Iran shooting down a civilian airliner originating from Iran carrying Iranians is a tragedy but it isn’t the fault of the United States.
If a woman breaks up with her abusive boyfriend and he, distraught from the emotional heartache, drives drunk and kills a family driving, she bears no responsibility for the tragedy.
It may be true that if the woman stayed with her abusive boyfriend the crash wouldn’t have happened but the cause of the crash is the drunk-driving boyfriend, not the girlfriend who left him.
There is a tendency for people to trace causal chains, real or imagined, until they find a cause they want to blame.
The 2008 financial crisis would not have happened if :
- Mortgagees paid their mortgages.
- Banks didn’t lend to people with bad credit.
- The government didn’t incentivize subprime lending.
Who you blame for the crisis depends on who you are. Democrats rightly blame banks for pursuing short-term profits over the long-term well-being of the market.
Republicans rightly blame government encouraging reckless lending from guaranteeing mortgage-backed securities and HUD regulations threatening lenders for perceived racial disparities in loaning.
Who is to blame? Everyone? No one? It’s complex. But what isn’t complex is Iran shooting down an airliner because of their incompetence.
The start of all causation is God creating the universe; that doesn’t mean we can blame Him for all our shortcomings. Iran killed those people and it is their fault, not ours.Published in