By Jubin Katiraie
During recent weeks, there have been various discussions over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger airliner in various media outlets.
Initially, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), dominated by the Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, vehemently rejected any hypothesis about defensive military action. Following the spreading of this false information by the IRGC, Iranian officials tried to evade the government from accountability.
They were concealing the truth and highlighting the “United States’ role” whether in their talks and interviews with media outlets or in social media. However, reliable evidence and documents compelled Tehran to admit the truth.
Eventually, three days after the crash of the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752, the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Amir Ali Hajizadeh confessed the truth under international pressures and undeniable evidence.
He, of course, claimed a “human error” was the reason for the heartbreaking disaster. However, new information and footage show that at least two missiles within 30 seconds distance, were fired at the jetliner, which strongly terminates the hypothesis about an “unintentional fault.”
“Dust,” the IRGC Description for the Death of 176 People
After Hajizadeh’s admission to IRGC’s role in downing the airliner, instead of consoling Iranians, the officials’ speeches and remarks prompted the society’s wrath, particularly among the mourning families. These remarks will display that the rulers and their appointees have no respect and nor value those who either lost their lives or lost their loved ones. While there are many instances of these painful remarks, several facts unveil the nature of Iranian authorities who don’t suffer from negligence alone.
On January 12, the commander-in-chief of the IRGC Hossein Salami in a closed session of the parliament [Majles] raised his viewpoint about the 176 slain people. He termed IRGC missile operation against the bare deserts surrounds Ain al-Assad base a “great victory.”
Immediately, Salami claimed, “The ‘dust’ of this incident [referring the IRGC barrage missile attack against the U.S. troops in Iraq], should not prevent the recognition of the IRGC victory against America.”
Nader Talebzadeh, a government-linked “filmmaker,” dismissed the airliner disaster as an “incident” like a plane crashing into a mountain. “If ten more incidents like this [Ukrainian airliner crash] take place, it's nothing compared to the 'main' incident [IRGC missile attack against the U.S. bases].
We should become confused by the situation when four people gather and criticize,” Talebzadeh said in an interview with the state-run TV on January 13.
Iranian Authorities Don’t Value the People, Neither Opponent nor Proponent
The Iranian government’s misbehavior about not valuing human life doesn’t include anti-establishment protesters alone. This treatment is also seen toward those who are loyal to the ruling system. The founder of the Islamic Republic regime Ruhollah Khomeini believed and frankly said, “Keeping the system in power is the most necessary obligation.”
For instance, some days ago, authorities’ publicity stunt for the funeral of the former commander of the IRGC Quds Force Qassem Soleimani resulted in a scandal. The Iranian government was looking to publicize the “popularity” of the slain IRGC-QF commander by mobilizing its loyalists.
However, mismanaging of the procession and stockpiling the poor people through tight lanes and alleys caused the death of at least 70 casualties in Kerman province, southeastern Iran. Ironically, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) called these poor people “martyrs.”
As an outcome, the authorities’ preference for making good publicity films came at the expense of the lives of 70 victims. Remarkably, several government appointees previously criticized and envisaged deadly accidents in accordance with using unsafe structures to show-off large “population” alone.
The Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki tried to whitewash the imprudence of the government and disguise the casualties. He claimed that the accident in Kerman left “213 wounded” alone. However, the IQNA News Agency estimated the “78 death toll” in the procession of Qassem Soleimani’s funeral in Kerman, Aftab website reflected on January 7.
The second deputy of the parliament speaker Ali Motahari announced “80 people” have died in Kerman. Motahari claimed that he earlier issued warning about the happening of similar occurrences in an article, but media outlets didn’t pay attention to his warning in fear of “reduction” in the large presence of the “people.”
Notably, Motahari along with almost 80 other current members of the parliament is recently disqualified by the Khamenei-dominated Guardian Council from participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“We have precision information; five members of the province [Kerman] security council complained about the route of the procession. They said when the people arrive at this specific point, there will be casualties due to the narrow street width.
However, several members rejected and insisted on exhibiting the scale of contributors. ‘the crowd must be dramatic,’ they said. This matter shows that regrettably, we don’t care for people’s lives. We attribute this incident to people’s emotions then we leave away the issue,” Hamshahri Online website published on January 13.
The Ayatollahs’ Record in This Respect
The truth is the Iranian government recorded a notorious background over miserable managements or tactics under the pretext of “jihadi management.” From 1980 to 1988, Revolutionary Guards commanders took the wheel of the war against Iraq that left at least one million casualties and thousands of damaged cities and towns.
These commanders like Qassem Soleimani and his successor Esmail Ghaani were prompting their young forces, in particular, teenagers, to run into minefields. Their horrible tactics called “human wave” left dozens of thousands of Iranian soldiers dead.
Disastrous operations of the IRGC under the banner of Karbala Four and Karbala Five, which counted Iran’s prominent defeats, resulted in nearly 77,000 Iranian casualties alone, according to official figures. Notably, Ghaani was one of the field commanders of Karbala Five.
Iranian authorities also executed more than 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. Victims were mostly members and supporters of the main Iranian dissident group, Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). According to the group, the Iranian security apparatus has killed 120,000 opponents, mostly affiliated to the MEK.
Additionally, the ayatollahs always responded to people’s cries for freedom, justice, equality, and basic rights with excessive violence. Since 1979, after becoming the Islamic Republic regime in power, security forces quelled any kind of protests by the extrajudicial death penalty and arbitrary arrests.
Released detainees tell horrible narratives from inside dungeons. While the governing system’s survival is endangered by the Iranian people, officials constantly attribute opposite voices to illusory foes. They justify their ill-treatment and a massive crackdown on peaceful demonstrators by describing them as “rioters,” “thugs,” and “foreigners.”
On January 17, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei attacked youths who are fed up by the government’s costly foreign policies and unique internal suppression. “Those who chant, ‘no Gaza nor Lebanon,’ and insult Qassem Soleimani by tearing down and torching his portraits are not Iranians. They are [foreigners],” Khamenei said in his recent Friday prayer sermon.