Iran finally admitted Friday night to the incontrovertible evidence that it had shot a Ukraine jetliner out of the sky less than two minutes after it took off.I was horrified when I heard the initial reports, It seems that a whole bunch of Canadians were on board, and I admit that mystified me. What the hell were they doing in Tehran? And, what was the pilot thinking? Didn't he know that he was flying in what seemed to be contested air space? How did the ground controllers let him take off in the first place?
Somewhere outside Tehran, a young officer had a crew at a missile site. They were expecting an American response to their missile launches into Iraq. This young officer saw a bogey on his screen and launched a missile. The missile did just exactly what it was designed to do.
It's a tragedy, but it seems to be a cascading chain of events that lead this Ukrainian jet to be over a missile site that was cocked-and-locked for incoming air traffic. A blip on a screen, and war has begun.