The death of Megrahi has understandably reopened old wounds and brought many people to the fore. One speaking on UK TV Sunday May 20, 2012, raised a subject that the Americans would rather forget. This is the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655.
Flight 655 was a civilian flight. It was shot down by US Forces in July 1988. It was the end of the Iran Iraq war and the plane was flying over the Strait of Hormuz. It was in Iranian air space and not infringing any territorial claims. All of the civilians on board this plane were killed. 290 in total were on-board, including 66 children and 16 crew.
Responsible for this plane destruction and the 290 deaths was United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49) and its command. Those killed were from various countries including Iran, United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Yugoslavia and Italy.
For some this terrible tragedy is in part responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy. Look online and you will find plenty of information regarding this plane's demise and the compensation that eventually the US paid out, obviously accepting liability.
What the man interviewed on UK TV was talking about though was how the US has never apologised for its actions. How the US cannot see that their actions in July 1988 could have led to the Lockerbie tragedy in December 1988. Tit for tat reprisals are nothing new. In some ways the recent war in Iraq and ongoing war in Afghanistan were just that, in response to 9/11.
So many times writing articles regarding such issues involving the US this blogger brings to mind "As you sow so shall you reap" With so much of the US supposedly God fearing individuals it puzzles how they cannot see this too.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog