Calls For Revenge - and Caution

Despite Iranian threats, reaction to Flight 655's fate is muted

A throng of angry mourners surged through the streets of Tehran, balancing the flag-draped coffins of Iran's latest martyrs above their heads. "Death to America!" "Death to Reagan!" "Revenge, revenge!" they shouted, as the cameras of foreign journalists invited for the occasion focused on close- packed faces distorted by fury and grief.

While U.S. officials struggled to explain how the U.S.S. Vincennes had mistakenly shot down Iran Air Flight 655 with 290 civilians aboard, the mullahs who run Iran sought to make the most of their morbid propaganda windfall. Public memorial services took place in at least four cities. At Bandar...

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