Wed | Jan 22, 2020

When revenge goes wrong

Published:Monday | January 13, 2020 | 12:18 AM
 Qasem Soleimani
Qasem Soleimani

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The downing of Ukrainian Boeing 737, a jetliner, in seeking revenge for Iranian General Qasem Soleimani’s death after an American airstrike in Bagdad, was unfortunate.

The downing of the jetliner took the lives of 176 innocent persons, inclusive of 82 of their own Iranian natives, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, and many double-status Iranian nationals.

Iranian General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard’s aerospace division, said his unit accepts “full responsibility” for the shoot-down.

Canada said they want the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and Ukrainian officials are crying out for justice.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh admits that when he became aware of the gravity of the situation, he wished he was dead. The Iranian government has issued a statement that those responsible will be held accountable for the atrocity.

This was a terrible mistake in all accounts, but the perpetrators have to be brought to book to right the wrong.

There is definitely going to be the need for some diplomatic talks to strengthen future relationships with the affected countries.

FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

Iranians who were trying to get even with the USA for killing their general will have to face the other countries who they have affected with their action. Although they have acknowledged responsibility, it does not resolve the current impasse which now looms over their heads.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared that action will be taken against the Iranian government for the death of so many of its nationals.

We now wait with bated breath to see the outcome of this sinful act of cruelty.

PARIS TAYLOR