Iranian state media admitted Friday that the nation’s military had shot down a passenger airliner that was departing Tehran on Wednesday, confirming the suspicions of many after initial reports claimed that the plane had crashed as a result of mechanical problems.
All 176 on board the Ukrainian-bound Boeing 737 perished in the crash, which took place on a night of heavy military tensions between the United States and Iran. Iran had fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing American service members earlier in the day, in response to the killing of General Qassim Soleimani.
The Iranian state media statement on the incident calls the event an accident, stating that air defense personnel targeted the civilian airliner after it had turned towards a base of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Iran initially denied claims that the airliner was brought down intentionally. Videos of the burning aircraft show external damage, confirming the admission that the plane was struck by a surface-to-air launched missile.
A spokesman for Iran’s mullahs had earlier referred speculation that the plane was destroyed intentionally as propaganda, calling such claims a “big US lie.”
نخستین ویدئو از سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی اطراف شهریار pic.twitter.com/M3bZiLLryQ
— خبرگزاری ایسنا (@isna_farsi) January 8, 2020
It’s fortunate that President Trump arranged for cooler heads to prevail, declining to escalate hostilities with the rogue Middle Eastern nation after their humble response to the elimination of Soleimani. Trump is said to have called off a series of devastating counter-attacks on Iran after the missile strikes, taking into account anti-war commentary from Tucker Carlson and finding out the missiles didn’t kill any American service members.
A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces:
Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster
Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 11, 2020
Iran’s bumbling and catastrophic killing of 176 people- a majority of whom were Iranian citizens- shows the consequences of the nation’s militaristic and aggressive foreign policy. Its people deserve better.
Socialist Danish Prime Minister Sets Goal of “Zero” Asylum Applications, Citing “Social Cohesion”
This socialist has better immigration policy than most American “conservatives.”
The Prime Minister of Denmark is pledging to work to eliminate asylum applications to her nation, citing the damaging effects of migration from non-western countries and the impact on Denmark’s “social cohesion.”
PM Mette Frederiksen set the goal during a Friday speech at the Danish parliament, the Folketing.
“We cannot promise zero asylum seekers, but we can set out the vision that we also did before the elections, namely that we want a new asylum system and then we do what we can to introduce it.”
Frederiksen cited the criminal element present in immigrant enclaves in Denmark as evidence to phase away the asylum system in Denmark. Frederiksen is the leader of the Social Democrats party, which has broken the mold of western liberal and leftist parties by opposing mass immigration while advancing economic policies aimed to alleviate income inequality.
“One in five young men from non-Western backgrounds who were born in 1997 had breached the penal code before the age of 21. One in five.
It’s nothing new, and that’s the problem: it’s been going on for too many years. Girls are called derogatory things because they are Danish. Or girls are subjected to social control because they have become too Danish. A sausage cart in Brønshøj is attacked with firecrackers because it sells pork.”
Denmark already contrasts with its Scandinavian neighbors through its more conservative immigration policies. The country accepted less than 1,000 asylum seekers last year(in part due to coronavirus travel restrictions), far less than more liberal nations such as Sweden and Germany.
With the Biden administration already working to restart American globo-liberal regime change operations abroad, it ranges from possible to likely that political tumult in the Middle East and Asia will result in a renewed wave of illegal migration from the region to Europe sometime in the near future.
As American conservatives waste time working to lower Jeff Bezos’ taxes and shilling for corrupt oligarchs, the government of Denmark appears set to provide an example in fighting for the interests of its citizens.
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