Who Is the Terrorizer? and.... Who Shot Down the Jet?
and about that airline crash...
Trumps impetuous killing of a senior Iranian administration official led to a military crisis that apparently led to an airliner with hundreds of people aboard being shot out of the sky 10 miles from Tehran. It's increasingly looking like the Ukrainian International Airlines jet that went down within hours of the Iranian missile strike after taking off from Tehran was shot down by a missile itself. A few hours earlier, the Pentagon and the FAA had issued a notice to pilots saying that no private aircraft should be flying in a Iranian air space, implying that if they did, the United States would shoot them down. The Ukrainian Jet was under what is called "positive control," which means that they were in continuous communication with the Iranian air traffic controllers. Which means it's much less likely that the Iranians shot this airliner down than somebody else. So, who shot down the jet? And why does the Trump Administration refuse to discuss it?
I can't help but think Iran shot down their own. Based only on how quick they hauled away all the wreckage. Makes them look guilty of something. Their soldiers were probably anticipating a US response, when this plane showed up...Panic!
None of this explains why the US media is so quick to point out that the missile was Russian-made, seedng more conspiracy theories. How could they possibly even know that before any of the wreckage was examined?
Please suggest that your anti-Russian, anti-Putin callers read Stephen F. Cohen's book War with Russia? for some balance on this whole Putin-as-all-powerful-god-that-rules-the-earth narrative.
That said, IF it turns out that the Tehran plane crash that killed 176 human lives WAS the result of an anti-aircraft missile mistake, I hope all of the souls of the men, women and children onboard haunt everyone responsible until their dying days.
That includes both the Iranian ( Khamenei, Rouhani) AND US leadership (Trump, Pence, Pompeo, O'Brien, etc.) who put the world on edge for the last ten days, potentially resulting in this senseless loss of innocent life. If only the shared grief could spark some realization of the consequences of war and make world leaders look at what they have done to control the oil.
This morning Iran admitted they shot down the plane thinking it was an incoming cruise missile. Fault goes to the ones that did not shutdown commercial aviation after an act of war in the launching of missiles at Iraq. You can blame the assasination. But the missiles was an international act of war. Why would you keep commercial airliners in the air if you expected retaliation. I take the blame back to Bush/Cheney. They fired the Sunni Government and Military (forming ISIS) and installed a minority Shiite Goverment and military. The only thing that holds it together is USA military presence and now Iranian Shiites moving in. Iran is now strong in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
So, it looks like american fire shot down the jet. And they must have known it was not a military threat.