On this day in 1988, a US warship in the Strait of Hormuz shot down a civilian Iranian passenger airliner, killing all 290 people on board. After being found culpable by the International Court of Justice, the US paid reparations but never apologized for the shooting, with then vice-president and later president George H. W. Bush famously saying, “I’ll never apologize for the United States of America. Ever. I don’t care what the facts are.” Because as god’s chosen people and nation, we are never wrong.
I wrote about this back in 2005 as an example of a remarkable piece of government propaganda, where the US tried to make it look like it was all Iran’s fault for deliberately aiming their airliner at a US warship, and the US media faithfully reported this bizarre theory, along with the suggestion that those evil mullahs did it just to make us look bad because we know they don’t value life the way we do.
And we wonder why they hate us.