Canada has questioned who is at fault for Wednesday’s downing of the plane carrying passengers from Canada, Iran, and other countries.
Over the weekend, Iran admitted to intentionally shoot down aircraft Ukraine International Airlines 752, killing all 147 onboard.
But some figures in Canadian business and the media has pinned the blame part of the US . They say the US is provoking Iran by killing an Iranian commander, Maj. Qassem Soleimani.
Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods billionaire, tweeted Sunday he was “very angry.” He asked, was a passenger “collateral damage irresponsible, dangerous, this behavior is misunderstood?”
I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry. A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran…
— Maple Leaf Foods (@MapleLeafFoods) January 13, 2020
McCain is not the only one. Many in Canada questioned why the president ordered the killing of Soleimani Trump when he did. Iran retaliated with attacks on US troops in Iraq, which the US says no US casualties. Iran then accidentally shooting down a plane Ukraine due to “human error,” said the Iranian official.
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“I think the question is significant that Canada, especially the families of these victims, would have is, is 63 Canadian die because of the unintended consequences of decisions made by the US president?” Katie Simpson, Washington correspondent for the Canadian News reported the day after the plane crashed.
Canadian authorities have since lowered the number of Canadian passengers who were killed to 57.
Charles Adler, Canada host the popular conservative talk-radio, would not allow Tehran or Washington off the hook.
“Carelessness Iran came in response to the murder of US-Iran ordered the architect of terror, the head of the Quds Force had their specialty, General Soleimani,” Adler said in a recent event. “I’ll go to my grave believing they were innocent who died aboard Flight Ukrainian Airlines 752 will die if not the Trump decision to kill the general.”
I don't have any problem believing #Iran pulled the trigger on Flight 752. But we need to take the road less traveled. It's called context. I will go to my grave believing the innocents shot down over #Tehran would be alive today had #Trump not decided to kill the general. pic.twitter.com/H7HfrYAFOQ
— Charles Adler (@charlesadler) January 10, 2020
comments that went viral. So it’s not a Maclean’s news magazine column written by other conservative commentators, Scott Gilmore, who displays this blunt headline, “Donald Trump would be impeached – 57 Canadian dead.”
Speaking to CBC, Gilmore said, “I did see a direct line between the president’s impeachment and subsequent angry at how mistreated he saw himself and continue to try to change the subject to economic or military power.” This is a change of topic, Gilmore said, which caused the US murder Soleimani and Iranian resulted in downed Flight 752.
But many in the political establishment and the Canadian military look at different events.
“It is the failure of the Iranian military planning,” said retired Maj. General David Fraser, who led the Canadian combat operations during the war in Afghanistan. Iran’s military leaders “know they will strike into Iraq, they will put their air defense systems on high alert, and they do not coordinate with the civil authorities. So it’s just a failure of the Iranian command control structure to manage their airspace,” he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also had to avoid pinning any blame on Trump when directly asked about it by reporters, as he was during the weekend.
“The reality is there has been a significant strain in the region for a long time. And what we are calling for today is the de-escalation to ensure that no accidents or loss of civilian lives is no more tragic,” said Trudeau at the news conference in Ottawa, “Our focus now is mainly to ensure accountability, answers, and closure for the victims, and that is what we are involved with.”
Trudeau said the questions that need to be answered are all to be found in Iran. The Iranian government has issued 11 visas to Canada and official accident investigators.
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