Iran's View » Society & Science http://www.iransview.com The Persian Prespective Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.20 Today Is The Anniversary Of The US Killing Of 290 Civilians On An Iranian Airlinerhttp://www.iransview.com/today-is-the-anniversary-of-the-us-killing-of-290-civilians-on-an-iranian-airliner/1281/ http://www.iransview.com/today-is-the-anniversary-of-the-us-killing-of-290-civilians-on-an-iranian-airliner/1281/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 08:50:36 +0000 http://www.iransview.com/?p=1281 Today Is The Anniversary Of The US Killing Of 290 Civilians On An Iranian Airliner

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At 9:00 a.m. on July 3rd 1988, and at what proved to be the final days of Iran-Iraq war, American warships entered into conflict with a number of Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf.

The gunboats of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Republic that were present in the area retaliated. Meanwhile a number of American helicopters opened fire on the Army of Guardian’s boat and in response the Iranian boats fired at the helicopters, shooting one down.

Later that day the Iranian civilian Flight 655 departed Bandar Abbas Airport for Dubai at 5:10 pm with 290 people on board; 156 men, 53 women, 57 kids aging 2 to 12, and 8 babies aging 2 or less. Other than Iranians there were people from other countries on board including India, Pakistan, Yugoslavia, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates.

The American warship Vincennes had departed San Diego on 25 April 1988, and was in Iran’s waters for adventure.

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As the Iranian airliner was climbing to 14,000 feet, the USS Vincennes headed by Captain William Rogers, fired two surface-to-air missiles at the airliner. It suddenly vanished in the radars and fire and smoke appeared on the sky. The watchtower in Bandar Abbas Airport asked about the flight from Dubai airport but they said they had no information.

Immediately after the event, American officials claimed they shot down an Iranian F-14 and later they claimed the airliner had been flying out of the assigned civilian Air Corridor and that they sent seven warning radio messages to the plane but received no answer.

Four years later new points were made in the New York Times that emphasized the American warship had been in the Iranian waters and not international waters, revealing a Pentagon cover-up of the incident.

“For no clear reason the Vincennes approached Iranian waters being equipped with advanced artillery and long-range missiles. This shows the warship had been prepared for a bad action,” Admiral William Crowe, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Reagan told the BBC.

The Iranian airliner that was an Airbus A300B2-203 was very different from F-14 considering dimensions, shape, size, and flying capabilities. Moreover the American warship could easily listen to the pilot’s conversations and understand it was a passenger flight.

Despite the claims not only the Vincennes’ warnings didn’t reach the airliner no other civil source received the warnings.

Iran expressed its complaint over the shooting down to the international community.

Iran’s View arranged an interview with Vahid Ahmadi who had then been an MP to get more information over the issue. He was also an advisor to the foreign Minister and is now a member of National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in the parliament.

Mr. Ahmadi considered the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane to be related to the conditions of Iran-Iraq war. “Iran had the upper hand at that time and Saddam was under much pressure. Therefore the US wanted to make another front against Iran and help Saddam.”

156 men, 53 women, 57 kids aging 2 to 12, and 8 babies aging 2 or less were on board when Iranian civilian Flight 655 departed Bandar Abbas Airport for Dubai.

156 men, 53 women, 57 kids aging 2 to 12, and 8 babies aging 2 or less were on board when Iranian civilian Flight 655 departed Bandar Abbas Airport for Dubai.

“The United States intended to distract Iran to something other than the Iraqi war front and warn Iran that America might militarily enter the war,” added Mr. Ahmadi. He called the reasons given by the Americans a “lie” and “justification” and insisted there are proofs and evidences that show it was a planned and intentional action. He called the event a black page in the history of the US that alone nullifies all their human rights claims.

He also referred to the ineffective statement issued by the UN Security Council and the verdict by The international Hague Court which only sentenced the US to pay $95 million in compensation.

“Iran is still following the case and we expect the new president to put it on his agenda until the military heads in the warship are sentenced and the US officially apologizes [to Iranians], Mr Ahmadi noted.

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The Bitter And Unpleasant Realities of Anti Iran Terrorismhttp://www.iransview.com/the-bitter-and-unpleasant-realities-of-anti-iran-terrorism/1238/ http://www.iransview.com/the-bitter-and-unpleasant-realities-of-anti-iran-terrorism/1238/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:21:57 +0000 http://www.iransview.com/?p=1238 The most unprecedented terrorist operation happened in Iran 33 years ago. A week after the removal of AbolHassan Banisadr, the first president of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei was subject to an attempted assassination. As the representative of Iran's former leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, in the National Security Council and as Tehran's representative in Parliament, Ayatollah Khamenei strongly supported Banisadr's removal, bringing a suitcase to the parliament filled with documents against Banisadr in June 21, 1981.

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The worst terrorist operation happened in Iran 33 years ago. A week after the removal of the first president of Iran; AbolHassan Banisadr, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei was subject to an attempted assassination. As the representative of Iran’s former leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, in the National Security Council and as Tehran’s representative in Parliament, Ayatollah Khamenei strongly supported Banisadr’s removal, bringing a suitcase to the parliament filled with documents against Banisadr on June 21, 1981.

Six days after the removal of the president, Ayatollah Khamenei who is currently Iran’s supreme leader went to a Mosque in Tehran for a planned speech. A bomb put inside a voice recorder on the lectern exploded while he was speaking which left him terribly wounded and in critical conditions. According to officials, Khamenei’s chest and his right hand were severely injured and he lost a lot of blood but miraculously he survived after receiving almost 60 blood bags.

Ayatollah Khamenei, Current supreme leader of Iran, a few minutes after an attempted assassination on July 1981.

Ayatollah Khamenei, Current supreme leader of Iran, a few minutes after an attempted assassination on July 1981.

Ayatollah Beheshti talking between Iranian soldiers during Iran-Iraq war.

Ayatollah Beheshti talking between Iranian soldiers during Iran-Iraq war.

While Iranians were still shocked about Ayatollah Khamenei another terrorist operation shocked them again.
Ayatollah Beheshti talking between Iranian soldiers during Iran-Iraq war.
At the time Mohammad Ali Rajaei was the President of Iran. This time a bomb exploded in the headquarters of the Islamic Republican Party, killing 73 top Iranian officials including Ayatollah Beheshti, the head of the party. Four ministers and 27 members of the Parliament also were killed in the bombing.
The terrorist operation was carried out by Mojahedin E Khalgh (MEK or MKO). MEK had a close relationship with Banisadr and thus when he was removed, they saw themselves out of power and began to continue their opposition by using arms.
Mohammad Reza Kolahi was responsible for the operation. He had penetrated into the party a long time before the operation and as planned invited a group of top officials of the country to the meeting on July 28, 1981 using official cards.

The terrorist operation took place only two years after the establishment of the Islamic Republic and while the country was under attack by Iraq’s Saddam Hossein who was supported and motivated by all world powers.

Before that terrorist operation Iran had already encountered an attempted Coup (Nojeh) and also had lost of several of its major scholars including Morteza Motahhari, the theorist of the revolution in a number of assassinations.

But that was not all. The MEK intensified their terrorist operations in August 1981. In their biggest terrorist operation they destroyed by explosion the office of the National Security Council killing Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar and President Mohammad Ali Rajaei who had been elected only three months before.

President Mohammad Ali Rajaei(left) and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar (right) assassinated in a terrorist attack in 1981.

President Mohammad Ali Rajaei(left) and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar (right) assassinated in a terrorist attack in 1981.

The MEK who were based in England claimed the responsibility of the bombing. They also officially claimed the responsibility of assassinating religious leaders in different cities including Tabriz, Kerman, Shiraz, and Yazd. They also sided with Saddam and officially entered into the war against Iran, carrying over 100 military operations inside the country through its military wing called “The Liberation Front”.

They are also charged with helping Saddam in suppressing Iraqi Kurds and Shias. Later the terrorist organization continued its operations, assassinating many other top Iranian officials like Ali Sayyad Shirazi.

According to Iran’s security organizations, the MEK have in recent years have helped the intelligence agencies of Isarel and the US in assassinating the country’s nuclear scientists. Some American news outlets like CNN and the NY Times disclosed their cooperation with Israel in the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.

So far the information about assassination of 12 thousand Iranian officials have been disclosed. Iran claims the victims to be over 16 thousand.

For decades, the MEK occupied the Camp Ashraf (aka US Forward Operating Base Grizzly) that is situated in 40 Kilometers north of capital Baghdad.

In 2011 The Iraqi government made it clear that it wants Camp Ashraf shut down and the MeK to leave Iraq.

In 2012 the MEK moved from Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya in Baghdad (a onetime U.S. base formerly known as Camp Liberty). US and some European countries like the UK and France are trying to find them another suitable place to have them settled.

The Council of Ministers of the European Union removed the MEK from the Union’s list of terrorist organizations on January 26, 2009 and on September 28, 2012 The U.S. State Department formally removed the MEK from its official list of terrorist organizations as a result of the MEK spending millions of dollars in lobbying and influencing significant politicians.

These bitter and unpleasant realities show that since its establishment, the Islamic Republic has been targeted by terrorist groups and organizations that have carried out many terrorist operations inside the country.

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Photos: Celebrations in Iran After Soccer Team Qualifies for 2014 World Cuphttp://www.iransview.com/photos-celebrations-in-iran-after-soccer-team-qualifies-for-2014-world-cup/1136/ http://www.iransview.com/photos-celebrations-in-iran-after-soccer-team-qualifies-for-2014-world-cup/1136/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:00:26 +0000 http://www.iransview.com/?p=1136 Iranians celebrated in the streets of the capital Tehran and other major cities around the country on Tuesday night after Iranian national soccer team won their 2014 World Cup qualifier match against South Korea. Following the winning of Iranian national soccer team, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the victory of Iranian team thanked the […]

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Iranians celebrated in the streets of the capital Tehran and other major cities around the country on Tuesday night after Iranian national soccer team won their 2014 World Cup qualifier match against South Korea.

Following the winning of Iranian national soccer team, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the victory of Iranian team thanked the players for making Iranians happy.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadienjad and the president-elect Hassan Rowhani also issued statements congratulating the victory of Iranian team against South Korea.

National Iranian soccer team has secured its place at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, after it recorded a 1-0 victory against South Korea on Tuesday.

The 2014 tournament in Brazil will mark Iran’s fourth World Cup appearance.

Men holding Iran and Brazil flags as Iranian soccer team qualifies for 2014 Brazil World Cup.(Photo Credit: Mehr)

Men holding Iran and Brazil flags as Iranian soccer team qualifies for 2014 Brazil World Cup.(Photo Credit: Mehr)

Couple holding Iran flag while people celebrating in the streets of Tehran.(Photo Credit: ISNA)

Couple holding Iran flag while people celebrating in the streets of Tehran.(Photo Credit: ISNA)

 

Iranians celebrating as soccer team qualifies for 2014 Brazil World Cup.(Photo Credit: Mehr)

Iranians celebrating as soccer team qualifies for 2014 Brazil World Cup.(Photo Credit: Mehr)

Iranian youths celebrating in a northern street of Tehran as soccer team qualifies for 2014 Brazil World Cup.(Photo Credit: Kosoof)

Iranian youths celebrating in a northern street of Tehran as soccer team qualifies for 2014 Brazil World Cup.(Photo Credit: Kosoof)

 

People celebrating in the streets of Tehran. a man is spraying 'Iran' in Farsi on the car. (Photo Credit: Kosoof)

People celebrating in the streets of Tehran. a man is spraying ‘Iran’ in Farsi on the car. (Photo Credit: Kosoof)

Brazil We Are Coming! (Photo Credit: Mehr)

Brazil We Are Coming! (Photo Credit: Mehr)

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Photo Credit: Kosoof

Photo Credit: Kosoof

Celebration after Iran soccer team qualifies 2014 World Cup continued until mid-night. (Photo Credit: Mehr)

Celebration after Iran soccer team qualifies 2014 World Cup continued until mid-night. (Photo Credit: Mehr)

 

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Iran’s Leader Advises on The Presidential Elections, Criticizes Ahmadinejad’s Volatile Economyhttp://www.iransview.com/irans-leader-advises-on-the-presidential-elections-criticizes-ahmadinejads-volatile-economy/451/ http://www.iransview.com/irans-leader-advises-on-the-presidential-elections-criticizes-ahmadinejads-volatile-economy/451/#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:58:53 +0000 http://www.iransview.com/?p=451 Iran's Leader Advises on The Presidential Elections, Critiques Ahmadinejad's Volatile Economy on an Speech ahead of the Labors' Day.

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Iranian Labors meeting with Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei on April 27, ahead of Labors' Day. (Photo Credit: Khamenei.ir)

Iranian Labors meeting with Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei on April 27, ahead of Labors’ Day. (Photo Credit: Khamenei.ir)

Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, met with thousands of Iranian labors ahead of international Labors’ Day, on Saturday morning.

He spoke about the Iran’s upcoming 11th Presidential Elections, how to counter sanctions and how to empower domestic production.

He has previously named the Iranian New Year as the year of “Political and Economic Epic” and said, “One of the prominent examples of political achievement would be the Elections, which will be held on schedule.”

With only 47 days to the Elections, the Leader invited people from different parties once again: “Anyone from any party, who feels he’s capable, can enter the Presidential race.”

He stressed the “People’s significant participation” and said, those with ill will are trying to shatter people’s willingness to participate in the Elections in order to derail political achievements.

He also called objections against the Guardian Council establishment irrational and said, “We are blessed with the Guardian Council in the Islamic Republic. Imam Khomeini fully supported this establishment. The Guardian Council’s assessment is done by a community of honest people who take no sides and are aware of the requirements.”

He said those who want to become candidates should know what the executive management of the country is and they should know what the country needs and how far they can go.

He also criticized those inexperienced candidates and said, “Those who are willing to become candidates should know what the country needs and how far they can go.” The following statement was made because a growing number of politicians declared candidacy while some of them have no significant experience in executive management.

 

Prediction of harder economic situations and criticism of Ahmadinejad’s Economy

In reaction to the U.S. and its allies pursuing their sanctions against Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated: “Our economic policy should be based on an economy of resistance during sanctions, so its firm structure wouldn’t be influenced by world events.”

The Leader also said that an economy of resistance during sanctions is different from the economic policies pursued by other countries.

He indirectly criticized an unbalanced economic policy in Ahmadinejad’s administration in the last two years and said, “Daily decision making on economy issues, constantly changing them, seeking non-professional advise and believing in Western or Eastern structures of economy, are harmful to the country and our economy policy should be based on an economy of resistance during sanctions.

Iran’s Leader said, “Economy hardships and discontent in the West are confirming the failure of Capitalist economic policy.”

He believes that what we see in the U.S. and EU is the tip of the iceberg and things will deteriorate because Capitalism is in decline.

After economic reforms, coupled with rising sanctions against Iran, domestic production faced a lot of hurdles. Because many ingredients couldn’t make their way to Iranian factories and the government refused to pay subsidies and instead, gave it directly to people, as a monthly payment. This has caused a leap in inflation and consequently, more discontent of the government.

This happened exactly in the year which was supposed to be the year of “supporting Iranian workers and their funds”. The Leader reiterated many times that the government and people should support manufacturing.

He called on Iranian people to buy goods “Made in Iran”. He ordered governmental organizations not to use any foreign goods for their needs.

It seems that Iran’s Leader predicts that his country will face more severe sanctions and harder economic situations. His new policies are implementing a counter-sanctions economy that can withstand forceful pressures from the West; because he reiterated that Iran will not give up its nuclear enrichment rights.

Now we can better understand his comments on the required characteristics of the future President: “Iranian people are pursuing big ambitions and achievements and won’t surrender and no one can bully them. So, the President should be someone who is brave and hard-working against the threats of the enemies and won’t retreat.

If a huge leap in the economy should be the center of attention in the executive and legislative establishment of the country then we would not counter any political hardship.”

One other topic that the Leader elaborated on was his advice to every administration. “I have supported different Administrations and Presidents in the past years and also questioned them on various issues. My main concern was that the administrations should not create difficulties and stress in people’s lives.” He said, governments should not make unreachable promises, but they should progress in a reasonable way.”

Critics believe that “inflation” and “baseless promises” are two problems in Ahmadinejad’s administration. The majority of the criticisms against 10th administration are about the economic issues, involving inflation and domestic production.

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