‘They shot it down.’ A blindingly obvious near-certainty. But, according to one conspiracy theory, the downing of a Ukrainian plane in Iran was a coward’s way of inflicting tit-for-tat.

9 January 2020 By Paul Martin

A Ukrainian civilian aircraft is shot down near Teheran. It was not engine failure. It was not a missile that was on its way somewhere else. So how come any media organisation either of these two ludicrous claims even remotely seriously?

The chances that Iran was firing another rocket aiming at the Americans based in Iraq, from somewhere near Teheran Airport, Iran, are vanishingly small. Even if some missiles possess an built-in device that could divert its flight path when in proximity to warm engines. In any case the missiles actually fired at bases in Iraq hours earlier came from Iranian batteries hundreds of kilometres further west.

How the BBC World Service allowed this theory to be peddled without challenge defies belief.

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