LILLEY: Unlike many here, world targets Iran — not Trump — for downing jet

In Iran, they are marching in the streets denouncing their own government over the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

In Washington, there are members of Congress attempting to pass a resolution in support of those protesters.

In Canada, there is an obsession with finding a way to blame Iran shooting down the plane on American President Donald Trump. Bizarrely, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a nod to that school of thought on Monday.

It didn’t go unnoticed in Washington. Of course, that might be because one of the main voices pushing this idea — CBC’s Katie Simpson — went and asked Congressional Republicans what they thought of Trudeau’s comments.

Simpson has been pushing the Trump-is-to-blame idea ever since the plane was blown out of the sky. She’s not alone but she has taken plenty of air time to make the case.

The idea is that since the Americans assassinated Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force and a man responsible for spreading terror, death and destruction throughout the Middle East, that Trump is to blame for the plane being shot down. It’s a line that sits well with Iran’s rulers.