Like other establishment media, the Times is a press agent for US imperial and domestic policies against peace, equity, justice, the rule of law, and public welfare at home and abroad — state-approved propaganda its specialty, truth-telling on vital issues absent from its reports.
In its latest edition, the Times falsely accused Iran of “cover(ing) up the downing of” Ukraine airliner 752 in early January, failing to lay blame where it belongs.
The tragic error came days after the Trump regime’s assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, killing him, Iraqi PMU head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others with them at the same time — a war crime the Times failed to denounce, praising what happened instead.
Departing from Tehran’s International Airport, the Ukraine airliner flew westward on a path toward an IRGC military site, making it appear to be hostile.
The incident came at a time of heightened tensions because of US early January aggression in Iraq and Iran’s retaliation days later against two Pentagon bases in the country, causing significant damage and injuring dozens of US troops.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “(t)here were at least six (US) F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area” when the Ukraine airliner downing occurred, a human error, not a crime, adding:
“There is information that the Iranians were expecting another attack from the United States after the strike but did not know what form it might take” — the IRGC on high alert because of the threat.
Former CIA military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi explained that “(t)he Iranian missile operator reportedly experienced considerable ‘jamming’ and the (airliner’s) transponder (was) switched off and stopped transmitting several minutes before the missiles were launched.”