What makes you think I trust the US government?
Because you write things like this:
Yes I trust them more than I trust the Iranians
Try and understand that I distrust the Iranian and U.S. Governments equally.
But your distrust of both Governments is *NOT* equal.
And I find that quite baffling.
But none of what I said has anything to do with trusting the US government.
Well let's see:
Soleimani was involved in promoting terrorism, he was very much invested in destabilizing Iraq, as well as the region in general.
Who told you that?
Since he placed himself in a war zone, with the intent of making more war & promoting terrorist acts, he was legitimate target and it was in no way an assassination.
He was travelling on a Diplomatic Passport, to visit Baghdad at the invitation of the Iraqi Government, and was assassinated along with a high-ranking member of the Iraqi Military.
I know this, because every single report I've read from multiple sources confirms this.
You are relying solely on the U.S. Government's (rushed) own justification that it hasn't just broken domestic and international Law.
That's simply my reasonable opinion objectively looking at the situation It has nothing to do with trusting the US government.
What other sources have you researched in order to balance your opinion?
Or are you relying solely on the U.S. Government's line as the basis of your opinion?
Your accusation is so ridiculous I'm not going to even explore it anymore.
I am simply observing that you are exclusively parroting the USG-line, and do not appear to be open to any alternative opinions.
I am certainly open to the possibility that it is all as the USG is saying. Could very well have been an over-zealous and/or incompetent Iranian who fired an AA missile at a passenger jet. (Although I'm not sure how that could ever be proven... Even if/when the investigation reveals the plane was definitely brought down by a missile.)
But you don't seem to be open to any other possibilities, beyond what your Commander-in-Chief is telling you.
Plus the statements I made regarding the possibility that the Iranians shot down the Ukrainian airliner was, if you recall, from what Justin Trudeau said and last time I checked he's not part of the US government.
Slight misunderstanding about the nature of U.S.-Canadian political relations, but not to worry.
Are Canadian Intelligence services more effective in Iran than those of the U.S?
Boris Johnson has also come out in full-throated support of the U.S. position.
Which is all the British Public needed to confirm that it must be a whole load of opportunistic bullshit.
My statements are not based on trusting the US government, it's once again based on the most logical possibility given the facts that we've been presented.
The only fact that we have been presented with, is that a civilian airliner crashed with the loss of all souls, shortly after taking off from Tehran airport.
We have to take on faith that those grainy videos show the actual plane in question being brought down by a missile, in Iran.
You say that the "most logical possibility" is that the Iranian Government authorised the shooting down of an airplane with 80+ Iranians on-board.
I say that the most logical possibility is that the plane suffered the kind of crash that is fairly routine with Boeing aircraft in Central Asia.
But so what?
Presumably we'll find out in due course.
That the Iranians accidentally fired on that aircraft because they were on hair trigger mode expecting some type of US counter strike and made a huge mistake. This conclusion is not based on anything the US government has said in regards to this issue.
There's nothing logical about that hypothesis.
It was a civilian plane leaving Iran's busiest airport. And it crashed/was destroyed shortly after take-off.
Why shoot that plane and not others?
However given the area and the limited facts we've been presented there could be additional revelations that might change all this.
There you go.
Always worth keeping an Open Mind with these matters.