At all levels of management, from running a small workshop to leading and running a large system such as a government or country, human error is the most likely behavior that can cause problems. But in what system are we talking about it? Is it at all possible to assess “human error” in the destructive nature of Islamic Republic?
A system whose management is not subject to any managerial definition in micro or macro level, and since its inception, all its actions have been based solely on the ideology and the “Supreme Leader’s” propaganda expansion.
What role do you think human error plays in such a system? Imagine for a second you were at a party. A parent makes a mistake, the easiest solution for him/her would be to blame it on the child and shrug it off. In the Islamic Republic, too, there are always individual(s) who are always “responsible” for the “human error” incidents. Human error is the easiest and least possible cause to be investigated for a disaster. The humans that could never be seen, and no action is taken to hold them accountable for their mistakes, because it is not clear at all whether the individuals in question were the perpetrators, following orders or victims of mismanagement.
41 years since the emergence of one of the most corrupt and criminal government systems of the last century and in the shadow of the global village and cyberspace, for some time now, any suspicious event in the Islamic Republic (death of various people both within the government and society) is covered up as a human error. Because basically the Islamic Republic has never considered itself obliged to answer for its mistakes (if a mistake has been made). Thus, all this nonsense leading to a disaster or elimination projects joins history as a human error, a category that rarely occurs in other countries (otherwise it wouldn’t be known as human error) but in the Islamic Republic has become a proven practice and is moving forward full speed while taking many lives!
There are so many cases of this normal practice in the history of Islamic Republic that it is beyond the scope of this article, but the author tries to pay tribute to the lives of human beings who are worthless for the regime. In this however small effort, we cannot ignore the deaths of senior Air Force commanders after the Iran-Iraq War.
On the morning of August 6, 1987, Abbas Babaei, who had 60 successful combat missions under his belt, flew an F-5 aircraft from Tabriz Air Base into Iraq airspace for identification and investigative purposes. Returning from the mission, in Sardasht operational area, his aircraft was fired upon by an Iranian 23-mm Shilka anti-aircraft weapons system, and Babaei was killed.
2General Mansour Sattari
On January 5, 1995, near Isfahan Airport, Brigadier General Mansour Sattari, Commander of the Air Force, along with senior Air Force officers, Yassini (Deputy Coordinator and Chief of Staff), Mostafa Ardestani (Deputy Chief of Operations), Ahmad Shojaei (Commander of Operations Engineering), Sharifi Adjutant of the Air Force and eight other senior Air Force officers were killed in an incident, which has been described as a plane crash, a technical failure and even a pilot’s stroke.
The planes carrying Valiullah Fallahi, Yousef Kolahdooz, Mohammad Jahanara, Fakuri, Seyed Musa Namjoo, Ardestani and Shojaei are just a few plane crashes which their causes are still unknown.
At 6:25 PM on Wednesday, February 19, 2003, an IRGC Ilyushin 76 aircraft, with 18 crew and 258 members of the 41st Tharollah Division crashed at Sirch mountain range while the pilot had reported seeing the airport flying over the city of Kerman.
4December 6, 2005
On Tuesday, December 6, 2005, a C-130 military plane carrying 68 members of the media, and 26 crew and military personnel aboard, flying from Tehran to Bandar Abbas and then Chabahar to cover a military maneuver crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all onboard and at least 34 people on the ground when it smashed into a 10-storey apartment building in Tehran, death toll reaching 128! The plane took off after five hours delay because the main pilot refused to fly. He cautioned about a possibility of a technical defect. Another pilot took his place and a human catastrophe occurred. Of course, it is worth mentioning that in all these tragic events, the pilot is longer there to be responsible for his “human error”!
Neyshabur freight train exploded on February 18, 2004, killing more than 350 people and injuring 450 others. The blast was so severe that a deep pit appeared at the scene, many people died of fire. Several villages were destroyed between 30 and 100 percent, including Karimabad and Hashemabad Dehnu which suffered 90 to 100 percent damage. The freight train, which had stopped for about 36 hours at Abu Muslim Station, 40 km from the scene, started moving at once without the conductor, moving up to the next two stations without any obstacles, finally collided with a locomotive and ignited due to flammable materials. The wagons were placed on a dead end path and were said to contain four main materials: cotton, sulfur, naphtha (airplane fuel) and ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Of course, the cargo inside the wagons is still in a state of ambiguity. The firefighters extinguished the fire using water and as everybody initially thought the fire was contained, many people gathered around the scene, but within seconds the train exploded again due to the fumes from the first fire! After a while, the cause of this tragic accident was announced as a “human error”, technical problems such as not applying the brakes properly, lack of close supervision by the train chief, and steep and non-standard slope of the tracks.
Another human error in the Islamic Republic is the Sanchi shipwreck, an Iranian oil tanker with Panamanian flag. On the evening of Saturday, January 6, 2018, Chinese media reported that an Iranian tanker and a Chinese cargo ship had collided in the East China Sea. Preliminary reports indicated a large explosion and fire in the Iranian oil tanker. About a week after the accident and the burning of the Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi sank, and officials confirmed the deaths of 32 onboard. The Chinese bulk carrier left the scene with less serious damage and all its crew were rescued. Of the 32, two were Bangladeshis and the rest Iranians. An accident that, like all previous incidents, was not explained. But according to Reuters, the 2 vessels’ transponders did not send a signal for 48 hours before the crash, so their exact route is not clear. A suspicious incident in which only 3 bodies were found, and so far no one has any answer for the families of the others!
And finally, the flight PS752 of Ukrainian airlines, which with 176 onboard was targeted by two IRGC missiles shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 8, 2020 at 6:19 AM. The missiles were fired within 24 seconds from IRGC’s TOR air defense system killing all onboard. The tragedy that has made Iranians more and more familiar with the concept of human error in the regime and has left many unanswered questions, such as why the second missile was fired and why the airspace was not closed in the event of a possible war.
And now, 4 months later: The destruction of the Konarak support vessel on May 10, 2020! It was due to a friendly fire from Jamaran warship during a so-called naval exercise, which led to 19 sailors to die and 15 were injured. An unannounced maneuver and a catastrophe that three days later, there are many scenarios about it on social media.
All the incidents mentioned above are a short list of suspicious events during the 41 years ruling of Islamic Republic over Iran, with no obligation to answer for these incidents and no attempt at comforting the victims’ families in any way. The regime has crossed the borders of human error and is using this excuse to explain whatever happens! The perpetrators of the “errors” are not clear, or if, for example, in a case it has been reported, at most he has stepped down from his post and received a higher salary several years later in a higher position, and has imposed a more catastrophic incident on the society.
What is clear is that the more time passes, a tragedy called Islamic Republic would lead Iran to catastrophe. It is the duty of each and every one of us Iranians to use the help of cyberspace and global communication and not allow the Islamic Republic’s “human errors” be forgotten.
Translation of this article by Mira Irani