, killing everyone of the 150 passengers, including many children.

If criminal intervention is proven in the Germanwings air disaster, the incident will be the equivalent of the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania, the world's largest passenger ship at the time she was attacked by a German U Boat, causing the deaths of 1,198 passengers and crew.

Obviously, the evidence to either prove or disprove any criminal intent in the Germanwings crash will have to be convincing. There's an incendiary environment in Europe right now, following the terrorist attacks in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, with subsequent killings at a Jewish Kosher grocery market and the murder of a policewoman. Therefore, the prospect of retaliation against the "Je suis Charlie" spontaneous European response to the attacks seems likely to be launched by terrorists.

A cause for the Germanwings air crash must be quickly forthcoming. If criminal intent is proven, then Europe must take more of a role in responding to terrorism than just organizing a massive street march, like Je Suis Charlie. Nevertheless, whether the airliner crash was caused by criminal intent, structural weakness, human error or mechanical failure, the startling loss of another airplane is a startling reminder, yet again, about how vulnerable innocent people are the victims of terrorism. Somehow, the terrorism spiral threat must end, but there appears to be no viable path to a solution.

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