Iran is finally admitting it shot down the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport. Islamic Revolutionary Guard General Amir Ali Hajizadeh broke the news at a press conference.
He claims they believed the airliner was a U.S. launched cruise missile so they shot two surface-to-air missiles at it, killing all 176 people on board. It happened only hours after Iran lobbed 22 surface-to-surface missiles into Iraq attempting to kill U.S. service members based at Al-Asad air base in western Iraq. The missiles failed to kill anyone. The attack was in retaliation for the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
Iran is a garbage country
Iran lied about the airliner shootdown for over three days. They insisted they did not shoot down the airplane. The country claims to be religious and holy, yet they lied to the entire world about what really happened.
They are still lying when they say they thought the Boing 737 was a cruise missile. There’s no way they could have thought that. A cruise missile and a civilian airliner look vastly different on radar. A Boing 737 looks massive while a cruise missile looks tiny. The airliner was leaving Imam Khomeini International Airport, climbing in altitude. A cruise missile would not have been leaving Imam Khomeini International Airport. It would not have been climbing in altitude. Radar would have instantly shown all this information.
I think Iran meant to shoot down a civilian airliner
The scenario that makes the most sense to me is that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard shot down the airliner on purpose in an absurd attempt to make the United States look bad. Not that it even needs any help in the department.
As soon as the story broke that a civilian airliner went down over the outskirts of Tehran, members of the mainstream news media began saying the aircraft fell victim to “crossfire” between the U.S. and Iran.
Susan Hennessey is a CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, yet doesn’t seem to know what the word crossfire means. Coincidently, she’s delivering the exact message the Islamic Revolutionary Guard wants her and other Western journalists to communicate.
That’s assuming anyone on CNN’s payroll can be considered a journalist.
The United States needs to leave the Middle East
We’ve been in the Middle East now for decades and I’ve yet to see anything even remotely positive come from it. All the lives, all that money and nothing good to show for it. How many generations must fight and die in the Middle East before we admit what we’re doing isn’t working?
We should remove our military assists from the entire region, stop funding Israel, stop selling weapons, and remove all of the sanctions currently in place. Flood the region with American made goods and technology. Countries that trade together are less inclined to wage war against each other. At least that’s what I heard once in a country-western song.
The days of America pretending the be a policeman in the Middle East are over. We just don’t realize it yet. We need to allow the Middle East to be the Middle East without even a whiff of American intervention.
We also need to invest more heavily in technology that will make the Middle East even more irrelevant. That means weaning ourselves away from fossil fuels. We need to invest heavily in nuclear power as a way to generate electricity, not coal and natural gas. Our vehicles should run on electricity, not gasoline or diesel fuel.
It will not happen overnight. The sooner we start, the quicker the change will happen.