The watchword in Washington should be “hypocrisy is us.” Both sides could open a store in one aisle could be quotes and sound bites by the Democrats and another by the Republicans. Then we could have separate aisles from members who consider themselves conservatives, progressives, liberals, libertarians and the list goes on.

But what galls me is that when the people take to the streets against a totalitarian regime such as run by the mullahs in Iran, the left is strangely quiet? After the shoot down of the Ukrainian airliner, when the protests turned from anti-American to anti-regime, they said nothing.

It is almost as if it is o.k. for Iran to be, by far, the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. And, be governed by a regime that has pursued policies that have left its economy strangled and a pariah in the world, unless of course you live in one of those wonderfully free and open societies governed from Moscow and Beijing. Or, in Myanmar or many African countries.

The point is this, when protests break out against totalitarian regimes, no matter how they started, we should be cheering and supporting them, not ignoring them. Which brings this post to the shoot down of the Ukrainian airliner that killed 176 people.

Some accept Iran’s the apology that it was “human error.” No kidding! If that is Iran’s excuse, the country is telling the world that near a major international airport, Iran’s national command structure does not have firm control of its surface-to-air missiles.

The shooters were not some yahoos with shoulder mounted missiles. Tor is a sophisticated designed to shoot down cruise missiles and is normally deployed in batteries of four, self-contained launchers, each with their own radar. It is operated by a crew of four.

To shoot fire a missile, one, the target has to be detected by its radar or infrared tracking system. Two, to avoid shooting down a friendly or neutral aircraft, one uses technology known as IFF – identification, friend or foe – to determine whether the aircraft is an enemy, friendly or neutral.

Three, the aircraft has to be tracked by a search radar. Four, the missiles turned and then five, someone has to pull the trigger. In this case, twice because two missiles were fired.

Granted, all five steps can take place in a matter of seconds. I find it hard to believe that missile system crew weren’t aware that neutral airliners were taking off from nearby Tehran’s international airport because they’d been doing so for years. So, whomever fired the missile, did so deliberately. The question in my mind was it the missile crew who decided to fire the missiles or someone higher in the chain of command who authorized the shoot.

Here in the U.S., the leaders of the Democratic party and their allies on the left were strangely quiet. There was no righteous condemnation of the killing of 173 innocent people, many of whom were Canadian citizens. Rather, they preferred to condemn the killing of an Iranian general who had a hand in killing hundreds, if not thousands of American men and women. Therein lies the hypocrisy.

Qasem Suleimani was a general in an army at war. He was the commander of the Iranian National Guards Corps and the Quds Force and made himself a target the moment he put on his uniform. The fact he was arrogant enough to think that he could drive around the streets of Bagdad without risk was, in my mind, stupid. He’d been on the Israeli and U.S. target list for months and he got what he deserved.