On the 3rd July 1988 290 people were killed when the American warship USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civil airliner (Iran Air Flight 655)
This in no way excuses any other similar event. But it is well to remember that these things happen, and that the unusual is often a bit more usual than we would imagine.
Then there are the strikes by the US military against targets which in the past have included an inordinate number of weddings. Just to mention a few,
6th July 2008 Deh Bala Afghanistan. 47 dead.
December 2013. Yeman 14 dead (unmanned drone)
3rd November 2006 Wech Baghtu Afghanistan 37 Civilians killed
It has been claimed that at least eight wedding parties have been bombed by the Americans since 2001
Why is a local Tameside blog covering such weighty international issues? Well one reason is that history tells us that international events have a nasty habit of affecting local matters. In June 1914 my Grandfather living in Ashton probably took no notice of the murder of a foreign nobleman in a place he had never heard of. Twelve months later he was on his way, with hundreds of other Ashtonians, to the trenches in Flanders.
The outside world is there and we ignore it at our peril