June 6, 2000
Iranians deserve justice too
Last Sunday the news program 60 Minutes did an interview with
Behbehani, who is supposedly a former top Iranian intelligence officer
and dean of Iran's terrorist activities in the past. Behbehani has fled
Iran and is now in Turkey. He alleges that Iran masterminded the bombing
of Pan Am 103 which exploded over Scotland more than a decade ago.
He alleges other things too; but nevertheless the theory that Iran was
behind Pan Am 103 really isn't news, since terrorism 'experts' have more
or less unanimously agreed that Iran blew up the airliner as an act of
revenge for the downing of an Iran Air passenger jet by the USS Vincennes
back in 1988.
Let's think about this for a moment. Iran plants a bomb on an American
airliner, killing 200+ innocent civilians, most of whom were Americans.
The act is condemned and denounced as a horrific act of terrorism. The
USS Vincennes, acting in an official capacity on behalf of the United
States government and military, fires a missile at an Iranian airliner,
killing 290 innocent civilians, nearly all of whom were Iranian.
The captain of the ship is not court martialled, prosecuted, or even
reprimanded. IN FACT, he, along with every crew member on that Navy ship,
is given a MEDAL OF HONOR for acting in what they thought was a defensive
capacity (you can check the record yourself). Nothing is thought of it.
And now the two Libyans suspected of involvement in Pan Am 103 are on
international trial in Scotland.
If we are going to try anyone for the bombing of Pan Am 103, then I
DEMAND, as an Iranian citizen, that the then captain of the USS Vincennes
(his name is Rogers) be prosecuted and indicted in the International Court
of Justice at The Hague in similar fashion, for this tragedy which took
the lives of 290 innocent Iranians. Iranian people deserve justice too.