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According to a report from Axios, U.S. President Donald Trump sent an unorthodox note to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
According to the report, the Canadian ambassador who’d received it did a double-take, questioning the note’s validity.
Canada’s corporate and media elites are more supportive of the Iranian regime than the Iranian people.
We are seeing that as the inescapable conclusion of recent events, which have revealed to us a stunning contrast in how the Iranian people and Western elites have responded.
Remember how the CBC first started the blame-America messaging shortly after the Iranian regime finally admitted to shooting down a plane with 57 Canadian citizens onboard?
That was increasingly echoed by much of the establishment media, despite a clear consensus among Canadians that the Iranian regime bore the responsibility.
And then, Maple Leaf Foods CEO Michael McCain bizarrely used the company’s corporate Twitter account to Tweet out a series of messages that echo the propaganda line of the Iranian regime:
“I’m Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and these are personal reflections. I am very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry. A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran…”
“…U.S. government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes. The world knows Iran is a dangerous state, but the world found a path to contain it; not perfect but by most accounts it was the right direction…”
“..A narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes region. US now unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq; tensions escalated to feverish pitch. Taking out despicable military leader terrorist? There are a hundred like him, standing next in line”
“…The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior? 63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11 year old son)! We are mourning and I am livid. Michael McCain.”
In all of his remarks, McCain fails to mention that Iran shot down the plane.
He also fails to mention that events didn’t magically start with the U.S. strike on Soleimani. As we all know, Iran had violated repeated U.S. red-lines, including attacking U.S. personnel in the region and attacking the U.S. Embassy. Considering that the U.S. is a close ally of Canada, it makes sense that Canadians would be supportive of the U.S. responding to attacks on their people, rather than condemning the U.S. for responding.
Of course, the big issue with what McCain said is that he is saying things very similar to the official Iranian regime propaganda line.
The Iranian regime has repeatedly said that the U.S. is to blame for “escalating,” while ignoring Iran’s initial escalation against the US and violation of US red-lines.
Additionally, McCain’s comments fail to recognize the nature of the regime in Iran, which regularly spreads state-sponsored lies in order to advance their narrative and influence people in the West, while butchering protesters, executing gay people, oppressing women, threatening to destroy Israel, and sponsoring terrorism around the world.
There is simply no moral equivalence between the democratically-elected U.S. government, and the un-elected ruthless Iranian regime.
Amazingly, McCain’s position is far more similar to the Iranian regime propaganda line than the Iranian people themselves. Iranians have been protesting in droves, and they’re not blaming the U.S. Instead, the blame is being put solely where it belongs, on the same Iranian regime that has regularly shown contempt for the lives of the Iranian people.
That contempt can be seen and felt clearly, as the Iranian regime shoots live ammunition at grieving protesters in the street.
And if that isn’t enough, consider that even members of Iran’s official State Propaganda machine are quitting, unable to stomach all the lies.
One TV news anchor, Gelare Jabbari, quit and apologized for pushing the initial regime denial of responsibility:
“Iran State TV’s anchor resigns saying, “It was very hard for me to believe the killing of my countrymen. I apologize for lying to you on TV for 13 years.”
So, what we’re now seeing and hearing is the Iranian people condemning their regime and holding their regime responsible for shooting down the plane, while corporate elites like Michael McCain blame our closest ally–and the leader of the free world–and barely even mention Iran at all.
What an upside-down world we’re living in…
According to the Associated Press, Iran has taken responsibility for shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, claiming that the tragedy was a result of “human error.”
Yesterday Iran said, “What is obvious for us, and what we can say with certainty, is that no missile hit the plane.” according to Axios.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement following Iran’s admission that they shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. saying in part, “Our focus remains closure, accountability, transparency, and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims. This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together.”
Iran’s foreign minister tweeted:
176 people died in the tragedy including 57 Canadians.
Here is the video of the plane right after being struck by the missile:
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
A mother, Sahar Haghjoo, and her daughter Elsa Jadidi were among those who lost their lives on Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752.
Sahar texted her father “Still haven’t taken off, so at least 30 min. Delay.”
Sahar took a picture of herself and her 8-year-old daughter shortly before the flight took off. After sending the picture to her father, Habib Haghjoo, Sahar texted, “taking off now.”
Haghjoo responded, “Good.”
Not long after sending the last text the plane went down claiming both of their lives along with the rest of the passengers on board.
Global News reported Sahar’s father responded, “I am broken.”
Sahar travelled to Iran with her daughter and husband. They were on vacation there for many weeks and visited family. Her husband came back to Canada early for work while the two stayed in Iran.
Sahar sent another picture back to her father while the two were travelling the country by train.
When talking about his granddaughter, Habib said, “She was an amazing girl.”
Elsa went to Al Haadi school in Scarborough. She was a grade 3 student there. The school released a statement on their website honoring Elsa.
The Statement read, “Elsa was a bright, beautiful and brilliant student who was loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a kind, compassionate soul who lit up our classrooms, and held so much promise as a stellar student and impeccable leader at such a young age.”
“Our school will be much dimmer without Elsa to warm the hallways with her smile and laughter.”
Sahar was previously interviewed in May of 2018. The interview was regarding a case of anti-Muslim graffiti.
Sahar was at the school dropping her daughter off. She told Global News, “We live in Canada so we appreciate the diversity and it’s just horrifying.”
“We’re seeing it more and more, unfortunately. So I would discuss it with her in case she’s exposed to it again, so it doesn’t frighten her, so she has an understanding— but it’s just a sad truth.”
Sahar was employed at the YMCA in Toronto. She worked with women that are immigrants and refugees and helped them make a life for themselves in Canada.
Dolores Montavez-Ruz was a colleague of Sahars. She gave her condolences and said, “She was bright, full of life, witty and funny and smart,” and added, “She was so devoted to assisting and helping newcomer women.”
“Green was her favourite colour and she wore it so well.”
Sahar was successful and hosted a Iranian television program called Pure Home: Family Standards in Islam before moving to Canada.
Her father said, “Still she was sending narration for some English program in Press TV … They wouldn’t let her off with all her busy life.”
“She was an exceptional lady and glowing all her short life.”
Iran has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds these past few days, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Iran only became important to the media when they could find a reason to blame U.S. President Donald Trump for everything, and when Canadian citizens became part of the death toll.
The sharp contrast between the perspective of the North American media and the reality of the Iranian situation is perhaps best summed up by Iranian-American human rights activist Erica Kasraie, who recorded her thoughts on the situation in a January 6 YouTube video called “Truth from an Iranian” that has since gone viral:
“I feel like we’re living in the Twilight Zone … I’m completely outraged by this notion that the propaganda machine that is the media is glorifying Qasem Soleimani. This man has not only the blood of Americans on his hands, but the blood of Iranians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Afghanis … The people in Iran are happy that this man who is responsible for the slaughter of so many people is gone. Where was your outrage last month when the regime slaughtered 1600 kids for peaceful protests?” said Kasraie.
Back in Canada, a Toronto candlelight vigil held in memoriam of Qasem Soleimani on January 4 made headlines around the world, while another vigil held a short drive north in the quiet council chambers of the North York Civic Centre for the 1500+ victims of November’s bloody uprisings in Iran was barely noticed. The media had been conspicuously mute on reporting the mass protests where Iranian citizens were brutally killed by the Iranian regime, orchestrated by Soleimani and other high-end officials.
While mourners at the vigil for Soleimani waved Hezbollah flags and chanted “Down with USA! Down with Israel!,” the North York gathering had Canadian and pre-regime Iranian flags respectfully displayed side-by side while a series of speakers spoke about the importance of peace and the cost of war.
It’s frustrating to see the brutal reality of the Iranian regime ignored as the Canadian and American establishment media portrays the regime as legitimate and Soleimani as a respected leader while suggesting our closest ally targeted an innocent man.
The media considered the beard Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought back from his vacation far more important than discussing the 300% fuel hike that sparked November’s protests. The hike was merely the straw that broke the camel’s back, with increasing unrest being indicative of the growing divide between the authoritarian regime and the people living under it.
When the media did spare a few seconds to cover the protests, they didn’t talk about the way the regime shut down the country’s internet in an effort to sever communication between protestors and prevent imagery from making its way to the outside world. They didn’t talk about the deaths of 14-year-old Nikta Esfandani, or show 27-year-old Pouya Bakhtiari’s grandmother’s heartfelt plea for the regime to release her family from prison so she would not have to grieve her grandson’s death alone.
Instead, core causes were misrepresented according to the outlet’s political preferences. While CBC reported that the Iranian people were protesting sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, many of the Iranians I spoke to at a recent demonstration in support of the protestors actually view those sanctions as delegitimizing a corrupt government, and support them on those grounds regardless of however else they feel about Trump.
Truth be told, most so-called “experts” on the Iran situation that you will encounter online or in the establishment media are either using spin to serve an anti-U.S. agenda, or simply don’t know what they’re talking about. Many can’t even locate Iran on a map.
Simply put, the protestors in Iran are fighting for what many of us in the West take for granted: freedom of expression, democracy, and peace. They are fighting with their lives to get it. While westerners share imagery stating that “hijab means freedom,” women in Iran are imprisoned and flogged for actively protesting mandatory hijab and demanding the freedom to choose whether or not to wear it.
So, the next time you are looking for context or opinion on the volatile situation in Iran, look beyond media spin and woke celebrity opinions, and instead seek out those who know the situation best: the Iranian people themselves. You might just discover the truth.