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EU lawmaker urges bloc to stop supporting US imperialism

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranians mark the 33rd anniversary of the downing of Iranian commercial airliner by a United States Navy guided-missile cruiser, throwing stalks of flowers in the Persian Gulf on July 3, 2021.

An independent member of the European Parliament from Ireland says the United States’ pursuit of power has done more harm since 1945 than all other countries.

Mick Wallace said in a tweet on Sunday that Washington shows no respect for the UN Charter or International Law, urging the European Union to stop supporting the “US aggression”.

“US Imperialism has done more harm since 1945 than all the rest of the countries in the world - Their pursuit of Power, Influence and Financial Gain continues, showing no respect for the UN Charter or International Law - The EU must stop supporting US aggression,” Wallace said.

Wallace retweeted a post by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, commemorating the anniversary of the US downing of an Iranian commercial airliner  in 1988 over Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

In his tweet, Zarif said on Saturday that “33 years ago today, US shot down #IranAir655, killing all 290 civilians aboard. As a young diplomat, I witnessed US refusal to apologize over the human tragedy it caused.”

“US violence against Iranians began long before & continues today with Economic Terrorism against our people,” he added.

The plane, an Airbus A300B2 of Iran’s flag carrier, Iran Air, had just taken off from the southern Iranian coastal city of Bandar Abbas at 10:17 a.m. local time (UTC 0330) with 274 passengers and 16 crew members on board, and was climbing inside an internationally recognized route to Dubai when the US cruiser, the USS Vincennes, fired two SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles, one of which hit the plane.

US officials claimed that their warship had mistaken the airliner for a supersonic and variable-sweep wing Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet.

The allegation was made even as the warship was equipped with highly sophisticated radar systems and electronic battle gear, and the passenger plane was transmitting Mode III 6760 squawk code, typical of a civilian aircraft, and maintained radio contact in English with appropriate air traffic control facilities.

The USS Vincennes’ captain, William Rogers, was later awarded the Legion of Merit for his so-called outstanding service.

Every year, Iranians throw stalks of flowers in the Persian Gulf to mark the anniversary and pay tribute to the victims of the terrible human tragedy, which retains the record for highest death toll of any aviation incident in the body of water.


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