The finger-pointing has been vehement in the wake of the downing of the ill-fated MH17 airliner. The pro-Russian Ukrainian separatist thugs. The murderous Putin, who has been equipping them with missiles. Yes, and then the eloquently weak and incompetently smart President Obama, who was seen playing golf during the mourning period in Europe, worrying about his waistline after what has been very much a wining-and-dining second term. Theoretically, he was better placed than anyone else to prevent this tragedy from happening, and so the ball would roll on to his advisors—the ill-informed CIA—again. Obama’s intelligence sources should have known better than anyone else that the international airliners traveling every day on that flight path in eastern Ukraine were in severe danger. They should have learned through their satellites how the Russian-made missiles were being deployed strategically across eastern Ukraine. The CIA should have advised Obama’s administration to warn the “civilized world” of such fatal threats. It was a 9/11 disaster repeated in a different, dramatic format. Why has that chain of information broken down? Because of the eternal, liberal-moral indictment of “the big brother’s intrusion into civil privacy.” Because of the same spirit that would hail Edward Snowden as a dragon-slaughtering knight; he, who had escaped to China’s Hong Kong, then Moscow, equipped with a treasure box of American satellite- and cyber-generated state secrets. Because Europe and Western intellectuals have indoctrinated the “civilized world” with the puritan belief in the evil of the US eavesdropping. Because Snowden and his followers insist that the US must switch off its cyber monitoring, phone bugging and satellite surveillance, even at the expense of inviting terrorist attacks. Because it is in ideological fashion to bash the evil powerhouse in Langley and now also in Israel. The price: dead bodies, including those of 80 children and three babies, with toys and suitcases spread out on the land neglected by Langley and the Pentagon. No wonder Obama stoked speculation about the involvement of President Putin. His reluctance to name any murderer was more than being sloppy, indifferent or arrogant. The culprit was too big a crowd—Edward Snowden’s global clan of worshippers are too many to count. When a few wolves howled at the full moon in the West, a few beasts also followed suit here in Hong Kong. Knowing that their next US tourist visa application or green card would not be affected because the targeted dictator is a benign one compared with Beijing, pro-Beijing DAB members and legislators of the Civic Party united in their “anger” and protested for Snowden’s innocence and heroism outside the US Consulate on Garden Road. They have blood on their hands. If I were President Obama, I would clutch my golf club tight, look away and concentrate on my drive. The buck stops somewhere else, far away.