[January 4, 2020] Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has been killed in a targeted strike by the U.S. military. Good riddance! No matter who you are in the world, it cannot be denied that this man was evil and deserved to die. For those who are wishy-washy about the proactive U.S. attack, it would be best to study this man before you embarrass yourself and make uninformed comments.
I’m labeling today’s article as an opinion because I have an extreme bias against terrorism and General Soleimani specifically. Eight of my friends died because of specialized IEDs designed, built, paid for, and smuggled into Iraq to kill Americans.1 It was General Soleimani who set up the network to make this happen. He was a senior official in the Iranian government and thus the blood on his hands also stains the religious leaders of the terror state of Iran.
Politicians, who oppose U.S. President Donald Trump on this issue, should show some courage and not openly denounce this killing. The “assassination” of General Soleimani (and that is what it is) was a bold move that shows that Trump’s red line against harming Americans is real. The conventional wisdom that Trump is a “Twitter tiger” is mute.
General Soleimani’s death is a significant blow to Iran in its war against Western nations and America. Acting as a defensive move, such targeted action is often fraught with known but also unknowable risks. Iran’s response must be quick and robust or they will appear to be weak. We can expect an attack on soft targets (e.g., innocent civilians) and they might not be American. That is the traditional methodology of terrorists; attacking the unarmed people, the young and old, to sow terror.
The death of General Soleimani was great news for me. I don’t harbor any childlike thoughts that the man was doing something good for Iran. There is a cost to all Iranians who will pay for Soleimani’s campaign of terror; they are paying for it today and will continue to pay as long as the United States’ leadership stands firm.
U.S. Presidents Bush and Obama had the opportunity to kill Soleimani, and they chose otherwise. Their failure to recognize evil was a colossal blunder and their appeasement policies did not work.2 That is a lesson from history that too many have failed to learn.
- These Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) are IEDs used against armored vehicles. S. military officials in early 2007 charged that the highest levels of the Iranian leadership ordered Shiite militants in Iraq armed with this sophisticated armor-piercing bomb. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-sees-new-weapon-in-iraq-iranian-efps/