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robomatic BS: US war with Iran begins (227* d) RE: BS: US war with Iran begins 12 Jan 20


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Civilian Airliners fly scheduled flights along prepared routes. They identify themselves with transponders that carry information about the carrier and the flight. Additionally they are monitored by agencies on the ground which issue control instructions. I think that information can be assimilated into military hardware, with some exceptions such as the 'Ukrainian' front, actually Russians, which shot down Malaysia Flight 17 with a portable Russian made Buk Missile. I think technology and diplomatic capability exists to make this kind of occurrence far rarer. Incidentally your link is incomplete. Please check it.

In the case of Iran Air 655 and the Vincennes, the airliner was flying from an 'enemy' airport, hence who knows but I doubt there was a transfer of believable information to assure the airliner's safety. The Vincennes claimed to have queried the aircraft's identity. Unlike Steve Shaw's claim, apparently Ronald Reagan issued a communication of regret days after the incident. What was argued about was the circumstances of the shoot down.
In the case of Ukrainian Flight PS752 this was Iranian weapons targetting a civilian airliner on their own territory leaving their own airport. The Iranians have done well to 'fess up so soon. But they are still in the hot seat with Canada, Ukraine, world opinion, and their own population which already has serious grievances and has been shot up Tienanmen style over peaceful demonstrations. And yet they persist.


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