Daniel Halliday
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What can be learned from Iran Air Flight 655?

On the 3rd July 1988 an Airbus A300 civilian passenger aircraft of Iran Air’s flight 655 was shot down by a United States Navy missile launched from the USS Vincennes stationed in the Persian Gulf. What happened to lead up to this incident? What was the reasoning behind it? What is the significance of Iran Air Flight 655 in the current standoff between Iran and the United States?
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Following the shooting down of Iran Air flight 665 by the USS Vincennes, President Ronald Reagan issued an apology to Iran expressing “deep regret” [1]. However according to the formal investigation carried out by Admiral William Fogarty Iran should have taken some of the responsibility for allowing a civilian airliner to fly at low altitude in a region of recent hostilities. Although this was a tragic accident, heightening diplomatic tensions can make such accidents more likely and Iran is undermining international peacekeeping efforts and escalating their position as a nuclear threat to this day. In light of current tensions with the U.S., Iran should cease aggressive actions, such as the recent shooting down of a U.S. drone, stop interfering internationally, such as the recent Aramco strikes in Saudi Arabia, as escalating such tensions is what causes dreadful mistakes such as the Iran Air Accident.

[1] washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1988/07/06/reagan-apologized-to-iran-for-downing-of-jetliner/9523c6dc-a244-4b3b-90e9-054168d98c79 apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a203577.pdf

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One piece of evidence of the widespread reckless foreign policy of the US

The shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 was not an accident, it was an illegal act of reckless negligence and aggression on the part of the US Navy and underlines a massive problem with both the international stationing of US troops and the US governments response to illegal actions such as this. The Americans claim that the incident followed the misidentification of the aircraft, which has been disproven and the US began to attempt a cover-up, making claims that have consequently also been disproven. During an International Court of Justice hearing the United States admitted legal liability and paid $131 million but never apologised for their obviously wrong actions. America had overreacted and then acted deceitfully in the 1980s and is now escalating the situation with Iran needlessly, they have a bad track record of interference in Iran and globally and serious questions need to be answered to avoid a repeat of disasters such as this, especially during such a tense time.

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