Iran Air Crash: A Heavy Price To Conflicts Between The U.S. and Iran

After a booming crash, PS752, a passenger plane of Ukraine International Airliners, fixed its flight forever on January 8, together with 176 innocent souls, including newlyweds, families of four, foreign students, and gentle crew. Three days later, under the pressure of clear evidence, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aerospace division, publicly acknowledged that the plane was mistakenly shot down by the Iranian military just a few hours after it symbolically fired missiles to U.S. troops. 

The globe is “shocked and saddened” to such sorrow. Banners saying “We are all in pain and sympathize” could be seen ubiquitously in Tehran’s lampposts. Most victims coming from Iran and Canada. Such an everlasting grief make victims’ relatives and friends hard to dry their eye. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that their country would not rest until they get the accountability, justice, and closure that the families deserve. The functionality and legitimacy of Iranian leadership were questioned by the domestic public as well. On 12 January, anti-government protesters outraged by the air crash gathered near Tehran’s Azadi Square. However, rumors about the Iran security force’s violent repression towards the dissent came out since several short videos were uploaded on the internet. A witness claimed the police coming with sticks beat them when they shouted slogans. Even Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei quickly denied the reality of this accuse, Iran is stuck with both internal aggression and external hostility.   

According to the report of The Times, this tragedy could be a horrible result of the escalating Iran-U.S. tension. The triggering event tracing back to late December of 2019 was an Iranian-backed militia rocket attack targeting an Iraqi military base. An unexpected kill of an American contractor stimulated President Trump to start the “most perilous chapter so far in his three years in office”: the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Then the tit for tat between Iran and the U.S. reached the peak point when Iran took excessive response by launching a series of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops. Eventually, everything gets out of hand.

No matter the U.S. tends to set a deterrence towards Iran’s potential attack against their interests, or Iran attempts to push the U.S. out of Iraq, civilians should not be victims of the conflict. The formal legal advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Gabor Rnona indicated the U.S. and Iran violated international law: Lacking justifiable reasons for self-defense wars, the U.S. and Iran challenge world peace and sacrifice human rights for their military ambitions. These endless cycles of revenge could result in more civilian casualties in the future, and add uncertainty to international relations.

Mourning, blame, and arrests will never heal the trauma, nor call back people in the sky. Since the states and regional blocs remain their power, inter-national conflicts could easily lead to the violation of national sovereignty. Rather than symbolically military action, sitting in front of a conference table should be called upon to solve the crisis. The present international situation does need more peace and rationality, but hopefully no more sprawling war or aggression.

Yuexin Li
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