* Trudeau blamed US killing of general Qassem Soleimani for raising tensions
* He said international community had to ‘manage tensions brought about by US’
* Iran has admitted its Revolutionary Guards shot down the jet, killing 176 people
* Today Tehran said it had made several arrests as Hassan Rouhani vowed justice
* Dozens of Iranians were on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight
Justin Trudeau has today blamed the US ‘escalation’ in the Middle East for the Iranian shoot-down of a passenger jet in an extraordinary swipe at Donald Trump.
Echoing what Iranian officials have said, Trudeau said the dozens of Canadian crash victims would be ‘home with their families’ but for the tensions started by the US killing of Qassem Soleimani.
The Canadian PM said the international community had to ‘manage the tensions in the region that are brought about by US actions’.
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WNU Editor: Tensions did not escalate and rise because of the death of Soleimani. Those tensions have been escalating for months, from oil tanker attacks in the Persian Gulf, an attack on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil refinery in September, and the continuous rocket attacks by Iranian-backed militias on Iraqi bases that housed coalition forces, Canadian forces included. And as for who was responsible for shooting down this Ukrainian passenger jet. It was shot down in Iran, by a missile fired by an Iranian officer, who was giving the authority to do so by his superiors. Historically speaking, assessing blame like this is nothing new. There are historians who blame the U.S. for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because of U.S. sanctions on Japan at the time.
Justin Trudeau: US escalation partly to blame for Iran plane deaths — The Guardian
Trudeau: Escalating ‘tensions’ with Iran to blame for downed jet — The Hill
Justin Trudeau says Iran plane crash victims would still be alive if not for heightened tensions — The Week
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau blames downing of Ukraine jet on US ‘escalation’ — NYPost
Trudeau: Canadians who Died in Iran Plane Attack ‘Would Be Home with Their Families’ If Not for U.S. ‘Escalation’ — NRO
Trudeau: Plane victims would be alive if not for US-Iran tensions — Al Jazeera
Iran Shoots Down Passenger Plane and Kills 57 Canadians, So Trudeau Blames Trump — PJ Media