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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1989 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/22668/show/22557.

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Transcript Case for Mistaken Identity, Vincennes: Right or Wrong Over the Persian Gulf, on Sunday, July 3, 1988, Iran Air Flight 655 was blown out of the sky by two missies shot from the U.S.S. Vincennes under the command of Will Rogers III. All two hundred and ninety passengers aboard were killed on there way to Dubai for Bandar Abbas, Iran. The question posed by many was not just the cause of the accident, but what was the purpose of the L7.S.S. Vincennes being in the Persian Gulf to begin with. Was the United States in the area for legitimate reasons? "The Kuwaitis had a legitimate concern for protecting its oil tankers and asked the U.S. to protect its interests," said junior psychology major Syed A. Hasan. "The U.S.S. Vincennes should be there in order 'to protect the waterways vital for trade'," said accounting/business administration major Michael D. Martinez. Other students disagreed on what the United States' role should be. "Non-intervention, America should not involve itself in third world affairs. What happens in the Persian Gulf is none of their (America's) business," said junior political science major Ali Sem- | meni. "America should not have its forces in the Persian Gulf because 'it is not their part of the world'," said Obaid Qazi, a junior DISC major. If we are in the Persian Gulf for peace keeping purposes then why was a civilian plane shot down, and who was responsbile for it? "The crew must take some blame. The idea that modern day radar cannot distinguish between an A300 airbus and a F- 14 fighter is ridiculous," said freshman engineer ing major Mehdi Mir. However, others disagreed, "No, the crew should not be blamed for the tragedy," said Fernando Villareal, a freshman business major. Seeing that the U.S.S. Vincennes' Aegis system (a $600 million intelligence and weapons system) and that the the personnel using it were all highly trained in how to use it, and that they all concluded that it was a sixty-two foot F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, not the one hundred and seventy-seven foot Iran Air Airbus A300 passenger plane that it really was, the question arises as to how this disaster could have been avoided. "This type of incident could be avoided by having more communication between international planes anc vessels," said freshmar accounting major Ciss} Reeves. However, Mil responded by saying "There is no sure way tc avoid this ... all uniden tifiable aircraft are pos sible enemies." ► Hyde Khan Yeah ... We Got it Pictured opposite, is the U.S.S. San Jacinto of the Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser class, the same class vessel as the U.S.S. Vincennes which shot down an Ira- nian passenger jet shortly after it took off from Bandar Abbas, Iran. The incident occured within moments of a speed boat attack on the ship, in which several of the craft were destroyed by the Vincennes. According to video tapes taken at the time of the action, the commander, operating on erroneous information, ordered missies armed and launched. According to Pentagon officials the commander actually waited longer than he should have to fire the missiles. The aircraft's radar signature had indicated that the jet was an F-14 Tomcat fighter that was attacking the ship . . . what had happened was discovered when the second missile struck the doomed aircraft. Any loss of life is regretful, said one White House spokesman, but the blame should be shouldered equally by Iran and the U.S. "Should we pay restitution to Iran for the loss of life?" This question, along with should we have been there?, was repeated by news an chors and people on th< streets. President Reagan, while expressing his sorrow at the loss of in nocent life, said th» commander was correc to protect his ship, and had done what was nee essary to protect hi \ crew. Earlier in the year th; U.S.S. Stark, a ship cf the Aegis class had beei i badly damaged and t number of sailors lost their lives because th? commander had not fired when he had th? opportunity. The al- tacker in the previous incident had been Iraq, a nation supposedly an ally to the U.S. ► Allen Manning 282 ■ Issues