Iran vs the US: The burning plane and a three day lie



In a game of chicken, the Iranian and US governments launched attacks at each other in an effort to see who would back down first, or who would declare war.

Tensions with the US spiked in the last weeks of 2019 when a US civilian was killed by Iranian missiles fired at an Iraqi base. Tensions have spiked since the US sent a drone strike and killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.

The civilians of Iran and Iraq at first fully supported the Iranian government until Iranian forces shot down a flight to Ukraine. This infuriated the public and turned the people against Iran’s government and demanded that their leader, Hassan Rouhani, stand down.

However, Iran’s government did not immediately take responsibility for the destruction of the Ukranian commercial flight. It took the government a total of three days to finally confess to “accidentally” shooting the plane out of the sky.

According to The New York Times, “Mr. Rouhani was livid” when he was told the truth of how the plane was shot down and that Iranian forces were the ones that did it.

Now that the mystery of the Ukrainian plane has been solved, the tensions have slackened, but only lightly.