It was just another Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 civilians onboard. But Iran’s retaliatory spree against the United States had already made them blind, as they hit airplane with a missile on Wednesday, which the nation has now admitted and disguised as a human error.
Announcing on early Saturday, Iran’s military said that it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet because of human error, misunderstanding its unexpected sharp turn towards a sensitive military base.
The Gulf nation earlier maintained that a mechanical issue had brought the Boeing airliner down, but after multiple reports cited missile shooting down the aircraft, the nation had to admit the mistake.
Soon after the military made the announcement, President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter: “The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.” He also offered condolences to the victims’ families and informed investigations were underway. Meanwhile, the military also said that person responsible would bear the legal consequences for the activity.
US-Iran war for supremacy has seen a lot of retribution in the past, but Iran’s irresponsible move has been largely condemned both inside and across the borders.
Ukrainian officials criticized Iran’s conduct, citing had Ukraine’s endeavor not unveiled evidence of missile strike, the latter would not have taken the responsibility. Besides, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, reacting to Iran’s announcement, said his country will “insist on a full admission of guilt” by Tehran.
On the other hand, protests erupted in Tehran and other Iranian cities as people pushed against Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Some videos surfaced to show loud chants of Khamenei is a murderer!”, as police dispersed demonstrators using an anti-riot police tear-gas. Khamenei to his defense, however, played a safe card by stating that he was the one who ordered the subordinates to be honest about the tragedy.
Ironically, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, still had the guts to associate United States with the chaos. In his statement on Twitter he wrote: “Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster.”
The United States was “preparing to aerially target sensitive defense and key sites and multiple targets in our country, and this led to even more sensitive defense posture by our antiaircraft units,” the statement informed in defense.
A Human Error?
The calamitous activity disguised as human error and given hope with opening of investigation, has been met with some of the very contradictory stands.
At first, Ukraine has denied the assertion of the unexpected sharp turn. The nation has further accused Iran of having recklessly permitted commercial flights at the time of security emergency and of violating the procedure for a post-crash investigation.
“Everything was done absolutely inappropriately,” Oleksiy Danilov, the Ukrainian security official overseeing the crash inquiry said.
Iran at once seemed doing alright with the anger over loss of their military commander Qasem Soleimani, but their quest to glory now been seized. The spillover from the so-called flamboyant decision to blow away US bases in Iraq, has instead blown them away with a knockout punch.
The hardline fact of the US-Iran war remains utter hatred between the two, but even the people in Iran now want “Death to liars!” and “Death to the dictator!” who are destroying everything with the power in their hands.