All geopolitical and human cost aside you have to wonder as just how badly Iran has managed the fall out from this.
Their desperate denials re shooting down the plane when they would clearly have known right from the start that it had happened has not gone down well with their own.
What started as a clear act of US aggression has ended up showing the Iranian authorities as bare faced liars to their own people.
And yes Iím sure the western media are bigging up what are probably quite small protests but none the less itís far from a good look. Iím fully expecting the Iranians to wheel out a few sacrificial lambs double quick to try and take the heat off the top brass.