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BS: US war with Iran begins

Steve Shaw 12 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM
robomatic 12 Jan 20 - 01:25 PM
Iains 12 Jan 20 - 01:14 PM
Steve Shaw 12 Jan 20 - 12:47 PM
robomatic 12 Jan 20 - 11:46 AM
Iains 12 Jan 20 - 08:40 AM
Donuel 12 Jan 20 - 07:51 AM
Iains 12 Jan 20 - 05:16 AM
Bonzo3legs 12 Jan 20 - 04:45 AM
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Mossback 11 Jan 20 - 05:41 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 01:29 PM

Cheers, robomatic. For the record, I think that neither country exactly covered itself in glory regarding these two incidents. At least in this case enough's been said to enable us to move on.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 01:25 PM

Steve Shaw:

Thanks for the additional info. I feel the same way you do about that incident. The horrible irony of Iran being at the focus of these horrible occurrences is not lost on me. May there be better times ahead.

Iains:

Technology is so far ahead of where it was in 1988 (when Iran Air 655 was shot down by the Vincennes) and with current technology that allows satellites to downlink to elements in the field down to drones, it is certainly doable. It is high time we get ready for an international conference on warfare and this should be one of the subjects. This is one of those blue sky subject that Donuel might address profitably.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 01:14 PM

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky/2020/01/09/how-iranian-air-defense-forces-could-have-mistaken-a-737-for-a-military-threat/#78c3fbe722e3
@Robomatic. There is no guarantee that a missile battery will be receiving transponder data, target designation will be the priority. Also it is highly unlikely a manpad such as a sam7 will be tracking anything but a heat source.
That is why no fly zones are designated.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 12:47 PM

All from wiki. There has been no admission of liability or apology from the US for the shooting down of Iran Air flight 255. "Expressing deep regret" is not exactly the same thing, is it? The US has tried to blame Iran for putting its plane in the wrong place, like in its own air space for example There is no comparison between the respective responses of the two countries.   

In the days immediately following the incident, US President Ronald Reagan issued a written diplomatic note to the Iranian government, expressing deep regret. However, the United States continued to insist that the Vincennes was acting in self-defense in international waters.

In 1996, the governments of the United States and Iran reached a settlement at the International Court of Justice which included the statement "...the United States recognized the aerial incident of 3 July 1988 as a terrible human tragedy and expressed deep regret over the loss of lives caused by the incident..."As part of the settlement, even though the U.S. government did not admit legal liability or formally apologize to Iran, it still agreed to pay US$61.8 million on an ex gratia basis in compensation to the families of the Iranian victims.


Outrageously, the Fogarty Report into the disaster, only partly released in two parts in 1988 and 1993, stated, "Iran must share the responsibility for the tragedy by hazarding one of their civilian airliners by allowing it to fly a relatively low altitude air route in close proximity to hostilities that had been ongoing". Wow!


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 11:46 AM

Iains:

Civilian Airliners fly scheduled flights along prepared routes. They identify themselves with transponders that carry information about the carrier and the flight. Additionally they are monitored by agencies on the ground which issue control instructions. I think that information can be assimilated into military hardware, with some exceptions such as the 'Ukrainian' front, actually Russians, which shot down Malaysia Flight 17 with a portable Russian made Buk Missile. I think technology and diplomatic capability exists to make this kind of occurrence far rarer. Incidentally your link is incomplete. Please check it.

In the case of Iran Air 655 and the Vincennes, the airliner was flying from an 'enemy' airport, hence who knows but I doubt there was a transfer of believable information to assure the airliner's safety. The Vincennes claimed to have queried the aircraft's identity. Unlike Steve Shaw's claim, apparently Ronald Reagan issued a communication of regret days after the incident. What was argued about was the circumstances of the shoot down.
In the case of Ukrainian Flight PS752 this was Iranian weapons targetting a civilian airliner on their own territory leaving their own airport. The Iranians have done well to 'fess up so soon. But they are still in the hot seat with Canada, Ukraine, world opinion, and their own population which already has serious grievances and has been shot up Tienanmen style over peaceful demonstrations. And yet they persist.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 08:40 AM

Try reading what I said and stop copying our most argumentative member.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky/2020/01/09/how-iranian-air-defense-forces-could-have-mistaken-a-737-for-a-military-t


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 07:51 AM

Iains is suggesting a defensive arms race to fly the unfriendly skies.
The cost for chaff and defensive missles is 12 million per plane/
change a transponder frequency response - free - 25 cents per plane

the word DESPITE is a troll master's favourite.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 05:16 AM

Despite having unique transponders passenger aircraft will always be at risk if straying into contested airspace. If wars are undeclared so also are no fly zones. When defense crews are on a high alert, and response times severely limited, mistakes will occur. The two catastrophes mentioned in this thread are by no means the only ones, and unlikely to be the last. If you have a potential threat heading your way what are you to do?


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 12 Jan 20 - 04:45 AM

For the benefit of the leftwaffe - it's Argentine.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 09:52 PM

Good on ya Steve!

I hereby retract the last line of my last post. Mods, please take note!


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 09:32 PM

"Why don't you care about THAT?"

Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw - PM
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 06:52 PM

It sounds like a horrible accident. Iran, please admit it.

Sorry, mate, but you havehave a message to propagate, and you are doing it whatever anyone else says. If you can't be bothered to read threads, then I can't be bothered talking to you.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 09:17 PM

I prefer the saying that a terrorist is simply someone who delivers a bomb without using an airplane. ToMAYto ToMAHto.
Steve:

I'm not going to play good Kirk evil Kirk with you. I didn't much care for that episode much anyway.

It's easy to say the guy on the other side of the mirror who for all intents and purposes acts the same as oneself is the evil one. At the same time the other side of the mirror sees and says the same thing. This is the equalization argument which muddies the water. But this thread starts and ends with Iran and your trying to drag the Zionist Entity into it is a bad case of equalization.

Let's stick with Iran and its hold by force on its own people and its extention of its power to Arab entities by means known throughout time immemmorial. Let's leave your poor ox out of it for now. You seem bent on dragging it in and you're doing a dog's breakfast of it. Even I could do it better and I'm not going there.

And there isn't much to argue about within the context of this thread. Several days ago I expressed the concern that the last unknown of the wind-down was what happened to the airliner. And it turned out that the worst thing possible happened to the airliner. As of tonight Ukraine and Canada are asking Iran to come clean with the facts. Iran's own people are asking their government to come clean with the facts.

Why don't you care about THAT?


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 08:59 PM

Gosh, nothing I've said is in any way a defence of Hezbollah and Hamas. As for who's a terrorist and who isn't, if you really want to define any state as a a terrorist state (not me, thanks), then Western countries such as yours, mine and, in particular, Israel, should also be so defined, if you want to use the measure of how much death and misery you've caused in other people's countries far from your own. That wouldn't be helpful, just as it wouldn't be helpful in this debate to assert that Iran, in promoting Hezbollah, etc, is merely trying to support repressed Arabs/Palestinians. I like the idea that "terrorists" to one chap might be "freedom fighters" to another chap. If you can't afford for your movement to have an army, then you might resort to terrorism (by its convenient western definition). Always remember that the terrorist is the man with the small bomb.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 08:34 PM

Steve: I don't think your bringing H & H into the argument as responses to another country's aggression as unassailable. They are terrorist organizations used by Iran, and loyal to Iran, and very far from Iran. Leave us not forget their heavy involvent with Syria. There are supposedly thousands of military rockets available in Lebanon to fire to the South. I'm not sure that is unassailable but I believe it. And those rockets are not under the control of the Lebanese officials. So I'd say that the current dictatorship of the Mullahs in Iran (so far unassailable) is controlling many forces not related to Iran itself. And let's not forget poor Yemen, which unfortunately has been a long time stomping ground for forces outside itself. Iran is a terror state as I've said above. And that is possibly damning with too faint a damning. Consider that there have been demonstrations in Iran by its own people condemning their own military in shooting down a civilian airliner.

Your perception of my feelings about Iran owning up versus American owning up is accurate. I don't recall it being four years, but in this case there is a possibility that you have some plain facts. But as to Iran and its support of terror organizations, I think you have strong opinions that you have used to generate up your 'own facts'.

Again, bloodbaths or wars? You have your own ox to gore and you are simply denying it.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 07:47 PM

"Iran has been rather impressive in coming around to admitting it shot down Ukrainian Flight PS752. I remember the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes and the obfuscation that ensued on the part of the United States civilian and military authorities. It was at least as bad as the recent Iranian progression of: 'it was a mechanical failure, it was an engine failure, terrorism has been ruled out' to the current admission of 'our military made a mistake'. I think they recognized that if the evidence was out, and much of it could not be covered up, they might as well face it."

One more time. "At least as bad," eh? Well that's damning with far too faint damning. It took Iran about four days to fess up. It took the US about four years. I'd say that "at least as bad" is a laughable letoff for your country.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 07:37 PM

When you consider what I said about Iran in my last post, robomatic, I'm scratching my head as to how you could possibly see it as my defending Iran. Please reread. If you dispute the unassailable fact that Hezbollah arose directly as a response to Israeli aggression, likewise the Iranian support of Hamas, let's be having your refutation with the facts I appear to have missed. I did not say in any shape or form that I supported those developments. You can ask me my opinion on them if you like but what I stated were the plain facts of the matter. There's far too much twisting of this kind going on in these threads. I'm very disappointed with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Mossback
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 05:41 PM

The 600+ Argentinian deaths were no less important than the British deaths

Now, now, Backwoodsman - you know wog deaths don't count, be they Argentinian, Iraqui, or Iranian!


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Mossback
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 05:22 PM

See how far we've come in 12 years- god help AmeriKKKa-

http://bp0.blogger.com/_v63oTveUEGI/SJjLt0sbepI/AAAAAAAAFBA/lbeXYkrzaMA/s1600-h/tom_tomorrow.jpg


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 03:45 PM

If The Beast of Grantham hadn’t decided to start a war with Argentina, and had simply offered the Falkland-Islanders repatriation to the UK, those 1,000 deaths would not have happened. To that extent, she had responsibility for those deaths - not sole responsibility admittedly, but joint responsibility nonetheless.

The 600+ Argentinian deaths were no less important than the British deaths - every one was somebody’s son, husband, father, brother, and all deaths in that ridiculous, opportunist war were equally tragic, and of equal value.

The Iranian authorities have stated that they shot down the airliner in error, because they mistook it for a US missile. If Trump hadn’t decided to assassinate a senior Iranian official as a way of increasing his popularity and boosting his chances of re-election, the tensions that caused the nervous Iranians to fire in error at a Ukrainian airliner wouldn’t have existed, and it’s virtually certain the airliner would not have been shot down

In that respect, Trump carries some, if not all, of the responsibility for the deaths of those 176 innocent civilians.

It takes a distinct and deep lack of humanity to be unable to see those points as truth.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 03:45 PM

I don't know if I'm missing the point, but how, for fuck sake, is it possible to mistake a Civil Boeing 737 for a military cruise missile. Clearly the Persian idiot who did needs stringing up on a crane!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 03:23 PM

Backwoodsman:
So, in order to preserve his own political career, Big Orange has been prepared to sacrifice 176 innocent lives in the aircraft-downing incident. Very similar to Thatcher’s cunning stunt, saving her prime-ministership by going to war with Argentina in 1982 and sacrificing ~1,000 lives in order to hang on to her job.
Margaret Thatcher did not sacrifice 1,000 lives.
UK losses were 255 military personnel and 3 Falkland islanders. She cannot be held responsible for the deaths in an invading force.
You may feel differently, but the counter argument would be that even the 255 UK military personnel were victims of Argentinian attacks, not of the UK response.

Similarly the 176 deaths which you attribute to "Big Orange" (presumably you mean "Trump") were air passengers (and crew) shot down by Iran.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 02:20 PM

”Maybe you want to go into full-on Trump tactics like Backwoodsy who is going on to incorporate the tragic and admitted Iranian shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner to the account of Trump. I suppose it is considered fair to use Trump tactics on Trump, but the end result is to render oneself unbelievable. Is it really worth it to sacrifice rationality for hate to deliver a thread barb?”

Any leader who initiates warlike action - e.g. the assassination of a senior official of another country - does so in the full knowledge that there will almost certainly be unintended consequences, which will likely involve other deaths, and very likely those deaths will be of innocent civilians.

Trump is a documented liar, and manipulator of situations to suit his own personal agenda - there is a mass of evidence available to anyone who cares to check it out.

There is nothing ‘unbelievable’ or ‘sacrificing rationality for hate to deliver a thread barb’ in those statements of fact.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 02:00 PM

Did they really write 'buried the lede'? That should put the entire quotation in doubt.

Actually, the U.S. Administration has said more than once that the target was actively involved in terror attacks. I am NOT saying that it's true. I am saying that your (Mossy) 'lead' is not accurate. Maybe you want to go into full-on Trump tactics like Backwoodsy who is going on to incorporate the tragic and admitted Iranian shootdown of the Ukrainian airliner to the account of Trump. I suppose it is considered fair to use Trump tactics on Trump, but the end result is to render oneself unbelievable. Is it really worth it to sacrifice rationality for hate to deliver a thread barb?

Which brings me to what I was hoping not to have to return to, but Iran has been rather impressive in coming around to admitting it shot down Ukrainian Flight PS752. I remember the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes and the obfuscation that ensued on the part of the United States civilian and military authorities. It was at least as bad as the recent Iranian progression of: "it was a mechanical failure, it was an engine failure, terrorism has been ruled out" to the current admission of "our military made a mistake". I think they recognized that if the evidence was out, and much of it could not be covered up, they might as well face it. Afterwards they can spin it as Backwoodsy is doing above. It is more mature behavior than obvious fabrications backed up by stolid indifference such as Putin has exhibited with Siberian Flight 1812 (shot down by Ukrainian forces) and Malaysian Flight 17 (shot down by Russian forces).

In the case of the USS Vincennes shooting down Iran Air Flight 655 it is a confession that the U.S. military could not tell what they were shooting at. I don't know what the Iranians will end up with, but clearly they did not know either. More accurately, I don't think they knew, because I can't imagine why it would be in their interest to take it out knowingly.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 01:12 PM

Interestingly in 1973 the Falklands became an EU dependency. The only participating EU ally? was supplying exocets to the Argentinians. This is an issue never raised, but raises many questions about the reliability of the EU.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 12:03 PM

So, in order to preserve his own political career, Big Orange has been prepared to sacrifice 176 innocent lives in the aircraft-downing incident. Very similar to Thatcher’s cunning stunt, saving her prime-ministership by going to war with Argentina in 1982 and sacrificing ~1,000 lives in order to hang on to her job.

Pieces of shit, the pair of them. May they rot in hell.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Mossback
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 11:17 AM

Ahem.

The primary argument in support of the drone strike is that Suleimani was a bad guy with blood on his hands, which is a juvenile non sequitur. There are any number of military commanders around the world who would fit that description at any given time and, despite his prominence, Suleimani implemented policies rather than formulating them....

If Iraqis’ perspectives featured into the reporting on Trump’s attack, Americans might come to appreciate how outraged they are that al-Muhandis and other Iraqi nationals were killed in a strike on Iraqi territory. They might understand that Suleimani was in Iraq as a guest of the government on routine business when the strike occurred, and that he was seen as a hero to many Iraqis, who credited him for defeating the feared and almost universally loathed Islamic State...

While Suleimani was a brutally efficient commander, he was, contrary to the dominant narrative in the US, a moderating influence on Iraq’s sprawling network of Shia militia groups...

Iraqis are now fearful of becoming caught in a crossfire in an escalating conflict between the US and Iran–of Iraqi civilian deaths mounting as the rivals wage a proxy war within their borders. They have reason to be. And many are furious at both the US and Tehran for trampling over their hard-fought sovereignty.

Just 17 years after a US war of choice that was sold to the world on a pack of lies and which led to the death and displacement of millions of Iraqis, it is this reality that most of the discussion here at home simply ignores.


Excerpted from:

https://www.alternet.org/2020/01/missing-from-the-debate-trumps-assassination-of-suleimani-was-another-egregious-american-assault-on-iraqs-sovereignty/

**************

In this morning’s Wall Street Journal seven esteemed reporters committed one of journalism’s professional sins. They buried the lede. Nearly 30 paragraphs into a 2,200-word story, they said:

    "Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said."

The buried lede suggests something else worth exploring. The president may not have been alone in seeking to please Republican senators who will sit in judgement of him during the impeachment trial. It may be that a Republican senator—Lindsey Graham comes to mind—encouraged the president to act on Soleimani. In that case, we would have to face yet another unbearable truth: some Republicans in the United States Senate are conspiring with the president in defrauding the people to maintain power.


Excerpted from:

https://www.alternet.org/2020/01/the-wall-street-journal-accidentally-reveals-the-unbearable-truth-about-suleimanis-assassination/


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 10:57 AM

Steve. By bloodbaths do you mean wars? Your defense of Iran overlooks their Byzantine tactics of paying for subordinate mercenaries including right now Houthies and militias world wide to extend their influences. Research how popular they are with Arabians in general. This behavior goes back to Persians who messed with the Greeks which you may already have read about. They are proud of their long history.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 06:33 AM

So IAINS says WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN SHOOT DOWNS.

Playing 'whataboutism'* is sick.

Instead look at all the shoot downs of innocent passengers
and condemn them all.

The Guilty nations or individuals go to extremes to deny thier crimes.
Russia even broadcast that dead bodies were loaded on a plane to stage a conspiracy against Russia. The US uses dubious animations.


It took a week but Iran fessed up that they messed up..

Remember these are just 'small' hand held weapons.

'WHAT ABOUT'* NUKES :^\


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Mrrzy
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 06:15 AM

The Vincennes crew, as I understand that one, was mostly misled by poor computer programming and a total failure on the command level of sending a human outside to look up in the sky and see if the icon on the crew's screens was correct.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 04:57 AM

Quite a contrast in how long it took the culprits to admit to shooting down the planes in 1988 and this week respectively. Also, after the Lockerbie incident, American intelligence officers were swarming all over the crash site within a few hours, studiously removing evidence. The upshot was an egregious miscarriage of justice and no closure for the victims' families. I tend not to do conspiracy theories but I've never quite got my head round what the yanks might have been up to - and why the UK authorities allowed them unfettered and uncontrolled access to the crime scene.

Again, whilst I'll never be an apologist for successive ghastly Iranian regimes, I'd remind robomatic that Iran has never invaded a neighbouring country, and that the founding of Hezbollah and the support for Hamas sprang directly from Israeli aggression. There have been plenty of bloodbaths at the hands of Israeli regimes, carried out with the acquiescence and support of the west. Let's not be one-sided about it.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 02:04 AM

Lest the outrage over the downed airliner get too extreme it is worth pointing out that the USS Vincennes fired a RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile at Iran Air Flight 655. The airplane was destroyed and all 290 passengers and crew died. USS Vincennes was in Iranian waters at the time of the attack. In both cases we would hope the downing was
misidentification and not deliberate.

A story making the rounds on the assassination below:
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/01/breaking-report-iran-roundup-for-january-4th-thru-9th-general-soleimani-was-betrayed-by

Maybe in 50 years we will know the truth.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 12:37 AM

Since KAL007 airliner shootdowns and of course the Twin Towers loss of 4 of them all I find uniquely horrible. Other than writing in here I avoided the news today to avoid being sick. I won't write in on this for a while. Good thread, though. Good talkin' at ya. Thank you all.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 12:07 AM

BBC TV News a few moments ago - Iran has admitted it shot down the Ukrainian airliner ‘unintentionally, as a result of American adventurism’. The Iranian foreign minister has offered ‘profound regrets and apologies’.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 09:12 PM

Steve- Shaw is a more distinctive appellation which was all I was aiming for. I try mostly to call people what they wish. Robomatic was my DJ name when I was on the air with zero listeners. You can call me 'Robo' or 'Matic' or something more interesting so long as I understand your intent. I guess I only know one 'Steve' in these threads so I'll try to 'member.

Mossy I think I made my point pretty clearly. Your spell of outrage comes off to me as a bit of misplaced virtuosity. You make no effort to explicate what you mean by 'illegal' and 'immoral' (though I made no mention of legality or morality in my post).

...but now that you mention it, what's wrong with offing a crumbum? I'm reminded of a short story that came out right after the Six Day War (Spring 1967 before the West Bank settlement issue which came much much later). In it, Goliath's family laments his loss not getting to arrive home after killing all the Jews. The story was from the book "Unfair to Goliath".

My opinion of the Current Occupant as a person is not necessarily the same as simply acknowledging that he may have become more electable for the time being, which I think is what we Yanks call a 'no-brainer'.

Meanwhile, we have this terrible plane crash which I'm ready to call a shoot-down. Our fearless leader has come clean out of that although I'm sure there are going to be folks who lay the chain of events to his 'credit'.

Make no mistake. Iran is a terror state, and has been since at least the return of Khomeini (and many would say since the overthrow of Mossadegh, and they would not be wrong). Under the undemocratic rule of the Mullahs and Ayatollah, Iran has indulged in bloodbaths to institute its regime, when it was attacked by Iraq its response was to throw untrained and underaged boys and men into mass wave attacks, and whenever its own citizens have peacably assembled for redress of grievances they have been subject to state violence including hundreds killed within the last month. Iran has internalized this violence, and also externalized it, resulting in the deaths of many Americans. Solemeini had it SO-coming!


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Mossback
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 06:05 PM

I agree with Shaw that Trump has done well for himself to the current point, in showing restraint.

Ex-fucking 'scuse me????? Because the guy he illegally and immorally sucker-punched for no reason other than to win points with his brain-dead cult didn't punch back harder? (yet?) And he hasn't retaliated (yet?)

Next you'll be thanking Geo. W Butch for his restraint on Iraq.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 05:11 PM

"I agree with Shaw..."

If you promise to call me Steve I promise not to call you Matic. Deal?


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 04:59 PM

Obama said he told his daughter's prom date about his drone termination powers. }:^/

Trump forgot he wasn't on 5th Avenue. Thats why he is trying to trump up self defense by saying "Americans were under 'enema' attack".

There is no proof that 'General Salami me' was leading an imminent attack. But then again thats how proxy terrorism works.

Trump probably was dressed down by Putin. Donnie had to obey.

Don't forget the Trump threat about destroying 52 cultural sites.
Then he got a 'phone call'

No I don't see a rational toned down trump


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 04:21 PM

Yeah, I was thinking about that. It would have been a strong Republican argument to remind us all that Obama used drone strikes a lot. If that argument got made I didn't notice. Either the counter argument that Solemeini was a much higher profile target was taken into consideration, or the Republicans did not want to remind the American public that Democrats are quite capable killers as well.

I agree with Shaw that Trump has done well for himself to the current point, in showing restraint. The restraint has been in not reacting militarily to the Iran rocket attack. Also in being a tad less bellicose than normal.

On the other hand, Canada and Ukraine may have some ideas that without the initial killing of the Iranian, there might have been no back and forth volley, and 170 plus civilians might still be alive today.

There was an episode either last year or the year before where the Israelis raided Syrian positions (probably Iranian backed targets) via fighters, got them out of the airspace, but a Syrian missile took out a Russian plane in response. I think Israel actually apologized to Russia over that.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 06:42 AM

What are we going to do with all these democrats who are in love with terrorists? Obama drone snuffed a US citizen in Africa for fometing terrorism, why can't our leader drone target Pelosi?
We criminalized the Communist party. Its time to criminalize the Democrat party and have a night of the long knives for America to be free of crazy insane demented demoncrats. Do your part and go to www.feurher.com for your assignment.

"Um Senator, I think we are getting ahead of the plan"
Senator Collins


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 09:36 PM

Now the NTSB and Sweden are invited to investigate by the Irainian civil aviation director. Iran is taking the high road while Russia, who downed KH17 in Ukrain, never did.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 06:57 PM

Iran has officially invited Boeing to investigate.

Today Trump had intense blue circles under his eyes that cosmetics could not mask. Fatigue, health consequences, I dunno.
We all know Mr. Cheetoe does not drink but I would not rule out drug use.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 06:52 PM

It sounds like a horrible accident. Iran, please admit it. Trump has been restrained. It's the first decent thing he's done in the whole of his bloody life.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: robomatic
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 06:35 PM

I guess it will complicate things with Ukraine (newish Boeing and high time highly trained crew), and Canada, and any Iranian citizens who learn the truth, but it's no skin off of the U.S. It's a horrible thing to happen to civilians traveling in a dicey arena. I suspect that an effort will be made to characterize airspace in a way that will sensitize warring parties in the near future. It should be doable with current technology and with the U.N. maybe taking a role in coordination. Or the Int'l Airlline Pilots Assoc.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 05:47 PM

Its real


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 04:10 PM

Currently available on the BBC News app, but I don’t know how to link to it here.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 04:06 PM

The BBC Report I referred to was on the BBC News TV channel this afternoon. I don’t know if you can receive it in the US?


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 03:51 PM

I have not found this on bbc but the newly-bearded Trudeau claims there are data. I find him believable, usually.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 03:11 PM

and Iran buys the launcher and GA missiles from RUSSIA.


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 02:48 PM

A Canadian press release confirms it was an Iranian missile attack


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Subject: RE: BS: US war with Iran begins
From: Iains
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 01:40 PM

RT reports the plane was returning to the airport when it crashed. Radar traces would confirm deny this speculation. If true, this would make the missile scenario unlikely. It could also have been a trigger happy missile crew on the ground.
In war the first casualty is truth.


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