- Over 60 Canadians were onboard the Ukrainian plane.
- UK and Canada claim to have intelligence that the plane was downed by Iranians.
- Russia is actively using whataboutism to counteract the narrative about the plane downing.
Canada and UK claim to have intelligence the Boeing downing that was operated by Ukrainian airlines was done by Iran. Recent reports state that there were over 60 Canadians out of 138 people on board en route to Canada. Many innocent lives were senselessly lost in this tragedy. Canada is a home to over 210,000 Iranian Canadians. There are no direct flights to Iran from Canada. That is one of the reasons many fly to Kyiv and transfer there to reach Canada.
Iran refused to cooperate and give the black boxes to Boeing or the US. The “black box” is made up of two separate pieces of equipment: the flight data recorder (FDR) and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR). They are compulsory on any commercial flight or corporate jet, and are usually kept in the tail of an aircraft, where they are more likely to survive a crash. FDRs record things like airspeed, altitude, vertical acceleration and fuel flow.
Canada has always been a nation of peace and involved in peacekeeping operations. Myself as a Canadian, I am appalled at this situation. Canada and Canadians deserve to know answers about what happened.
Iran is possibly in violation of the Geneva Convention pertaining to the protection of civilian persons in time of war. Iran was a signatory to the treaty in 1949. The ratification occurred in the 1957.
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According to a CNN report, US intelligence claims radar and satellites detected infrared flashes of two missile launches, probably the SA-15, followed by another infrared flash of the explosion. Also, the missiles Iran allegedly used were Russian made as per CNN sourcing from US officials. The missile theory is very realistic due to the initial details released of the transponder loosing signal.
One of the most disturbing responses has been from Russia where social media users have giddily posted theories that the US purposely shot down the Ukrainian plane with Canadians on board. Russian social media is controlled by the Kremlin. If these type of posts were not in line with Putin’s view and agenda, they would have been flagged and removed.
Instead, the fertilizer of social engineering propaganda by Russia continues. It is not a surprise, since Russia even has an Iranian military portal on the VK site, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in numerous languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian speakers. The portal was created in 2006 and has over 500 million users.
Russia is also spinning counter news using whataboutism? Whataboutism, also known as whataboutery, is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument. It is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda. In this case, they are bringing up the catastrophe of the Iranian plane shot down by the US in 1988.
This is a developing story. Iran killing innocent civilians from other nations, that have never been a threat to anyone, is beyond appalling. Could it be that Iran knew the Canadians on board were originally from Iran and the government considered them traitors? Did the Iranian government deliberately execute them in such a horrible manner?