Make no mistake: this is a really, really, really big deal. This is the first downing of a civilian jetliner in this conflict and, if it was the rebels who brought it down, all kinds of ugly things follow. For one thing, what seemed to be gelling into a frozen local conflict has now broken into a new phase, one that directly threatens European security. The plane, let’s recall, was flying from Amsterdam.
For another, U.S. officials have long been saying that there’s only one place that rebels can get this kind of heavy, sophisticated weaponry: Russia.
…The one thing we know now is that this conflict is now officially out of control. As we’ve been saying at The New Republic all along, Putin has started something he can’t finish, unleashing a dangerous force he no longer fully controls—nor does he seem to care to—and it’s costing more and more lives. Now that tally happens to include 295 civilians who had absolutely nothing to do with either Russia or Ukraine."
Gena Rowlands, who turns 84 today, with husband John Cassavetes in their editing room for Faces.
Gena Rowlands in Gloria (1980)