20th anniversary of the massacre of 290 Iranian civilians by the US Navy passes unnoticed in the US press

A quick note here to note that the 20th anniversary of the massacre of 290 civilians by the US Navy in shooting down an Iranian civilian airliner, just passed by without any note in the western press.

The U.S. Navy’s guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes, shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers and crew members, including 66 children.


The US never apologized for this event and George Bush was later quoted as saying he would never apologize for the USA. 

In August 1988, George H.W. Bush was quoted by Newsweek as saying, “I’ll never apologize for the United States of America. Ever, I don’t care what the facts are.”

Apparently there was an error and it was thought that the passenger airliner was a military plane.  Later, the Commander of the ship was given an award:

The Vincennes crew received combat-action ribbons. Lieutenant Commander Scott Lustig, air-warfare coordinator on the Vincennes, was awarded with the Commendation Medal for ‘heroic achievement’, noting his ‘ability to maintain his poise and confidence under fire’.The US government refused to claim responsibility for the incident and to apologize to the Iranian nation for the appalling act which brought unspeakable pain and grief to countless families.



On top of everything else we’ve done to Iraq since Mossadegh, doesn’t this also show that Iran has some pretty good reasons to be upset with the USA?

Update:  7/4/08:

There’s a pretty good page on this subject at Wikipedia:



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