News

World

Trudeau: Canadians who Died in Iran Plane Attack ‘Would Be Home with Their Families’ If Not for U.S. ‘Escalation’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (CBC via Reuters)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday suggested that the U.S. shares some blame for Iran’s shooting down of a commercial jet last week since the incident occurred during a period of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

“I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau said during an interview with Global News TV.

On January 2 the U.S. killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Iraq’s Baghdad International Airport. Several days later Iran fired ballistic missiles at U.S. positions in Iraq, but then accidentally shot down a civilian passenger plane en route to Ukraine. The Iranian military said the plane was mistaken for an “enemy target.”

Most of the passengers were Iranian or Canadian citizens. Trudeau said Canada was not informed ahead of time of the U.S. strike, but that he would have preferred advance notice.

“The U.S. makes its determinations,” Trudeau said. “We attempt to work as an international community on big issues. But sometimes countries take actions without informing their allies.”

On Thursday, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg also appeared to suggest the U.S. was partly responsible for the crash.

“Innocent civilians are now dead because they were caught in the middle of an unnecessary and unwanted military tit for tat,” Buttigieg wrote in a Twitter post. “My thoughts are with the families and loved ones” of the victims.

President Trump ordered the strike on Soleimani after several days of pressure on American personnel and positions Iraq.

An Iran-backed militia, Kataib Hezbollah, killed an American contractor on December 27 and injured four other Americans, in response to which the U.S. ordered airstrikes targeting militia members. The group proceeded to lead several days of protests effectively besieging the American embassy in Baghdad.

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

Most Popular

White House

On the Bidens, Schiff Opened the Door

You opened the door. Trial lawyers live in fear of that phrase. When a trial starts, both sides know what the allegations are. Both have had enough discovery to know what the adversary will try to prove. Just as significantly, both know what their own vulnerabilities are. A litigator spends his pretrial ... Read More
White House

On the Bidens, Schiff Opened the Door

You opened the door. Trial lawyers live in fear of that phrase. When a trial starts, both sides know what the allegations are. Both have had enough discovery to know what the adversary will try to prove. Just as significantly, both know what their own vulnerabilities are. A litigator spends his pretrial ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Clarence Thomas Speaks

Those who know Justice Clarence Thomas say that any perception of him as dour or phlegmatic couldn't be more off-base. He's a charming, gracious, jovial man, full of bonhomie and easy with a laugh, or so I'm told by people who know him well. On summer breaks he likes to roam around the country in an RV and stay ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Clarence Thomas Speaks

Those who know Justice Clarence Thomas say that any perception of him as dour or phlegmatic couldn't be more off-base. He's a charming, gracious, jovial man, full of bonhomie and easy with a laugh, or so I'm told by people who know him well. On summer breaks he likes to roam around the country in an RV and stay ... Read More
World

Alarmists Were Wrong about the Soleimani Strike

Two weeks ago, the United States seemed on the brink of starting another war in the Middle East after a drone strike killed Iran’s most notorious spymaster, Qasem Soleimani, as he departed an international airport in Baghdad. The shadowy general, in charge of the Iranian equivalent of the CIA, was one of the ... Read More
World

Alarmists Were Wrong about the Soleimani Strike

Two weeks ago, the United States seemed on the brink of starting another war in the Middle East after a drone strike killed Iran’s most notorious spymaster, Qasem Soleimani, as he departed an international airport in Baghdad. The shadowy general, in charge of the Iranian equivalent of the CIA, was one of the ... Read More
U.S.

Nadler’s Folly

Jerry Nadler must have missed the day in law school where they teach you about persuasion. The House Democrat made a critical error early in the trial of President Trump. He didn’t just say that Republican senators, who voted to begin the proceedings without calling witnesses, were part of a cover-up. He said ... Read More
U.S.

Nadler’s Folly

Jerry Nadler must have missed the day in law school where they teach you about persuasion. The House Democrat made a critical error early in the trial of President Trump. He didn’t just say that Republican senators, who voted to begin the proceedings without calling witnesses, were part of a cover-up. He said ... Read More