The mystery of the Malaysian Boeing 777-200 aircraft that went missing less than one hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur last weekend has generated widespread speculation all over the media, with the plane’s sudden disappearance from the radar being linked to everything from a mechanical disaster to a preplanned terrorist hijacking.
At the beginning, suspicion was raised against Iran, due to the finding that two Iranians boarded the plane with fake passports.
Despite the fact that Malaysian authorities candidly viewed that the Iranians were immigrants, and not terrorists, Iran joined the media furor over the disappearance, quick to point fingers at the US, showing that even as nuclear talks with world powers continue in Vienna, mistrust still reigns between Washington and Tehran.
Iranian Parliamentarian and foreign policy committee spokesman Hossein Naghavi put forward his own solution to the mystery last week, suggesting the US had “kidnapped” Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in an effort to… you guessed it, “sabotage the relationship between Iran and China and Southeast Asia,” according to Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times.
Naghavi, who was described by Erdbrink as an “influential” lawmaker, said Washington had “plotted” to plant two Iranian travelers with stolen passports on board the ill-fated flight.
“Documents published by the Western media about two Iranians getting on the plane without passports is psychological warfare. Americans recruit some people for such kinds of operations so they can throw the blame on other countries, especially Muslim countries,” he said.
Naghavi neglected addressing the reasons why Iranians might travel through South East Asia to get to Western countries on stolen passports, nor the possible effects this phenomenon might have on Iran’s aforementioned relationship with these states.
We reported in a previous post that one of the factors overshadowing the talks in Vienna was the lack of trust between the parties, particularly between the US and Iran. Erdrink’s article, based on comments which appeared in a report by the regime-affiliated Tasnim News Agency, shows that even as the parties try to build up on the interim deal already made in November, world affairs – from the Crimea crisis to the missing jetliner – quickly bring the distrust and divisions between the parties to the surface. For Iran, they clearly also serve as convenient opportunities to attack and malign the West.