Iran’s Sureh Film Club has released a new music video entitled, We will Resist to Last Drop of Blood to commemorate the bitter memory of shooting down of Iran’s commercial Flight 655, an Airbus A300, by the crew of USS Vincennes in air on July 3, 1988 – killing all the 290 people aboard (watch video below).
On August 25, 2016, BBC’s Jews called the video as Iran’s anti-US revenge fantasy – while changing the title of video to, We are standing to last drop of blood.
The 7-minutes video is a sequel to We Resist, a music video made by a group of young artists at Sureh Film Club in 2014, Art Bureau Director Mohsen Momeni-Sharif said during a ceremony held by the center to premiere We Resist to Last Drop of Blood.
On July 3, 1988, as the Iran-Iraq War was approaching its conclusion, the USS Vincennes, a US Navy Ticonderoga class cruiser, was in the Strait of Hormuz as part of a mission to spy on Iranian military movements for its Iraqi ally Saddam Hussein.
Washington claimed that the crew detected a plane that was transmitting signals which identified it as a military aircraft and that it was rapidly descending towards their ship; these signals resulted in the crew mistaking the large Airbus A300 for a much smaller F-14 Tomcat (see photo on left), one of a handful of warplanes still remaining in Iran’s arsenal from the days of the blood-soaked US-backed regime of the Shah.
President Ronald Reagan, in a statement released shortly after the attack, called the shooting down of Flight 655 by the crew of the Vincennes a proper defensive action. Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, justified the downing of the passenger plane, saying that commanders on the ship had sufficient reasons to believe their units were in jeopardy and they fired in self-defense.
On July 19, 2014, Niles Williamson posted an article entitled, The Day the US shot down Iran Airline 655 at WSWS.Org saying: The US government’s initial claims about the circumstances surrounding the attack were eventually revealed to be false. Flight 655 was transmitting signals which clearly identified it as civilian and rather than descending as if to attack was ascending away from the Vincennes. Electronic records from the ship showed that this is exactly what the crew just prior to the attack detected. The Pentagon eventually blamed human error as the ultimate cause of the attack and no one on board the ship or elsewhere in the US Navy was ever disciplined. The commanding officer of the Vincennes during the deadly attack, William C. Rogers, III, was awarded the Legion of Merit for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements” in 1990. The US government went as far as to claim that the 18-man bridge crew experienced “scenario fulfillment,” a collective psychological condition that led them to shoot down the civilian aircraft.
The shooting down of the Iranian jetliner was a deliberate action taken by the US military to terrorize the Iranian government into acceding to terms more favorable to Iraq in the ongoing talks to bring an end to the Iran-Iraq War. It is noteworthy that just 17 days after the destruction of Iran Air Flight 655, Ayatollah Khomeini publicly accepted a UN-brokered deal that he had previously opposed, Williamson added.
Despite eventually agreeing in 1996 to a $61.8 million compensation payout to the families of the Iranian victims, Washington has never admitted responsibility for the murderous attack or officially apologized to Tehran for the incident.
Contrary to that Washington has no balls to demand compensations from Tel Aviv for attacking USS Liberty (1967), and USS Cole (2000).