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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Ukrainian Plane Tragedy: Iran’s credibility gets severe set back

Iran had earned sympathy and moral legitimacy after Trump's rash actions in killing Gen. Soleimani but blunder of shooting down Ukrainian plane has severely damaged Iran's credibility. Social media erupted in furore after Iranian government admitted to have mistakenly shot down Ukraine's passenger plane in anticipation of an American jet following the missile attack on the US military bases in Iraq on Wednesday.

Iranian military admitted to unintentionally shooting down Ukraine’s passenger plane that resulted in a horrific crash killing all 176 passengers including crew aboard.

The admission came on Saturday morning in a statement of the Iranian President describing it as a ‘human error’.

The passenger plane crashed hours after the Iranian military targeted two USA military bases in Iraq, on Wednesday in retaliation to the assassination of the top Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani.

Iran’s admission of mistakenly shooting down Ukraine’s passenger plane generated massive reactions on social media. Global Twitter users blasted the Iranian military for a gross miscalculation that claimed the lives of innocent people.

Questions raised on the operational readiness of the Iranian military as people recounted that the episode of the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani spurred a chain of events that killed innocent people.

Nearly 50 died in a stampede during Soleimani’s funeral, while 176 people died in a plane crash after the Iranian force misread the situation.

Social media feared that if allowed to acquire nuclear weapons Iran can even destroy the world accidentally.

They even challenged the Iranian government thumping claims of concluding revenge with the missiles attack on US bases as none of the American soldiers were hurt but the events claimed the lives of innocent people.

Read more: Rouhani calls Ukranian plane shoot down “disastrous mistake”

Criticism unleashed on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif‘s tweet expressing condolence and regret on the incident. The social media users slammed him that it took three days for his government to admit a fatal mistake.

Social media censured the Iranian military for being unable to distinguish between an American fighter jet and a passenger plane that took off from its airport.

The critics asserted that Iran’s assertions on its nukes program are untrustworthy after its manipulation on the missile attack on Ukraine’s plane.

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Pakistani social media users drew comparisons between Pakistan’s military and Iranian military. Adding that Pakistan closed its airspace for all the civilian air traffic after mini-combat with India last year to avoid such catastrophes. Iran, too, should have taken the precautions before unleashing missile attacks on US bases.