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Monday, July 03, 2006


Quote of the Day

"I will never apologise for the United States of America, ever. I don't care what it has done. I don't care what the facts are."

- Vice-President George H. W. Bush, August 1988
From an excellent summary by a Daily Kos diarist of the shootdown, 18 years ago yesterday, of Iran Air Flight 655 by a U.S. missile fired by the U.S.S. Vincennes. Even if you are quite familiar with the incident, I suspect you'll learn something, like this:
The men of the Vincennes were all awarded combat-action ribbons. Commander Lustig, the air-warfare co-ordinator, even won the navy's Commendation Medal for "heroic achievement," his "ability to maintain his poise and confidence under fire" having enabled him to "quickly and precisely complete the firing procedure."
The incident serves as a reminder of how the U.S. military is perfectly willing to sacrifice the lives of hundreds of foreign civilians (290 in this case) if they think there is a minuscule chance their own lives are in danger (even assuming they thought there was such a minuscule chance in this case). It also serves as a good reminder of the extent to which the U.S. government and military are willing to lie to cover up their war crimes.

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