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Iran's war on the crash victims

Iran's missile attack on Flight PS752 is looking more deliberate. The crash killed 176 people, and followed the missile attack that killed General Soleimani. The missile attack on the civilian airliner headed for Kiev came on the night Iran sent a barrage of missiles at 2 U.S bases and hit nothing of consequence. Iran said that was revenge for killing the general.

But it looks like downing Flight PS752 was the actual vengeance.

The flight contained many Iranian citizens, many with dual Canadian citizenship. Perhaps they were Soleimani supporters fleeing anti-Soleimani activists in Iran's military.

At any rate, the Windsor Star reported, "Iran harassing families of plane crash victims, sources say."

The newspaper story said, "They’ve been told not to talk to the media, keep their mourning as private as possible and even publicly praise the regime that mistakenly shot down their loved ones’ airliner.

"The families of the Iran plane crash victims — most of them Canadians or heading to Canada — are still in the depths of mourning for their relatives.

"But that hasn’t stopped Tehran from closely monitoring and harassing family living in the country, using release of the victims’ remains as leverage, various sources allege.

"One mother received a visit from security officers after she openly pleaded for help from Canada and a video of her outburst went viral, says a U.S.-based Iranian journalist."

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist based in New York, told the newspaper, "They know the anger, they know they are furious. They know that if these families came out in public and shared their pain and put the blame on the Islamic Republic, the whole of society in Iran would be united against the Islamic Republic. They are scared of that."

The regime, too, is scared as the downing of the plane turned people against the government in protest.

The newspaper reported, "Hamid Mo, an Iranian-Canadian businessman in Toronto, said friends of other victim families in Iran have told him they were instructed not to talk to outside journalists.

"'They threaten people to stay quiet and not make a big deal of the situation,' he said. '20, 30 years ago, they could have easily covered up the whole thing without anybody knowing. But now with media and cell phones and everybody recording things, they’re not able to stop people from that.'"

While overthrowing the Iranian government is a pleasant thought, it raises the question: what replaces the ayatollahs?

History says fascism, although not always.

But downing civilian airliners is just as bad or worse.

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