"Major General Qassem Soleimani at the International Day of Mosque" by Erfan Kouchari / CC BY 4.0

Holy War: Conservatives Celebrate After Trump Assassinates Iran’s Soleimani

Jan 6, 2020

By Michael Stone

Onward Christian Soldiers: Conservatives celebrate after the Trump-ordered assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general and the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the foreign arm of Iran’s military force.

CNN reports:

A US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump on a Baghdad airport has killed a top Iranian commander in a major escalation in regional tensions that have pitted Tehran against Washington and its allies in the Middle East.

The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed a strike killed Qasem Soleimani, who as head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force became the architect of Tehran’s proxy conflicts in the Middle East. The strike was carried out with a drone, a US defense official told CNN.

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12 comments on “Holy War: Conservatives Celebrate After Trump Assassinates Iran’s Soleimani

  • “Bottom line: Conservatives celebrate a prelude to Holy War after the Trump-ordered assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani.”

    I think now would be a good time to (re)read Daniel Ellsberg’s book The Doomsday Machine.  On page 13, Ellsberg wrote:
     
    “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump was reported to have asked a foreign policy advisor, about nuclear weapons, ‘If we have them, why can’t we use them?’  Correct answer:  We do.  contrary to the cliché that ‘no nuclear weapons have been used since Hiroshima and Nagasaki,’ U.S. presidents have used our nuclear weapons dozens of times in ‘crises,’ mostly in secret from the American public (though not from adversaries).  They have used them in the precise way that a gun is used when it is pointed at someone in a confrontation, whether or not the trigger is pulled.  To get one’s way without pulling the trigger is a major purpose for owning the gun…”

    Unfortunately, when a gun is pointed the trigger is, too often, pulled.  Here, I don’t need to dwell on the immediate loss of human life or the irreparable damage to the environment which is likely to kill the rest of us in short order.  Given Trump’s impeachment, his penchant to act impulsively, and the fact that he’s being egged on by his evangelical supporters, I think Ellsberg’s warning about the dangers of a nuclear war, that he lays out graphically in his book, are to be taken very seriously.


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  • Several disturbing factors come together. Israeli and Zionist pressure to eliminate Iran. Saudi pressure to eliminate Iran. American Evangelical and other fundamentalist Christian pressure to eliminate Iran and a general American ignorance of all aspects of Iran and its relationship and status relative to other countries and groups in the Middle East.

    I doubt if Trump could even find it on the map unaided.


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  • michael #1

    Here, I don’t need to dwell on the immediate loss of human life or the irreparable damage to the environment which is likely to kill the rest of us in short order.

    or as jane fonda put it …

    “The climate movement and the peace movement must be one movement,” Fonda said, describing the US Department of Defense as the biggest institutional user of fossil fuels in the world.“Young people should know that all of the wars fought since you were born have been about oil,” she said. “It’s always been about oil, and it’s killing people in the Middle East, and oil is killing us here, killing our climate, fires in Australia, we have to stop. We can’t any more lose lives, kill people and ruin the environment because of oil and fossil fuels.”



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  • laurie b

    odd that the most deaths in iran so far in this mess

    have been self inflicted by manic muslim mourners

    like the feedback loop “fire breathing dragon” fires in australia?


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  • Q

    that islam is perverse?

    Aren’t they all?

    The funeral traditions of other cultures are always disgusting. They think ours are disgusting. I think theirs are but they can’t help it any more than we can. When we have funerals with two traditions participating it doesn’t always go well but we do the best we can. That hasn’t gone well for me in the past.

    Setting aside religion and politics I’m just sad that one life lost led to many more. Sometimes I envy those other traditions and their shrieking, roaring outpouring of grief. My tradition requires a stiff upper lip. I’ve become talented at facing emotional annihilation without a single tear.

    Who’s the perverse one now?


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  • It would appear that General Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission to take a message to the Iraqi Prime Minister at the time he and his entourage were killed by the drone strike.

    I think we might hear more of this, despite whimpering and bravado from Trumpoids!


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  • Pompeo has been lying through his teeth that Suleimani represented an imminent threat without providing any evidence of the same. Trump is now cacking himself seeing as there’s been so much backlash and has backed down already after the Iranian strike at US bases in Iraq. Not really a strike, it was clearly designed to not actually hit anyone. Trump’s rambling and incoherent press statement was laughable. “Our Missiles Are Big, Powerful, Accurate, Lethal, and Fast.” He omitted “Erect and Throbbing” but I think the picture of his personal insecurities was clear.


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  • I’ve just been watching Pompeo wriggling and squirming in another press interview where he claimed again that Suleimani was planning imminent attacks but then said he didn’t know exactly when or where these were going to be. Maybe he doesn’t understand what imminent means or that if you don’t know when something is going to happen you can’t call it imminent. More likely given other contradictions he kept repeating this entire story is a fabrication. Even Republican congressmen are complaining publicly about the lack of detail given to them in a secure briefing which answered none of the questions they had.

    It is being reported that Suleimani was on a diplomatic mission to Iraq, perhaps with the aim of brokering peace between Iraq and Iran. Is it actually possible that the Trump admin wanted to derail this to maintain tensions in the Middle East and give themselves more war options as the election draws nearer?


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  • The Trump administration’s lies about Suleimani have now unravelled as they always do. CNN reports that in June last year Iran shot down an American drone and both Bolton and Pompeo pressed Trump to assassinate Suleimani. He said he would but only if he killed any Americans. On December 27th Iranian missiles killed several people at a US base in Iraq and this is apparently why the Joint Chiefs gave Trump the option of a strike on Suleimani now. Nothing whatsoever to do with imminent attacks on embassies or anywhere else as confirmed by Defence Secretary Mark Esper who had not been given any such intel.

    Pompeo has shown himself to be a shameless liar like pretty much everyone else in the administration. Even some Republicans are now struggling to hide their lack of trust.


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