It was 19 years ago.
Almost the same gang were in the White House, back then they were supporting Saddam and were doing everything to stop the Islamic Republic of Iran. The US reaction to the crime was simple and quick. They were sorry, but refused to admit any wrong doing! Read this, you will recognize the bastard son of him who is the US president today:
The aircraft shown is not the plane shot down by the US warship
“I will never apologise for the United States of America, ever. I don’t care what it has done. I don’t care what the facts are.”
Vice-President George H. W. Bush, August 1988
The death of 290 innocent civilians by the criminal action of the US government who was helping Saddam in the last months of the 8 years war between Iraq and Iran was the last push from Reagan to show to Khomeini that nothing would stop him from putting an end to Khomeini’s ambition to get rid of Saddam.
For Reagan, Saddam was a great puppet, he was doing US’ dirty job and was the firs line of defense against IRI’s ambition to free “Qods” (Jerusalem) from it’s occupants. The man responsible for this crime William C. Rogers III who was the captain of USS Vincennes at the time of the incident was awarded the Legion of Merit award for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of an outstanding service” by George Bush (Sr).
John Barry and Roger Charles, of Newsweek, wrote that Commander Rogers acted recklessly and without due care. Their report further accused the U.S. government of a cover-up. An analysis of the events by the International Strategic Studies Association described the deployment of an AEGIS cruiser in the zone as irresponsible and felt that the expense of the ship had played a major part in the setting of a low threshold for opening fire. On November 6, 2003 the International Court of Justice concluded that the U.S. Navy’s actions in the Persian Gulf at the time had been unlawful.
It is worthy to mention that United Arab Emirates, records showed that the Vincennes was actually inside of Iran’s territorial waters, not forty miles south (where the ship had been officially ordered by fleet headquarters to stay) as Captain Rogers and government reports had claimed. Furthermore, Flight 655 was directly inside of its commercial flight path, not four miles outside of it–as Rogers and the Vincennes crew also claimed.
Three years after the incident, Admiral William Crowe admitted on ABC Nightline that the Vincennes was inside Iranian territorial waters at the time of the shoot-down. This directly contradicted the official Navy claims of the previous years.
Lets not forget this crime, and remember those who covered it up and do not buy their lies again.
Some places to read more about this:
- Norman Solomon : KAL 007 and Iran Air 655 comparing thecoverage
- Daily Kos: Iran Air Flight 655
- The Lies of US government
- Iran Chamber
- Iran Air Flight 655: Information from Answers.com
- SEA OF LIES
- History Channels Cover up of the Story with lies
- The lies covered in a book “Storm Center” as one comment said: “This is pure apologia” and “Storm Center” is a sad work of fiction.