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Mild Resolution Adopted Over USS Vincennes Incident
[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 19 - July 21, 1988
Ludwig De Braeckeleer (ludwig)     Print Article 
Published 2008-07-22 03:55 (KST)   

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Thursday, July 21, 1988

"The resolution adopted today puts the unfortunate events of July 3 in proper perspective."
--Vernon A. Walters, US representative at the UN

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On this day in 1988, the UN Security Council adopted a mild resolution regarding the downing of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes, which caused the instant death of 290 people, including 66 children.

The resolution merely expresses deep distress and profound regret for the loss of innocent lives. The text does not criticize of the United States for its action in the Persian Gulf.

Tehran's representative at the UN had demanded an apology from the United States, legal reparations to the families of the victims and the immediate departure of US forces from the Gulf region.


In a statement read on Tehran radio, Ayatollah Khomeini confirmed that he had accepted a proposed ceasefire with Iraq. Khomeini had always said that he would never accept a ceasefire, even if ordered by the UN Security Council. Making peace with a criminal is a crime against Islam.

Khomeini was vague on the reasons behind his decision. He said that he agreed at the urging of high-ranking military and political experts. The individuals were not named. Khomeini added that some incidents and factors had motivated his decision. He merely added that this would become clear in the future.

US intelligence officials are reporting that the health of the supreme leader is deteriorating rapidly. They allege that he is suffering from liver cancer. There are even rumors that he would soon be dead. (According to a well-informed and trusted source, Khomeini was not suffering from liver cancer.)

Back to the Present

In June 2007, Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi was granted an extraordinary appeal by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission on the basis that his conviction may have been unsafe. Amazingly, no date has yet been fixed for the hearing of the appeal. Why not? According to professor Robert Black, the answer is quite simple.

"The Crown, in the person of the Lord Advocate, and the United Kingdom Government, in the person of the Advocate General for Scotland, have been resorting to every delaying tactic in the book. And where a particular obstructionist wheeze isn't in the book, they have been asking the court to rewrite the book to insert it," Black wrote.

"The judges on a number of occasions have expressed disquiet at the Crown's dilatoriness; but have so far done nothing meaningful to curb it. This must end. The delay is becoming scandalous. The reputation of Scotland's criminal justice system is being further tarnished in the eyes of the world," Black added.

An observer on Black's blog wrote: "It is absolutely clear, to even the most docile, that we have an innocent man languishing in a Scottish Prison, put there by individuals who have performed every deceitful illegal manoeuvre available, manipulated the due course of Law, suppressed vital and legitimate evidence and capitulated to the subterfuge of International Politics and Governments."

"Khomeini Accepts Poison of Ending the War With Iraq," July 21, 1988.

"Excerpts From Letter Sent by Iraqi Official to U.N. Leader," July 21, 1988.

"Eight Men Are Charged With Pro-Libya Actions," July 21, 1988.


Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. Ludwig teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost."
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