Malaysia Airlines: hypocrisy repeats itself

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Re "Victims' bodies in Ukraine plane crash stranded on train" (Page A1, July 21): The U.S. is sometimes so pious it is laughable. It was 26 years ago this month when the U.S. military used guided missiles to deliberately shoot down what turned out to be a commercial Airbus A300 on a regularly scheduled international flight, killing all 290 entirely innocent men, women and children aboard. The U.S. has never even apologized to the country of origin, Iran.

That the USS Vincennes mistook the airliner for a military jet does not mitigate the moral dimension any more than the Ukrainian rebel's more recent actions. No military person was disciplined for the 1988 shoot-down.

-- William H. Blackburn, Auburn

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