In 1988, at the end of the war between Iran and Iraq, the United States launched a missile against a civilian Iranian airliner, killing more than 290 people.
The United States claimed that it was a mistake, that it mistook the civilian passenger plane for a fighter.
George H. W. Bush, Vice President under the Reagan administration, defended the attack at the United Nations and said that the shooting down of the plane was an incident of war and that the crew of the Vincennes acted according to the moment.
In an August 2, 1988, press conference he said: “The United States will never apologize, no matter what the facts were.”
Years later it was proved that the investigation was manipulated, and that the U.S. even entered into Iran’s territorial waters to launch the missile.
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