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Trump Kills Soleimani -and- Muqtada al-Sadr is Correct

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, January 6, 2020

Maclean’s, a Canadian current affairs/news magazine since 1905, published an article headlined “The U.S. was justified in killing Soleimani—but is it ready for what comes next?

First, let it be known that I am exceedingly glad that Soleimani is dead.
The Twidiot in Chief  is 100% correct when when he tweeted (in part) that “He should have been taken out many years ago!”

Qasem Soleimani, late commander of the terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force

Qasem Soleimani, late commander of the terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force

Even a broken clock is correct twice a day, right?

Look, Soleimani was a terrorist – plain and simple.

Following Soleimani’s death, the United States Department of Defense issued a Press Release on January 2, 2020, which stated in part that,

“Qasem Soleimani [was] the
head of the
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force,
Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

“General Soleimani and his Quds Force
were responsible for the
deaths of hundreds of American and
coalition service members and the
wounding of thousands more.”

The United States was not the only nation which considered Soleimani a terrorist. The Counter Extremism Project writes this of Soleimani:

“The U.S. government, the United Nations, and the European Union have all sanction-designated Soleimani for involvement in either Iran’s nuclear program or the Syrian civil war in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.¹ Furthermore, U.S. Central Command documents declassified in 2015 reveal that Iraqi Shiite militants under Soleimani’s command killed more than 500 U.S. service members in Iraq between 2005 and 2011.² U.S. intelligence has also linked Soleimani to a 2011 assassination attempt of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C.³

“Soleimani was banned from international travel because of his 2007 U.N. designation for his role in Iran’s nuclear program.⁴ Nonetheless, he reportedly flew to Moscow at least three times—in July 2015, April 2016, and February 2017—for meetings with Russian officials. After Soleimani reportedly traveled to Russia for military discussions in April 2016, the U.S. State Department confirmed that U.N. travel sanctions on Soleimani remained in effect despite the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1.⁵

“Soleimani’s influence extended to Syria as well. According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Soleimani oversaw Iran’s military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One Free Syrian Army commander told the Wall Street Journal in 2013 that Soleimani was “running Syria. [President] Bashar [al-Assad] is just his mayor.”⁷ During the October 2016 funeral of IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, Soleimani justified Iran’s role in Syria as repayment for Syria’s support during the Iran-Iraq War. He further argued that it was in Iran’s interests to intervene on Assad’s behalf.”⁸

¹ “Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 611/2011 of 23 June 2011 Implementing Regulations (EU) No 442/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures in View of the Situation in Syria,” Official Journal of the European Union, June 24, 2011, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:164:0001:0003:EN:PDF;
“Treasury Targets Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 11, 2011,
“Designation of Five Individuals Pursuant to Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, “Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 17, 2011, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-17/html/2011-26775.htm;
“Security Council Toughens Sanctions Against Iran, Adds Arms Embargo, With Unanimous Adoption of Resolution 1747 (2007), United Nations, March 24, 2007, http://www.un.org/press/en/2007/sc8980.doc.htm;
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, “General Qasem Soleimani: Iran’s Rising Star,” BBC News, March 6, 2015, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27883162.
² Rowan Scarborough, “Iran responsible for deaths of 500 American service members in Iraq,” Washington Times, September 13, 2015, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/13/iran-responsible-for-deaths-of-500-us-service-memb/.
³ “Treasury Targets Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, October 11, 2011, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1320.aspx.
“Security Council Toughens Sanctions Against Iran, Adds Arms Embargo, With Unanimous Adoption of Resolution 1747 (2007), United Nations, March 24, 2007, http://www.un.org/press/en/2007/sc8980.doc.htm.
Lucas Tomlinson, “EXCLUSIVE: Shadowy Iranian general visits Moscow, violating sanctions,” Fox News, February 15, 2017, http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/15/exclusive-shadowy-iranian-general-visits-moscow-violating-sanctions.html;Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson, “Exclusive: Quds Force commander Soleimani visited Moscow, met Russian leaders in defiance of sanctions,” Fox News, August 6, 2015, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/06/exclusive-quds-force-commander-soleimani-visited-moscow-met-russian-leaders-in.html.
Lidia Kelly and Parisa Hafezi, “Iran’s Soleimani in Russia for talks on Syria, missiles: sources,” Reuters, April 15, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-iran-soleimani-idUSKCN0XC0TR.
Farnaz Fassihi, Jay Solomon, and Sam Dagher, “Iranians Dial Up Presence in Syria,” Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2013, http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323864604579067382861808984.
“Iran’s Soleimani Says Syria War Plays to Iran National Interests,” Asharq Al-Awsat, October 7, 2016, http://english.aawsat.com/2016/10/article55359787/irans-soleimani-says-syria-war-plays-iran-national-interests.

In September 2013, Dexter Filkins wrote a feature article about Soleimani for The New Yorker which was entitled

The Shadow Commander – Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.”

Donald Trump, United States President, official portrait

Donald Trump, United States President, official portrait

The article stated in part that, “Suleimani took command of the Quds Force fifteen years ago, and in that time he has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran’s favor, working as a power broker and as a military force: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and, for most of a decade, directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned Suleimani for his role in supporting the Assad regime, and for abetting terrorism. And yet he has remained mostly invisible to the outside world, even as he runs agents and directs operations.”

“Suleimani is the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today,
and no one’s ever heard of him.”
John Maguire, former C.I.A. officer in Iraq

“…the Revolutionary Guard called the Quds Force… is the sharp instrument of Iranian foreign policy, roughly analogous to a combined C.I.A. and Special Forces; its name comes from the Persian word for Jerusalem, which its fighters have promised to liberate. Since 1979, its goal has been to subvert Iran’s enemies and extend the country’s influence across the Middle East. Shateri had spent much of his career abroad, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq, where the Quds Force helped Shiite militias kill American soldiers.”

Soleimani directly and actively helped Jihadis and radical Islamic terrorists worldwide, and Mehr News Agency, an Iranian news organization, reported that Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shia cleric and militia leader, considered Soleimani’s death not only a terrorist act, but that it was specifically “targeting Jihad and the international revolutionary spirit.”

Muqutada al-Sadr is 100% correct:
Soleimani’s death is a knife in the proverbial chest of the world’s single-most influential terrorist,
and a DIRECT effort to

Muqtada al-Sadr wrote that, “As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I order all mujahideen, especially the Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq.”

Muqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shia cleric & militia leader

Global Terrorism cannot be allowed to proliferate, nor continue.

In large part – indeed, almost exclusively – radical right-wing religious extremists have wrested control of various political organizations the world over, including American democracy, via the Republicans and the so-called “TEA Party” movement in conjunction with Protestant Christian Evangelicals, and a now-subservient “Party of Trump,” which was formerly monikered as the “Grand Old Party,” and bears no resemblance to Republicanism, nor the ideals of liberty and freedom once espoused by Republicans.

Under the guise of “liberty” and “religious freedom,” radical right-wing religious adherents and their clan have continually sought to remake America in the image of their god, and liken it to their private religious faith, in direct contravention of the First Amendment’s “freedom of religion” clause, the “establishment clause,” the spirit of the “no religious test,” and the “equal protection” clauses of the Constitution.

Such efforts are nowhere more visible than in the “Abortion Wars” in which extreme right-wing religious bigots who formerly coalesced around domestic terrorists, then albeit surreptitiously, whereas now, they actively seek the overturn of the precedent-setting SCOTUS case “Roe v Wade” by placing such onerously burdensome and ridiculous restrictions upon abortion clinics and abortionists, to such an extent that the ability of a woman to independently and privately determine whether to terminate a pregnancy has been effectively rendered null and void, thereby forcing (hopefully, which was the intent of the states’ legislatures) a SCOTUS decision to reverse Roe.

I look at it like this:
If you find abortion onerous, and offensive to your sensibilities, religious or otherwise;
1.) Don’t get one, and;
2.) Don’t force your private religious beliefs (regardless how strongly held) upon others by making them conform to your beliefs – or making it difficult for them to exercise their Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms.

Allow others the same freedom you enjoy.

But, back to Soleimani, global terrorism, and bad U.S. foreign policy.

Right-wing extremism has taken the world by storm, and has infected the Middle East, Great Britain, United States, Myanmar, Malaysia, Israel, and numerous other nations. It needn’t be Islamic in nature, and in fact, shows itself as Christian, Islamic, and Jewish. Wherever right-wing radicalism is found, along with it comes government crackdowns, restrictive laws, and state-sponsored acts of violence – such as with forced separations of children from their families, and worse.

The so-called “conservative” political movement killed the “live and let live” ethos long ago. With them, it’s “my way, or the highway” – and has been – for quite some time.

Moreover however, for the past 50+ years, American Foreign Policy has been – and continues to be – an abysmal failure, not just for the cause of liberty and freedom, but poor, and misguided actions of practically every Presidential administration since Richard Nixon has fostered – to one extent, or another, however lesser or greater – anti-American sentiment, and strengthened the resolve of right-wing religious radicals who dream of world domination.

The criticism of Trump is not that he ordered the killing of terrorist Qasem Soleimani, per se, but the way in which he did it.

It’s not as if our nation doesn’t have an elite “Delta Force,” SEAL Team Six, or any other crack commando units under a Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC, or a Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida which both specialize in “Black Ops.”

It’s not as if we don’t have allies which ALL desired seeing Soleimani exterminated, and would relish the thought of some type of involvement in such an exercise.

But, you see, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the European Union are not our allies, nor friends, and they could ~never~ ever be counted upon to be enlisted in such an effort.

Nope, Russia and North Korea are our friends nowadays.

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