I’m not so sure the shoot-down was ordered by the regime. International condemnation would be sure to follow, as it indeed has. I think it’s reasonable to think that a trigger-happy air defence unit fcuked up, plain and simple. Just like the Vincennes crew did.I think they found it to be a marvellous opportunity to cause a diplomatic incident accusing a "westerner" official of spying.
It takes away from the fact that they organised the murder of 176 people in order to justify their anti-western stance.
It’s not been a great week or so for them. Lost a top general, did a mouse fart in response, shot down a plane full of dual-national Iranians, denied it, forced to backtrack and admit guilt, and then arrested a senior Ambo in error/ignorance. Not to mention internal protests against the regime.