Christie on Iranian plane crash

January 9, 2020
Goldstream News Gazette, Black Press
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Conflict expert Prof. Ken Christie appeared in the Goldstream News Gazette and other Black News publications to offer insight on the Canadian reaction the situation in the Middle East, including Wednesday’s fatal plane crash near Tehran. Most of the plane’s passengers were traveling to Canada. Sixty-three passengers were Canadian citizens.

Here’s an excerpt:

The crash followed a week of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, starting with an American drone strike that killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad Jan. 3…

“Canada typically follows the line that the U.S. follows in terms of its foreign policy,” Christie said. “Though I think in this case there’s probably some upset that the U.S. went and conducted the drone strike against Soleimani on their own.”

On the same morning the plane crashed, Iran launched missile attacks on Iraq bases where American, Canadian and allied troops were stationed, announcing the strikes as retaliation for Soleimani’s killing. U.S. officials now say it is “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed the jetliner.

“Precisely at that moment in time and just a few hours before, Iran was launching missiles at American air bases in Iraq and there is some speculation that a missile might have hit the plane,” Christie said. “I think that kind of uncertainty about what happened, and the fact that the Iranians have not handed over the black box … I think that uncertainty and ambiguity exacerbated all that worry and anxiety and tension.”

This story appeared in the Goldstream News Gazette.