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Iran Keeps Blaming Itself - How Can There be a Ukraine Air Cover-Up?

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[The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani says no effort was made to cover up the reasons behind the crash of a Ukrainian plane in southwest Tehran, emphasizing that covering up such incident was impossible in view of its nature and characteristics.]

Iranian missile shot down Ukrainian Boeing 737
Iranian missile shot down Ukrainian Boeing 737
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The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards testified to Parliament, "I swear to almighty God that I wished I were in that plane and had crashed with them". Two days earlier the chief aerospace commander told a press conference, "I wish I was dead and such an incident hadn't happened".

Where is the defiance, deflection and distraction of this alleged "cover-up"?

Many people have been quite shocked by Iran's response to the tragic, mistaken downing of a Ukraine International Airlines flight.

Iran's President Rouhani said, "I will never apologize for Iran - I don't care what the facts are." Tehran plans to never apologize, admit wrongdoing nor to accept responsibility.

All of the Iranian soldiers involved were awarded Combat Action Ribbons, the air-warfare coordinator received a Commendation Medal and the commanding officer was awarded the Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct."

No one in the Iranian armed forces will ever be punished.

Many believe Iran shot down the plane purposely in order to instigate war.

Obviously, all of the above four paragraphs are totally false, but only when applied to Iran and not the US.

The shocking belligerence, shamelessness and inhumanity I just recounted was the very real response from Washington after they shot down civilian Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988, killing 290 people. Anyone who has been following the recent tragic events is aware that Iran's official response has been the complete opposite of how Washington handled a very similar tragedy.

But firstly: I find it incredible that some accuse Iran of a cover-up?

While, of course, the Western Mainstream Media will commit any lying exaggeration to further their billionaire masters' instructions to topple Iran's popular revolution, I lay the blame primarily at the unreasonable demands modern society puts on government servants via the 24/7 news cycle.

Iran admitted it was their missile which felled the airplane just three days afterwards, and - crucially - in conjunction with prepared apologies, self-recriminations and promises of punishing the negligent and/or fatally erroneous.

However, three days was too long for some. I really wonder at the naivete' of such, often well-meaning, people.

Is no delay acceptable? No verifications needed at all?

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Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has (more...)
 

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