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indiana student killed in the ukraine

Last week, Indiana Ph.D. student Karlijn Keijzer was killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The university news web site reports that she was an athlete, gifted science student, and an accomplished teacher. Her passing is a tragedy that has deeply touched the IU community.

History will likely pin this senseless death, and the deaths of hundreds of others, on the separatists and their cruel patron in Moscow. Yet, we should reflect on a broader point. This type of violence, where governments hand out such sophisticated weapons of war to masked men, is made possible by nationalist sentiments. Putin only thrives because of a deep spring of nationalist pride that legitimizes war, a sentiment that exists in many nations. Before we egg on our leaders and demand that they bring war to other nations, let us remember the innocent people who will suffer.

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Written by fabiorojas

July 22, 2014 at 12:01 am

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  1. Please no war. Our media doesn’t bother to mention the Ukraine fighters bombing the Eastern Ukraine cities, and very likely shadowing commercial planes to confuse the Eastern Ukraine defenders.

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    July 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm


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