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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now blaming U.S. “escalation” in the Middle East for the death of 57 Canadians, who were killed when Iranian forces shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176 on board.

Trudeau said the Canadians killed would be “home with their families” right now if tensions in the Middle East had not risen because of U.S. actions.

“I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau said in an interview with Global television.

“This is something that happens when you have conflict and war. Innocents bear the brunt of it and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involve further conflict and killing,” he said.

Trudeau also said the international community has been “very, very clear about needing to have a non-nuclear Iran,” but added that it needs to continue “managing the tensions in the region that are brought about by U.S. actions as well.”

President Trump this month ordered U.S. forces to take out terrorist and Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani after Iran fired missiles into Baghdad, killing an American. In response, Iran fired more missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military bases. In the chaos, Iranian forces shot down the Ukranian plane, which they at first denied but then acknowledged they had “unintentionally” downed the plane.

Trudeau’s comments mirror those of Iran, which blamed the death of those killed by the Iranian surface-to-air missile on “U.S. adventurism” that prompted both countries’ militaries to go on high alert.

In the interview, Trudeau said he had spoken with Trump about the incident.

“I have spoken to him and I have talked about the need to de-escalate tensions,” he said. “I’ve talked about the tremendous grief and loss that Canadians are feeling, and the need for clear answers on how this happened and how we’re going to make sure it never happens again.”

Trump has no made no comment on talking with Trudeau.

The two have a rocky relationship. Last month, Trump called the Canadian prime minister “two-faced” after Trudeau and other foreign leaders were seen on video ridiculing Trump at a NATO summit near London.

Meanwhile in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called the shooting down of the Ukrainian plane an “unforgivable error” and pledged to punish those responsible.

Rouhani added that “one person cannot be solely responsible for the plane crash” and said the country is in the midst of a full investigation. After Iranians protested against the government, Rouhani said his government is “accountable to Iranians and other nations who lost lives.”

“For our people it is very important in this incident that whoever was at fault or negligent at any level” is prosecuted, he said. “Anyone who should be punished must be punished. Iranian armed forces admitting their mistake is a good first step … We should assure people that it will not happen again.”

An Iranian judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said there have been arrests. “Clearly, as President Rouhani has said, Iran made a terrible mistake. It is good they have apologized.”

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16 Comments
  • frederick says:

    The problem with Trudeau is silver spoon syndrome. He was too young and inexperienced to be elected PM but was pushed ahead because of his family. Typical story of “enlightened” people who have no comprehension of how the world really works. Take a look at Betto Orouk The candidate who was “born to be President”. ( I know I misspelled his name but he is not important enough for me to look the correct spelling up. The point being; all of us should step back and do our own due diligence on these issues instead of rolling over to accept the opinions of others. Especially, when these others seem to make so many mistakes and false statements.

  • Fred Sheehan says:

    Minister Justin Trudeau, how many thousands of years would you like to go back to to determine the cause of this horrible event? You might discover a singular root cause.

  • Harry says:

    Trudeau, your an idiot stupid moron im sorry for the loss of lives but these Irans are not, they knew what they were doing, get a bloody life you impudent, liberal arse hole. you’re the reason that Canada is in a mess you and your stupid gay rights that really you must be one of them. it is insane that gay have the rights over normal God-fearing people you are the worst pressi Canada has ever had why they voted you in well they got what they didn’t want a half-woman as pressi an idiot with no idea of right or wrong. Trump had to do what he did and i thank God he did Iran has to be beaten and we have to support what is right and the people of iran suddenly understand that their government like your is a lying corrupt institution. that is why they are protesting and we need to support them and thank them.

  • Wilson says:

    Always figured Trudeau was a BEAR.

  • GEORGE EADY says:

    HE IS A DEMCO-RATE (JACKASS ) NO DOUGHT

  • Pat says:

    What a weak leader

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