In San Antonio, rent is rising but wages aren’t

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In San Antonio, rent is rising but wages aren’t.

The city already has some of the worst poverty and segregation rates in the country. Now increasing rents are leaving low-income households struggling to keep up with the cost of living.
In the 40-minute bus ride across San Antonio that Barbie Hammond takes to work, there’s one topic of conversation that keeps coming up: the cost of rent.

“A lady that I talk to on the bus told me she had to move because of the rent increases,” the 57-year-old said. “And I told her, ‘Well, when Christmastime came, I got a note saying that the next month there will be a $60 increase in my apartment.’”

Hammond isn’t alone. According to census data compiled by the company Apartment List, between 2008 and 2018, median rents increased from $860 to $1,002 in the San Antonio area. That 16.5% jump was more than the increase in the New York City region and almost the same as in the Los Angeles area.

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Similar increases happened in the Dallas (18.7%) and Houston (16.1%) regions, but there’s something that makes the San Antonio area unique: While rents have been growing, wages have stagnated. Renters’ median incomes grew from $35,718 to $36,959 during the same period. That 3.5% increase was a third of the percentage growth seen in the Houston area and a fourth of the growth in the Dallas region. Those rent and wage figures were all adjusted for inflation.

The situation has people like Hammond, who is a certified assistant nurse, living paycheck to paycheck.

“I haven’t seen a pay increase in … I can’t even remember,” Hammond said. “Most of the jobs here are not gonna pay me more. San Antonio needs to catch up.”

Historically, rents in the United States grew hand-in-hand with wages. But after the Great Recession, housing prices started outpacing income. In Texas, the state’s continued population growth has created more demand for housing, which has raised prices. And in San Antonio, a city with some of the worst poverty and segregation rates in the country, low-income households are having trouble keeping up with the cost of living.

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“As a result of this growing gap, families are having to spend more of their already limited income,” said Lourdes Castro Ramírez, chair of the Housing Commission of the city of San Antonio.

According to data from the city, one in three households in the city spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs, the threshold that traditionally has been used to define what is affordable.

“And when we look at renters, one out of every two renters are paying more than 30% of their income,” Castro Ramírez said.

For her, the reasons are multiple and complex, but a primary factor is the kind of housing being built. According to a report from the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force, there were 14,000 more units considered affordable for households making between $14,780 and $29,561 than there were households in that income bracket in 2005. But in 2016, the tables had turned and there were 2,400 fewer units considered affordable than there were households in that bracket.

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“There’s not enough housing for working individuals that are making $15 an hour or below,” said Castro Ramírez.


Who Targeted Ukraine Airlines Flight 752? Iran Shot It Down But There May be More to the Story

USA flung the first rock, when it over threw the Iranian Government for the benefit of the Ratschilds in 1953, installing the evil brutal “Shah of Iran”, who was finally overthrown by the Iranian people in 1979.

All the dead, in all the wars, of the dance between Irrahell, Ratschilds and the USA, and Iran, are murders, crimes against humanity, by the Ratschilds and their bitches, Israhell, UK, and USA.

The Ole Dog!

The claim that Major General Qassem Soleimani was a “terrorist” on a mission to carry out an “imminent” attack that would kill hundreds of Americans turned out to be a lie, so why should one believe anything else relating to recent developments in Iran and Iraq? To be sure, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 departing from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on the morning of January 8th with 176 passengers and crew on board was shot down by Iranian air defenses, something which the government of the Islamic Republic has admitted, but there just might be considerably more to the story involving cyberwarfare carried out by the U.S. and possibly Israeli governments.

To be sure, the Iranian air defenses were on high alert fearing an American attack in the wake of the U.S. government’s assassination of Soleimani on January 3rd followed by a missile strike from Iran directed against two U.S. bases in Iraq. In spite of the tension and the escalation, the Iranian government did not shut down the country’s airspace. Civilian passenger flights were still departing and arriving in Tehran, almost certainly an error in judgment on the part of the airport authorities. Inexplicably, civilian aircraft continued to take off and land even after Flight 752 was shot down.

Fifty-seven of the passengers on the flight were Canadians of Iranian descent, leading Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to point the finger both at the Iranian government for its carelessness and also at Washington, observing angrily that the Trump Administration had deliberately and recklessly sought to “escalate tensions” with Iran through an attack near Baghdad Airport, heedless of the impact on travelers and other civilians in the region.

What seems to have been a case of bad judgments and human error does, however, include some elements that have yet to be explained. The Iranian missile operator reportedly experienced considerable “jamming” and the planes transponder switched off and stopped transmitting several minutes before the missiles were launched. There were also problems with the communication network of the air defense command, which may have been related.

The electronic jamming coming from an unknown source meant that the air defense system was placed on manual operation, relying on human intervention to launch. The human role meant that an operator had to make a quick judgment in a pressure situation in which he had only moments to react. The shutdown of the transponder, which would have automatically signaled to the operator and Tor electronics that the plane was civilian, instead automatically indicated that it was hostile. The operator, having been particularly briefed on the possibility of incoming American cruise missiles, then fired.

The two missiles that brought the plane down came from a Russian-made system designated SA-15 by NATO and called Tor by the Russians. Its eight missiles are normally mounted on a tracked vehicle. The system includes both radar to detect and track targets as well as an independent launch system, which includes an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system functionality capable of reading call signs and transponder signals to prevent accidents. Given what happened on that morning in Tehran, it is plausible to assume that something or someone deliberately interfered with both the Iranian air defenses and with the transponder on the airplane, possibly as part of an attempt to create an aviation accident that would be attributed to the Iranian government.


George H.W. Bush’s Complicity in the 1991 “Highway of Death” Iraq Massacre.

I was there.
The Iraqi soldiers did not stand a chance.

Saddam was the USA’s boy, he killed Iranians for the USA for 10 years.

He went to the US State department bimbo in the area, asked permission of the US to attack, and though he got the US’s blessing.

When he told the state department bimbo what he planned to do, she answered:
What happens between Middle Eastern States is none of our concern.

Soon as he attacked, US started screaming like a raped celestial virgin!

US wanted that war!

The lies which were told by the USA/DC political treasonous whores to justify it, to sway the American people in favor of it, were huge, and many.

US also insinuated if the Iraqi people revolted against Saddam, US would back them.

The idiots in DC thought the Republican guard would overthrow a weakened Saddam after the war, but they waited, wisely, to see if the US was going to come in or not, and when the US did not, they helped slaughter the Iraqis who did revolt.

The ones who revolted were not the ones BadBush and fellow imps of hell wanted as a puppet government.
So the old men, the children, the grandmothers, the mothers, were driven out into the cold, into the hills where thousands died of exposure, starvation, and disease, while Bush and Company, USA, did nothing.

I hope the serial baby raping bastard is burning in hell, and the Devil uses him for a bitch!

The Ole Dog!

US war crimes then and now.

George H. W. Bush (1991). A “statesman” and “American hero”? What a lie!

George W. Bush declares war on Afghanistan (2001)

George W. Bush and Tony Blair wage war on Iraq (2003),

Barack Obama’s fake “counterterrorism” war against the people of Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, (2011-2017),

Trump’s war against Iraq and Syria (2017-

The list is long…


When George H.W. Bush was president he ordered the massacre of Iraqi soldiers after the ceasefire in 1991, and after he had promised them safe passage out of Kuwait. This article, which went viral after the war, exposed Bush as a mass murderer and war criminal, directly involved in the “Highway of Death.” He is a “hero” only to Big Oil and the Wall Street financial empire. This account was assembled by the author and presented by her at a tribunal examining U.S. war crimes. It is still cited around the world on anniversaries of this war.

I want to give testimony on what are called the “highways of death.” These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies of tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, who were withdrawing from Kuwait on February 26th and 27th 1991 in compliance with UN resolutions.

U.S. planes trapped the long convoys by disabling vehicles in the front, and at the rear, and then pounded the resulting traffic jams for hours. “It was like shooting fish in a barrel,” said one U.S. pilot. The horror is still there to see.

On the inland highway to Basra is mile after mile of burned, smashed, shattered vehicles of every description – tanks, armored cars, trucks, autos, fire trucks, according to the March 18, 1991, Time magazine. On the sixty miles of coastal highway, Iraqi military units sit in gruesome repose, scorched skeletons of vehicles and men alike, black and awful under the sun, says the Los Angeles Times of March 11, 1991. While 450 people survived the inland road bombing to surrender, this was not the case with the 60 miles of the coastal road. There for 60 miles every vehicle was strafed or bombed, every windshield is shattered, every tank is burned, every truck is riddled with shell fragments. No survivors are known or likely. The cabs of trucks were bombed so much that they were pushed into the ground, and it’s impossible to see if they contain drivers or not. Windshields were melted away, and huge tanks were reduced to shrapnel.

“Even in Vietnam I didn’t see anything like this. It’s pathetic,” said Major Bob Nugent, an Army intelligence officer. This one-sided carnage, this racist mass murder of Arab people, occurred while White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater promised that the U.S. and its coalition partners would not attack Iraqi forces leaving Kuwait. This is surely one of the most heinous war crimes in contemporary history.

The Iraqi troops were not being driven out of Kuwait by U.S. troops as the Bush administration maintains. They were not retreating in order to regroup and fight again. In fact, they were withdrawing, they were going home, responding to orders issued by Baghdad, announcing that it was complying with Resolution 660 and leaving Kuwait. At 5:35 p.m. (Eastern standard Time) Baghdad radio announced that Iraq’s Foreign Minister had accepted the Soviet cease-fire proposal and had issued the order for all Iraqi troops to withdraw to positions held before August 2, 1990 in compliance with UN Resolution 660. President Bush responded immediately from the White House saying (through spokesman Marlin Fitzwater) that “there was no evidence to suggest the Iraqi army is withdrawing. In fact, Iraqi units are continuing to fight. . . We continue to prosecute the war.” On the next day, February 26, 1991, Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad radio that Iraqi troops had, indeed, begun to withdraw from Kuwait and that the withdrawal would be complete that day. Again, Bush reacted, calling Hussein’s announcement “an outrage” and “a cruel hoax.”


George H.W. Bush’s Complicity in the 1991 “Highway of Death” Iraq Massacre.

US to Iraq: ‘Vote All You Want, We’re Not Leaving!’

President Trump’s decision earlier this month to assassinate Iran’s top military general on Iraqi soil – over the objection of the Iraqi government – has damaged the US relationship with its “ally” Iraq and set the region on the brink of war. Iran’s measured response – a few missiles fired on an Iraqi base after advance warning was given – is the only reason the US is not mired in another Middle East war.

Trump said his decision to assassinate Gen. Qassim Soleimani was intended to prevent a war, not start a war. But no one in his right mind would think that killing another country’s top military leader would not leave that country annoyed, to say the least. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) said the Trump Administration’s briefing to Congress on its evidence to back up claims that Soleimani was about to launch attacks against the US was among the worst briefings they’d ever attended.

After initially claiming that Soleimani had to be taken out immediately because of “imminent” attacks he was launching against the US, Trump Administration officials including Secretary of State Pompeo and Defense Secretary Esper have been busy walking back those claims. Esper claimed over the weekend that he had not seen the intelligence suggesting an attack on US embassies was in the works. If the Secretary of Defense did not seen the intelligence, then who did?

No doubt the Iraqi leadership recognized these kinds of deceptions: the same kinds of lies were used to push the US into attacking their own country in 2003. So it should not have come as a big surprise that the Iraqi government met last week and voted that all foreign military personnel should leave Iraqi soil.

Then a funny thing happened when the Iraqi prime minister attempted to communicate to the US government the will of the Iraqi people through their democratically-elected officials. On Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi phoned Pompeo to urgently request that Washington enact a US troop “withdrawal mechanism” in Iraq. American troops are in Iraq by invitation of the Iraqi government and the Iraqi government had just voted to revoke that invitation.

The State Department responded with a statement titled “The US Continued Partnership with Iraq,” in which it essentially said that the US would not abide by the request of its Iraqi partners because the US military is a “force for good” in the Middle East and that as such it is “our right” to maintain “appropriate force posture” in the region.

The US invaded Iraq based on Bush Administration lies and a million Iraqis died as a result. Later, President Obama ramped up the drone program and also backed al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists to overthrow the secular Syrian government. Obama also attacked Libya based on lies, leaving the country totally destroyed. Trump is assassinating foreign officials and threatening destruction of Iran.

And the State Department calls that a “force for good”?

The United States can be a true force for good, however. End the military occupation of the Middle East, end foreign military aid, stop using the CIA to overthrow governments. Allow Americans to travel and do business in any country they wish. Lead by example and demonstrate how free markets and peace benefit all. A “force for good” means not forcing others to bow to your will.


Muqtada Al-Sadr Joins Meeting of Iraqi Popular Forces’ Leaders on Expulsion of US Forces

“In his visit to the house of martyred General Soleimani in Tehran, al-Kaabi said that the resistance movement will take revenge on perpetrators of US terrorist act in assassinating General Soleimani very soon.

Islamic Resistance Movement of Iraq (Al-Nujaba) promised daughter of Gen. Soleimani to take revenge on martyrdom of General Soleimani” reiterated the Iraqi figure.

Iraq will not be a safe place for American mercenaries and terrorists anymore, he emphasized.”

Do you stupid American sheep who cheered the trickster trumpeter for murdering the hero who defeated ISIS in Syria and Iraq, understand what the man just said?

He said, your children, you allowed to join the USA Crime cabal Military terrorist organization, which is occupying Iraq against Iraq’s wishes, murdering Iraqi and now Iranian people in Iraq, will pay with their lives in Iraq for what the Trickster Trumpster did.

The chickenshit, treasonous against American’s evil of the fat, pedopist piece of Israhell first, Khazarian street mutt dog shit blowhard coward Trickster Trumpeter, will be paid for with the blood of American children!

Trump won’t get his ass blown off for his stupidity and evil, your kids will.

Will all the Trumpster lovers thank him when their children come home in body bags with China mass produced cheap plastic Purple Hearts pinned to the cheap mass produced by China body bags?

Because of Trumps arrogance, stupidity, war crimes and Israhell first Anti-American bull shit?

Or will they cheer Trump, as the grave diggers lower the bodies of their children killed as blood sacrifices to Israhell’s and Trump’s evil plans and war crimes, into the cold unforgiving ground?

The Ole Dog!

TEHRAN (FNA)- Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in a meeting with leaders of the country’s popular forces conferred on ways to end the US occupation of the country.
The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news website reported on Monday that the meeting was hosted by Secretary General of al-Nujaba Movement Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi and attended by Head of the Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) Abu Alaa al-Wala’i and a representative of Asa’eb al-Haq resistance group.

The information center of al-Nujaba Movement released images of the meeting which was aimed at coordination to expel the American forces from Iraq.

Al-Kaabi had on Sunday reassured the family of IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was savagely assassinated by the terrorist army of the US at Baghdad International Airport, that resistance groups of the region will exact revenge on American perpetrators of the criminal act.

In his visit to the house of martyred General Soleimani in Tehran, al-Kaabi said that the resistance movement will take revenge on perpetrators of US terrorist act in assassinating General Soleimani very soon.

“Islamic Resistance Movement of Iraq (Al-Nujaba) promised daughter of Gen. Soleimani to take revenge on martyrdom of General Soleimani” reiterated the Iraqi figure.

Iraq will not be a safe place for American mercenaries and terrorists anymore, he emphasized.

The Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution to work to end the foreign troop presence in the Arab country in the wake of a US targeted assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of Iraqi popular forces.

The resolution, which was passed anonymously, instructed the government to cancel a request for military assistance to the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) terror group.

“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read, adding, “The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.”

The resolution stated that Iraqi military leadership has to report the number of foreign instructors that are necessary for Iraqi national security.

Earlier, Abdul Mahdi had requested that parliament order the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.


Judiciary Chief: US President Should Stand Trial for Assassination of General Soleimani

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said Iran will file a complaint at international courts against US President Donald Trump for violating all international laws by ordering assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
“This issue will certainly be pursued at the Human Rights Headquarters in cooperation with the foreign ministry and other bodies and we should make the US president account for his deeds as the prime suspect and he should face complaint,” Rayeesi said, addressing the judiciary officials in Tehran on Monday.

“The complaint will be filed as he stands in power as the US president and after that, and this issue will be pursued and we will not leave him alone and he should be stand at an international tribunal,” he added.

General Soleimani was martyred in a targeted assassination attack by the US drones at Baghdad International Airport early on January 3.

The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shaabi. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

Five Iranian and five Iraqi militaries were martyred by missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.

Trump has said that he ordered a precision strike to “terminate” the Iranian commander.

The attack came amid tensions that started by the US attack on PMF units that killed 28 Iraqi popular forces. A day later, Iraqi people attacked the US embassy in Baghdad.

The targeted assassination attack represents a dramatic escalation by the US toward Iran after months of tensions. The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the US from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.

Last Wednesday, the IRGC Aerospace Force launched heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the assassination of General Soleimani.


Questions about Trump’s being Unable to Produce Any Real Evidence the Murdered by Trump Iranian General Was Planning To Attack American Embassies

Then we agree!
Fuck America!
Viva Israhell!

18 years ago, on 11 September 2001, Mossad and USA/DC attacked the American Home land at New York murdering over 3,000 souls.

Everyone able to chew gum and walk at the same time knows, (unless the ignorance is self imposed), the “Official” 9-11 story / investigation both, should start with In a Land far-far away, and end with, and they all lived happily ever after, and is. grade A, USA, Un-adulterated Washington DC Bull Shit!

Yet 18 years and counting, DC has not fessed up to the truth and arrested their own pedophilic asses for treason, murder and just generally for lying their butts off?

And yet again, trying to get one more war going for the benefit of the Ratschilds Israhell Khazarian Mafia Headquarters and hide out in occupied Palestine.

As well as stealing over 11 million dollars a day from the Hard Pressed American worker, struggling in the basement level dump economy crafted by the DC geniuses and ships it to the Ratschilds in occupied Palestine!

I would not hold my breath for any evidence on this latest in a generations long, over two hundred year history of War Crimes based on False Flags and contrived lies by the USA/DC Crime Cabal.

In this the latest of the USA/DC’s War Crimes, the Trickster Trumpster murdering a diplomat from another country, in yet a third country, which Trump had the Saudi’s lure there on a fake “Peace Mission”, so Trump could murder the Iranian General who defeated ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and is a hero of the Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian peoples, any “evidence” which the Crime Cabal provides should start with “Once upon a time in a Land far-far away, and end with, “and they all lived happily forever more”.

The Ole Dog!

When Iran Air Flight 655 Was Shot Down By A US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser

I personally knew the officer who had been the XO on the ship when they shot down the Iranian Airliner. He finished his 20 blackballed and with no chance for advancement

In both Air Liner shoot downs, if not for the War Crimes of the USA, neither one would have been shot down, and all those people would not be dead.

From best evidence not manufactured, the CIA brought down the Pan Am flight, not Iran or Libya.

The Ole Dog!

n 1988, a US warship shot down an Iranian commercial plane, killing all onboard. The American captain and his crew were hailed as heroes, Scotland suffered, Libyans were punished, and we are still living with the effects today.

It began when Iraq invaded Iran on September 22, 1980. America sided with Iraq, and by the time it ended on August 20, 1988, about a million people were dead. What ended the war, however, was an event that took place in the Strait of Hormuz.

As the world gets 20% of its oil through this maritime route, the Iraq-Iran War extended to this vital Strait with disastrous consequences. On May 17, 1987, the USS Stark was hit by two Iraqi missiles – killing 37 US Navy men and wounding another 21. It was an accident, of course.

Despite this and other such incidents, commerce, fishing, and civilian transport continued using the Strait. To ensure they were able to, the US sent in its navy to protect them, as well as to enforce trade sanctions against Iran.

Iran responded by harassing ships – not just those from Iraq, but also those from neighboring countries. They also planted sea mines around their waters, one of which damaged the USS Samuel B. Roberts on April 14, 1988.

Four days later, the US retaliated with Operation Praying Mantis and attacked Iranian oil rigs in Iranian waters. The next day, they sank the Iranian frigate Sahand.

Non-Iranian merchant vessels and oil tankers paid the price. Many were harassed by Iranian Boghammar High-Speed Patrol Boats (HSPB), even in international waters.

On the evening of July 2, the merchant ship Corona Maris issued a distress call that began a tragic countdown. It was passing through the Strait when it was attacked by about 12 to 15 Boghammars. The USS Elmer Montgomery went to their rescue and escorted the ship out to the Arabian Sea.

The next morning, US Navy ships detected loud explosions. The USS Vincennes rushed to the Dhaulagiri, a German merchant ship, but they were not under attack.

It then went to help the Montgomery, and in doing so, crossed into Omani waters. That angered Oman, and the Vincennes was ordered to leave, so it did.

Captain Richard McKenna, Surface Warfare Commander in the Persian Gulf, was furious with Captain William C. Rogers III of the Vincennes. He was a hothead who had already stepped on many toes.

A Boghammar HSPB Photo Credit
A Boghammar HSPB. Bukvoed – CC BY 2.5
US military presence in the Persian Gulf was already a sensitive issue, and Rogers had no authorization to join the Montgomery which did not need any help. Hoping to de-escalate the situation, McKenna told Rogers to stay put and to send a chopper to investigate the explosions.

The helicopter pilot reported coming under fire by Iranian speedboats further north, so Rogers violated McKenna’s orders and entered Iranian waters.

Iran Air Flight 655 was an Airbus A300B2. On the morning of July 3, it was Captained by Mohsen Rezalan – a veteran pilot who was on his second leg of the day, and unhappy. He was 27 minutes late for his 28-minute flight from Teheran’s Bandar Abbas Airport to Dubai.

The USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf Photo Credit
The USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf

At 10:17 AM Iranian time (UTC +3:30), 655 finally took off and headed back the way it had come along commercial air corridor Amber 59 – a 20-mile wide lane which stretched directly over the Vincennes.

Down below, Rogers was having the time of his life blasting Boghammers when his men detected Flight 655. They contacted the plane but got no response. Switching to civilian channels, they ordered the “F-14” to change course.

If Rezalan received it, he ignored it. He was not the only commercial plane in the vicinity, nor was he flying an F-14 fighter jet.

Remembering the Stark and the Samuel B. Roberts while in the midst of a skirmish with Boghammars and other armed speed boats, Rogers gave the order to fire. There was a media crew onboard, that day, which recorded the jubilation on the bridge as they confirmed a direct hit on the plane.

Commemorative Iran Air Flight 655 over Mehrabad International Airport, Teheran in 2010 Photo Credit
Commemorative Iran Air Flight 655 over Mehrabad International Airport, Teheran in 2010. Khashayar Talebzadeh – GFDL
Minutes later, the mood changed when they received radio broadcasts in both English and Farsi. The voices were desperate, pleading anyone in the vicinity to head for the crashed plane.

As they were already in Iranian waters, the Vincennes was the first to arrive. In the sea were 290 dead bodies – 66 of whom were children. There was no more cheering after that, not even from Rogers.

America denied having any ships in Iranian waters and blamed Iran for the incident. They also claimed that 655 was descending as if in attack mode.

They gave Rogers the Legion of Merit for his performance and the rest of the crew a hero’s welcome in San Diego. They would change their stories years later, but for others, it would be too late.

Flight 655’s doomed flight path on July 3, 1988 Photo Credit
Flight 655’s doomed flight path on July 3, 1988. Dual Freq – CC BY-SA 3.0
The day after the shooting, Iran’s Charge d’Affaires in Britain, Mohammad Basti, gave a press conference vowing revenge. He did not specify what Iran would do, only that it would be commensurate to the downing of Flight 655.

Iran was convinced the shooting was no accident – signaling America’s intent to enter the war. Exhausted, demoralized, and reeling from sanctions, they opened peace talks and formally ended the war in August.

Months later on December 21, Pan Am Flight 103 took off from London’s Heathrow Airport on the way to New York. Aboard were 243 passengers and 16 crew. As it flew over Scotland’s residential Lockerbie district, it blew up, killing everyone plus 11 on the ground.

Remains of Pan Am Flight 103 in Scotland Photo Credit
Remains of Pan Am Flight 103 in Scotland.
Given Basti’s earlier threat, suspicion fell on Iran. The next day, a group calling itself the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution claimed responsibility – as did many others.

Blame eventually shifted to Libya. Buckling under the pressure, Muammar Gaddafi admitted responsibility for Pan Am 103, handed over the men allegedly responsible, and paid compensation to the victims’ families.

Despite many in the US Navy condemning Rogers, and revelations that initial reports about the incident were false, the US refused to apologize or admit legal liability for Flight 655. Although it did pay compensation to the victims’ families in 1996.