Tensions growing over Iran - This is a time for calm leadership

Tensions growing over Iran - This is a time for calm leadership

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 was shot down “unintentionally” by Iran on Wednesday shortly aftertake-off.

Hours earlier, Iran fired missiles at two air bases used by American forces in Iraq.

All 176 people on board flight PS752 were lost but the incident has the capacity to claim many, many more lives before a conclusion is reached.

Protests in Tehran must add to those fears. Wednesday attack is just one domino falling in a series of tit-for-tat responses after America assassinated General Qassem Suleimani.

It may be attractive to pretend that move has nothing to do with the fact that President Donald Trump has an election to win in the coming months but that is impossible.

That he, probably from the security of a golf resort, tweeted support for brave Iranian protesters adds to those fears.

Neither is it possible to dismiss the argument that the British government is using the crisis to re-establish some sort of international presence after their Brexit fiasco and that this faraway adventure offers that opportunity.

The plot lines in this adventure are all too familiar, even if Iran has overreached, strategically, militarily and politically. Its population faces tremendous challenges and is vulnerable to further exploitation.

America has, without question, contributed to an atmosphere where a disaster like this was inevitable. Both sets of leaders, in Washington and Tehran, must show restraint if a new catastrophe is to be avoided.

More on this topic

Cork-based cybersecurity firm warn of 300% increase in cyber attacks from Iran Cork-based cybersecurity firm warn of 300% increase in cyber attacks from Iran

Letter to the Editor: Murder is still murder when committed by a droneLetter to the Editor: Murder is still murder when committed by a drone

Carl Bildt: It suits US and Iranian domestic interests to have enemy abroadCarl Bildt: It suits US and Iranian domestic interests to have enemy abroad

Bodies of Ukrainians killed in Iran plane crash repatriatedBodies of Ukrainians killed in Iran plane crash repatriated

More in this Section

David Davin-Power: McDonald plans for a parallel realityDavid Davin-Power: McDonald plans for a parallel reality

Gerard Howlin: Election likely to signal end of dominance by big two partiesGerard Howlin: Election likely to signal end of dominance by big two parties

Mick Clifford Podcast: Who is most likely to make up the next government?Mick Clifford Podcast: Who is most likely to make up the next government?

Letter to the Editor: Climate action must be a priority for new DáilLetter to the Editor: Climate action must be a priority for new Dáil


Lifestyle

The duo are hosting a new Netflix competition show, putting designers through their paces.Next In Fashion: Why Alexa Chung and Tan France are style icons

Fresh water no filter: #instagood.The 10 most Instagrammed lakes in the world

A stay at tranquil hideaway The Residence is an indulgent way to unwind, rest and recuperate, says Sophie Goodall.Why this luxurious Turkish resort is the ultimate sanctuary for wellness and relaxation

The benefits of cutting down on booze can last way beyond the new year. Lauren Taylor finds out more about strategies to help make the change stick.Beyond Dry January: Is it time to reassess our relationship with alcohol in the longer term?

More From The Irish Examiner