In the 1980s, India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi armed and encouraged Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka, thus creating the Tamil Tigers who blew up airplanes, invented the suicide vest, slaughtered women and children and murdered her son Rajiv. At the same time, the United States bankrolled the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan, thus helping to create Al Qaeda who attacked the Twin Towers and now have off-shoots stretching from Yemen to Iraq and beyond. In 2014, Russia armed and encouraged separatism in Ukraine thus starting a civil war withsophisticated weaponry resulting in the shooting down of MH17. There are probably 500 or so in the villages around who have a pretty good idea who fired the missile. What unfolds in their minds over the next few weeks is crucial. As soon as they begin to weave the big lie, invent myths of glory and honour to tell their children and grand children, justify a lethal injustice by upping hatred for the enemy and brace themselves for violent reprisals, they will go into an unbreakable mental lockdown that will contaminate generations. They could say: “Sorry, we messed up.” But it takes a big confident, mind to do that. Like India and the United States, Russia should prepare for the monster it’s created.