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Canadians have been questioning who is to blame for the demolition last Wednesday of a plane carrying passengers from Canada, Iran and other nations.
Over the weekend, Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing the 147 on board.
But some prominent figures in Canadian businesses and media have attributed part of the blame to the United States. They say that the United States provoked Iran by killing a high Iranian commander, Major General Qassem Soleimani.
Michael McCain, the billionaire CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, tweeted On Sunday night I was “very angry.” He asked, were the passengers “collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous and ill-conceived behavior?”
I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time is not making me less angry. An MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week in a series of unnecessary and irresponsible events in Iran …
– Maple leaf foods (@MapleLeafFoods) January 13, 2020
McCain was not the only one. Many in Canada wonder why President Trump ordered the murder of Soleimani when he did. Iran retaliated with attacks against US forces in Iraq, which the US says. UU. They did not cause American victims. Iran then unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian plane due to “human error,” Iranian officials said.
“I think an important question that Canadians, particularly the families of these victims, are going to have is, are there 63 Canadians killed due to the unintended consequences of a decision made by the president of the United States?” Katie Simpson, a Washington correspondent for CBC News of Canada, reported the day after the plane was shot down.
Since then, Canadian authorities have reduced the number of Canadian passengers killed to 57.
Charles Adler, a popular conservative Canadian talk radio host, would not let Tehran or Washington break free.
“Iran’s recklessness comes in response to the US-ordered assassination of Iran’s terrorist architect, the head of his special Quds Force, General Soleimani.” Adler said in a recent program. “I will go to my grave believing that those innocent people who died aboard flight 752 of Ukrainian Airlines would not have died had it not been for Trump’s decision to kill the general.”
I have no problem believing # I ran He pulled the trigger on flight 752. But we have to take the road less traveled. It is called context. I will go to my grave believing that the innocent were shot down # Tehran would be alive today had #Triumph He did not decide to kill the general. pic.twitter.com/H7HfrYAFOQ
– Charles Adler (@charlesadler) January 10, 2020
That comment went viral. So did a Maclean’s News magazine column written by another conservative commentator, Scott Gilmore, who introduced this blunt headline, “Donald Trump is charged: 57 Canadians die.”
Speaking to CBC, Gilmore said: “I saw a direct line between the impeachment and the president afterwards, outraged by how unfairly he treated himself and continually trying to change the issue to the economy or the strength of the army of states. United”. It was a change of subject, Gilmore said, which led to the murder of Soleimani in the United States and resulted in Iran taking down flight 752.
But many in the political and military establishment in Canada view events differently.
“This is a failure of Iranian military planning,” says retired Major General David Fraser, who led the Canadian combat operations during the war in Afghanistan. Iranian military leaders “knew that they were going to attack Iraq, were going to put their air defense systems on high alert, and they didn’t coordinate with civil authorities. So that’s just a failure of the command control structure Iranian to manage its airspace, “he says.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also avoided blaming Trump when journalists asked him directly about it, as he did over the weekend.
“The reality is that there have been significant tensions in that region for a long time. And what we are asking for now is a gradual reduction to ensure that there are no more tragic accidents or loss of civilian life,” Trudeau said in a statement. Ottawa conference. “Our focus at this time is primarily to ensure the responsibility, responses and closure of victims, and that is what we are committed to.”
Trudeau said the questions that must be answered are in Iran. The Iranian government granted 11 visas to Canadian researchers and officials.