I was amazed to see this on CNN last night.
Erin Burnett reported on other passenger airliners that have been shot down, focusing on the 1988 shooting down of an Iranian passenger airliner by the US Navy, killing all 274 on board.
The US government worked hard to cover up the event and later to justify it. Vice President George H.W. Bush said before the UN:
“I will never apologize for the United States – I don’t care what the facts are.”
To this day, the US has still refused to apologize or to take responsibility for the deaths of 274 innocent people. Year later, the US agreed to pay $60 million to the families of the dead, without admitting responsibility.
Burnett compared the situation to the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Ukraine last week. She then interviewed presidential worshipper and former advisor David Gergen who admitted that it was “strikingly similar” to the MH17 events, but then tried to explain it was different because we were in the region to do good, unlike Putin’s involvement with events on Russia’s border.
The segment was an unusual one for CNN and especially for Erin Burnett, who rarely questions official US policy.