On the same night Iran launched strikes on US military bases in Iraq, Americans woke up the news that a civilian airliner had crashed just after taking off from Tehran, Iran en route to Ukraine. The crash instantly killed all 176 civilians on board, including 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, four Britons and three Germans.
Due to the tension in the region, concerns immediately focused on terrorism or that it was shot down by a military missile, like MH17 in Ukraine only a few years ago. Suspicions were even higher when Iran refused to allow anyone else participate in the investigation. The plane was made by Boeing, a US based company, and the Iranian government refused to allow the US or Boeing join the investigation at all.
However, earlier today United States intelligence sources were quoted saying that a satellite detected two missile launches followed by the explosion that downed the civilian plane. Other officials believe the plane was hit by a Russian-made Tor missile, which Iran is known to have received from Russia in the past.
While the Iranian government is denying that their military hit the plane, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson both spoke on the matter today, with Trudeau urging a “thorough investigation.” Trudeau refused to direct blame at Iran however.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on the plane crash in Iran that killed 176 civilians, including 63 Canadians.
The current speculation is that the Iranians believed the plane to be an American bomber, and fired as a result of the tensions in the region. Iran on the other hand insisted that the plane reported a problem and was turning back, and that it was “impossible” that a missile hit the plane.
However, it is Iran’s rhetoric and refusal to allow investigators from the US, Canada and Ukraine to assist in the investigation that leads the international community to point all fingers at the rogue and trigger happy regime. It had only been a short few hours before that Iran admitted they fired missiles into Iraq to target American forces, so it would not be unusual for the regime to expect a counter strike.
Despite this, Iran’s actions are reprehensible and deserve significant attention and action from the international community. Prime Minister Trudeau should now be leading the charge to back the United States in their hard line stance against Iran, and immediately pursue further sanctions. Trudeau should also work with the heads of other impacted nations to take the case to the United Nations with hopes of pressuring Iran to allow a full and impartial investigation into the matter.
When it is proven that Iran shot down the plane, further sanctions should be placed on the nation to curb their aggressive military actions and any further nuclear development. It is clear that Iran is irresponsible with their military actions, and that they are a clear and present danger to the international community.
Regardless of Iran’s cooperation, the international community should stand united in calling out the rogue regime and their continued acts of violence against nations across the world. Iran had a number of ways to confirm whether the plane was civilian or military, including its own records from Tehran’s international airport. Iran’s refusal to even check before firing and murdering 176 innocent civilians shows just how dangerous this current regime is.
One would think that these concerns are common sense, however, a number of politicians in the United States have instead decided to turn this into a political issue instead of a common sense one. 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted out the following statement in response to the attack:
“Innocent civilians are now dead because they were caught in the middle of an unnecessary and unwanted military tit for tat.”
There is no evidence that the United States or any of its allies have fired missiles or flown military aircraft anytime recently, and certainly not during the past week of tensions. This is an irresponsible statement from someone who should know better. Statements like this will only serve to divide our nation even further, and embolden rogue states like Iran, and while I do not support war with Iran, the international community cannot allow actions like this to stand.
The case against Iran is already cut and dry, but it should be enough to convince Democrats, Republicans and others across the international community who have been soft on Iran to change their tune and push this rogue regime. If we do not unite and stand up against Iran, their actions will only continue to put more innocents at risk.
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