Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran

Khatami and the West to Blame for Air Tragedy


Blaming Iranian political reformers and the West for yesterday's horrific air crash in northwest Iran, this article by columnist Kian Mokhtari of Iran's state-funded Kayhan lashes out at former President Khatami for seeking to replace Iran's passenger fleet with Western aircraft - and the West for not selling them to him. On the other hand, he also blames the bad reputation of Russian aircraft on Western propaganda.


By Kian Mokhtari


July 16, 2009


Islamic Republic of Iran- Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Iran's former President Khatami: The Iranian regime is taking advantage of an aviation tragedy to attack him and other Iranians who have complained about the handling of the recent presidential election.


BBC NEWS: Scores killed in Iran aviation disaster, July 16, 00:01:50RealVideo

A Caspian Airlines flight from Iran, a Tupolev Tu-154 M-3, caught fire shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport. Crashing 16 minutes into the flight, all 168 passengers and crew were lost.


This type of craft is the most advanced and reliable in the Tu-154 M-3 series, but almost since its conception, few aircraft have been plagued by as many problems.


Needing to upgrade its entire civilian fleet, in 1997-98, the Islamic Republic was approached by sales people from two companies, Tupolev and Ilyushin. Tupolev was offering its latest model, the Tu-204, which is considered a mid-range, Boeing 757 equivalent. Ilyushin had the Il-96-300, which is a wide-body, long range carrier equivalent to a Boeing 747.



Both aircraft have excellent safety records, nor have any been lost in accidents. Both comply with the latest E.U. environmental and noise regulations. On course toward a supposed rapprochement with the West at the time, the government of Mohammad Khatami held back on purchasing a Russian fleet.


In any case, even under President Khatami, the West refused to sell passenger aircraft to Iran - presumably because it felt 100 hundred years of looting Iranís resources wasn't sufficient, and that a puppet regime in Tehran should be a prerequisite to any such sales.


During President Mahmud Ahmadinejadís first term, Iran ultimately ordered 35 Tu-204-100s. They have yet to be delivered.


Since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the West has had a magnifying glass on every aspect of Iranian life, so it must be aware that our civilian aviation sector requires new aircraft. The West must also be aware that civilian lives in Iran are being put at risk due to a lack of new aircraft.


The question for the West is: Why in Western eyes are are Iranian lives lost during post-election riots on the streets of Tehran worth so much, while hundreds of thousands of Iranian air travelers are worth so little? To anyone familiar with the West's decades-old plans to exploit Iranian resources with a convenient puppet regime, the answer is pretty obvious.  


Fellow demonstrators struggle to stop the bleeding of a young girl

named Neda Agha Soltan, June 12. She was shot down by the pro-

regime Basij - vigilantes that act as enforcers for the Iran regime.

Do Westerners care more about her death than those killed in

Wednesday's air crash? This video is not for children:



Anyone fooled into dying for the Western cause on the streets of Tehran is an asset to them, because it brings the West that much closer to their sordid aims. But thousands of Iranians can perish in aircraft disasters for all they care, because no political capital can be reaped from their deaths.††



Donít forget, we're talking about powers whose warships violate Iran's territorial waters and shoot down its passenger aircraft [reference to Iran Air Flight 655, shot down by the U.S. in 1988.]


However, just weeks ago a late model Air France Airbus A-330 went down in the Atlantic Ocean with all 228 lives aboard lost. And s brand new Airbus belonging to Yemeni Air Lines went down only two weeks ago with the loss of everyone aboard.


So accidents do happen, and they happen to everyone. Every type of aircraft will have them from time-to-time. At least three dozen Boeing 747, 737 and 727 aircraft have been lost, while not a single Ilyushin Il-96 has ever gone down. But thanks to Western propaganda, itís Russian aircraft that have got a bad name.



Iranian governments must at least try to be astute. The West had no intention of selling aircraft to former President Khatami, so when the time came for replacing Iranís air fleet, his government should have taken the opportunity to find aircraft elsewhere.


Iranian lives do matter, and any responsible Iranian government should spare no effort to drive that point home to West's so-called governments.


If we allow the criminals who masquerade as statesmen in the West the slightest room to maneuver within Iran, they will attempt genocides similar to those they imposed in Iraq, Afghanistan and occupied Palestine. They call their acts of mass murder ďresource management.Ē


Our lives mean nothing to them - and that is where we have to start. From this moment on, a new airline fleet is top of the agenda - and without any further "liberal" hesitation.



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