Originally posted by sh76
Of course people should be aghast at it. It was a horrific tragedy.
It was a mistake, however, and the US paid over $60 million in compensation and took responsibility.
Any comparisons to Lockerbie, where a civilian airliner was specifically targeted, are wrong.
Spouting utter hogwash again...
Didn't Captain Rogers, after blowing up a passenger flight, receive an award?
From Wiki (although I've heard about this sorry tale since the 1980's):
"Rogers remained in command of the USS Vincennes until May 27, 1989. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush awarded Capt. Rogers the Legion of Merit decoration "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer ... from April 1987 to May 1989." The award was given for his service as the Commanding Officer of the Vincennes..."
It does make you wonder if it isn't all part of a new script for Catch 22.
Also makes you wonder why Libya got blamed for the subsequent Pan-Am bombing... oh yeah... something to do with someone buying clothing in Malta... Ian bloody Flemming couldn't make up such crap.
Here's more from Wiki, in case you're really interested:
David Carlson, commanding officer of the USS Sides, a second ship that was under the tactical control of Rogers at the time of the incident. Carlson claimed that the downing of Iran Air 655 marked the "horrifying climax to Capt. Rogers's aggressiveness, first seen four weeks ago." He was referring to incidents on the June 2, 1988, when he claimed that Rogers brought the Vincennes too close to an Iranian frigate that was searching a bulk carrier, that he launched a helicopter too close to Iranian small boats, and that he fired upon a number of small Iranian military boats instead of directing another, smaller warship to do so. In disagreeing with Rogers's decision – citing the high cost of the cruiser relative to that of the frigates attached to the group – Carlson posited, "Why do you want an AEGIS cruiser out there shooting up boats? It wasn't a smart thing to do."
AND JUST TO BE CLEAR:
- It was a passenger jet
- It was flying over Iranian territorial waters (so even if it had been an Iranian fighter plane... IT WAS IN IT'S OWN TERRITORY!).
- The compensation wasn't agreed upon until the 90's
- The compensation was WAY lower than the compensation for the Lockerbie bombing (even though the whole court case of the Lockerbie bombing was sham from the start).
- The US has never appologised to Iran (even though they did pay 60 million in comp.). So, they murdered hundreds of civilians (by accident or by incompentence or by sheer "Dr. Strangelove-esque" nuttiness) and they don't think they should say: "Hey... sorry 'bout that."
And you wonder why everyone hates you?
Sweet Jesus preserve us.