Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism’s letter to William Rogers
…from ADVT, Tehran,
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In honor of all the Iranian civilians killed by the USS Vincennes, and noting the ghastly crime of the commander later being decorated for a successful tour.
[ Editor’s Note: Iran remembers its war victims, more possibly than the US, as the memories are fresh and their numbers high. VT has always supported Iran’s NGO for it terror victims, 16,000 and counting before our 9-11, and many of them at then hands of the MEK terror group supported by the US and Israel. Shame on both.
When I was in Iran last Spring and doing a speaking tour of the Bandar Abbas area on the Gulf, I learned that almost everyone had relatives killed in the Iran-Iraq war. And the younger people, including my translator, remembered going to bomb shelters during air raids.
Those raids included chemical weapon missile attacks on Iranian cities, compliments of US defense contractors, something for which none of the perpetrators were punished at the time.
The ADVT considers all the civilians killed on Flight 655, the majority of them women and children, to be terror victims. The press release below mentions Captain Rogers getting the Medal of Honor, which was apparently a translation error, as it was for “meritorious service” for the tour.
As is often the case with such incidents, the offending party tries to put the best face on it that it can. You can just imagine Iran making such a “mistake” and shooting down an American airliner, how the US would react with Trump at the helm. We all know.
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– First published … July 03, 2019 –
Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism (ADVT) – On the occasion of 31st anniversary of the missile attack to the airliner in Persian Gulf, ADVT requested the commander of the Vincennes to confess and provide access to justice for the victims of the terrorist crime.
The letter follows:
Mr. William Rogers, former commander of Vincennes,
On 3 July 1988, you committed another crime against humanity in the history by firing a missile to the airliner in the sky of the Persian Gulf. In this terrible crime, 290 innocent people were killed in a moment, including 66 children and 53 women.
The unreasonable US authorities encouraged you like Mr. Paul W. Tibbets in Hiroshima instead of punishing and prosecuting the perpetrator in a court. They awarded Medal of Honor and increased the sadness of the survivors of this catastrophe.
Regardless of the show of awarding Medal of Honor, your name will be alongside Saddam, Hitler, Mussolini, Sharon, and Paul Tibbets as an exemplar of wickedness and a lesson of a symbol of evil, immorality and corruption in the human beings society.
The justification of the crime by awarding Medal of Honor to you is a clear indication of the pre-planning the crime, which is approved by the evidence.
Conscience is the only internal judge that blames the criminals after committing the crime, and there is no escape from it until death. Suicide of thousands of your country’s military forces who return from Middle East confirms it.
Commemorating the memory of the 290 innocent passengers of the terrific crime, Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism request you to use the opportunity of the 31st anniversary and review the catastrophe and express your judgment to the community in order to provide part of the truth and access to justice for the families of the victims.
Concerning this human action, it is hoped that you take a small step in reducing your punishment in the court of public opinion and help other sleeping consciences follow common sense and respect for human dignity.
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It would be helpful to see the orders Rogers was sailing under. Orders that allowed him to do what he did.
It was actually the Legion of Merit medal, not really a big deal, but a way for the government at the time to indirectly clear him of any wrongdoing, and whitewash the incident, which it did, and why such things are done. I do no believe Rogers was shunned at veterans events. Once you have a people or country demonized, then almost anything you do to them is OK, as in, “they deserve it”. It is amazing how in the modern world the public gets suckered over and over with stuff like this.
Part of the problem is military courts, which we should not have. Why cannot civilian courts deal with military people? Why allow and organization to investigate itself despite the obvious conflict of interest.
Compare this murderer called officer in the U.S. Navy Captain William Rogers with the late Chaplain Captain Charlie Litely who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing over 20 wounded soldiers in Viet Nam: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/22/charlie-liteky-who-gave-back-his-medal-honor-dies.html
Quote from article:
Charlie Liteky, who gave back his Medal of Honor, dies
Published January 22, 2017
The real reason to give Rogers this undeserved medal is likely to silence him so he won’t spill the beans on the secret hatred of the great country of Iran and its great citizens hated so by the bigots running the corrupt government of the U.S. in secret under directions from Israel who really hate Iranians then and now under the current bigot Trump. Rogers also majored in psychology like his Father. Here is one example of the attitude of folks in psychology to the Scientific Method: The late Richard Feynman, Ph.D. was a distinguished physicist. He also helped other students in other fields such as psychology. He was helping a young graduate student in psychology try to understand come confusing aspects of an experiment she was conducting. The first advice Feynman gave her was to go back and repeat every aspect of the experiment. She related this advice to her advisor in psychology. This professor in psychology bad mouthed Feynman’s great advice to her and told her it was a waste of her time to re do the experiment. This ignorant advice was…
This ignorant advice was shameful and shows what a low level field psychology was and still is today. She should have moved UP to physics. Rogers is nothing but an ignorant criminal murderer without a conscience. We need officers like him like we need a hole in our heads. Rogers does not possess a conscience. “Conscience Doth Make Cowards of Us All”.
Joining the US military nowadays for patriotic reasons is either out of ignorance or delusion, and I want to slap these idiots that say stupid sh*t like “God bless our troops for keeping us free”. They do not keep us free! They are the mercenary tip of the spear for the lunatic psychopaths running US foreign policy, especially given that it’s an all volunteer force. Besides, the biggest threat to our freedom isn’t China, Russia, Iran, or even the terrorists. No, the biggest threat to American liberty is the bought-off, paid for corporate lobby infested, AIPAC infested US congress! Fact!
I’m still waiting them to revoke the Medals of “Honor” given to members of the 7th for the slaughter at Wounded Knee or the ones handed out for killing an innocent mother and her child at Ruby Ridge and the nice promotions received by “jack booted thugs” for incinerating children and other innocents at Waco.
If foresight was as sharp as hindsight, we’d be better off by a damn sight. Charlie Whittingham
Ya Bet ….. “” Vincennes Capt. Rogers should return medal for shooting down Iranian Flight 655 “” ……By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor –
” ….. Yes that Critter Should return ANY Medal and award and IF this cold blooded critter was ever even the Least bit Moral then for the 266 Innocent Iranian Lives that He Suddenly Shot Down at Whim he should blow his brains out ……… This Critter has ALL the Makings of PTSD ………..
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