Months After Shooting Down an Airliner Filled with Civilians, Iran Calls Harmless U.S. Fighter Move ‘Terrorist Act’


If there’s any country that probably shouldn’t be playing the righteous indignation card over an American jet fighter doing a visual inspection of one of the country’s airliners from a safe distance, it’s Iran. It’s difficult to remember because 2020 is a year that feels about as blurry as 10 p.m. feels to Johnny Depp, but less than eight months ago, Iran shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 as it departed Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport because Iran’s armed forces thought it was a hostile target. Why did they think the Boeing 737 posed a threat? Iran had just launched its reciprocal attack against an American air base over our targeted strike that killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

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