Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 07:30:22 PM EST
Trump created a hero for the Muslim Shia community - a legend is born.
Assassination elevates Soleimani as icon of resistance | France24 |
Portraits of Qasem Soleimani have been carried aloft in rallies from Gaza to Yemen, raising the prospect that his violent death will elevate him as an icon of anti-American resistance.
The powerful Iranian commander, who was buried on Wednesday, was hailed as a "living martyr" in the Islamic republic for his military and strategic exploits that included halting the Islamic State group as it rampaged across Iraq and Syria.
Soleimani spearheaded Iran's Middle East operations as head of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, masterminding Shiite proxy militias, and some Sunni allies, in a career that saw President Donald Trump brand him a "monster".
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After his assassination at the age of 62, in a US drone strike in Baghdad, some observers say his martyr status will grow, rendering him a figurehead for the disparate pro-Iranian groups that he guided and fostered.
"The shock factor isn't so much that Soleimani has died -- he was after all in many battles -- but the way the US president has taken ownership of this will create that type of zeal and drive and commitment across the Middle East," said Ellie Geranmayeh from the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Soleimani was a polarising figure, even within his own country, and pro-Iranian forces have their own agendas and strategies, but the dramatic nature of his death could serve as a unifying force.
Soleimani: The `Muslim Che Guevara' dies, but revolutionary culture continues | PressTV - Iran |
"A people without hate cannot triumph over a brutal enemy." - Che Guevara
The assassination on Iraqi soil of Iran's Qassem Soleimani will produce many things, and global resentment and hatred for Washington is undoubtedly already one of them.
Around the world the assessment is the same: Washington has committed an act of war. In their bloodlust to reverse Iran's popular and democratic revolution - in order to keep feeding their bottomless neo-imperial greed - Washington has electroshocked the world into remembering its brutal immorality: one remembers the pain of doctor's needle with more clarity than the pain of a week-long illness, after all.
There will be so many ramifications to this cowardly, illegal, inhuman act - which so nakedly aims to be of profit solely to the US elite and not the average American - that we should take time to historically assess the true legacy of Soleimani: he is the Muslim Che Guevara.
He is not merely the "Iranian Che Guevara" because that makes no sense given Che's ideals: Just like the Argentinian, Soleimani spent many years of his life fighting US imperialism in many countries and ultimately died in a foreign land out of his certainty in the reality of international brotherhood.
"The Kings is Dead ... Long Live the King!"
It's not how the Empire judges a rebel, it's the prerogative of the populace how they view their "hero". Let historians do the final ruling ... it may take decades or even a century to come to a conclusion. Revolution and counter revolution seem to be part of social evolution. Are we gaining freedom or losing freedom in the perpetual war on terror initiated after 9/11, causing a higher level of deaths each year.
EUROPEAN UNION - KNOWLEDGE - DIPLOMACY - JCPOA TREATY
THREATS - DE-HUMANIZATION OF ENEMY - WAR TO END ALL WARS!
Accusation: Soleimani is responsible for 600 American deaths during the illegal Iraq War started by George Bush with BIG support of U.S. Congress.
[PS Hot head Linsey Graham using the word "cancer" to describe the Republic of Iran. Such verbal assault of dehumanization has always led to bloodshed and genocide. STOP TRUMP! - Oui]
The US on the side of Saddam Hussein in the Iraq-Iran War 1980-1988 - on Iranian side one million deaths and numerous disabled for life due to use of poisonous gas on the battle field - CIA did satellite coverage for targeting. US and Europeans delivered the precursors for chemical
The Gulf War, US Coalition punishes Saddam Hussein for the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 - a regime of sanctions started causing great suffering and civilian deaths.
Gen. Swarzkopf watches Saddam Hussein use his helicopters (a waiver) to slaughter 100,000 Shia Iraqi's in the Southern marshes.
The United States and ally Israel support proxy terror groups since 1979 in a serie of attacks on Iran.
My earlier diary - East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe.
STOP THE BLOODSHED - IN A WAR OF CHOICE THERE ARE NO WINNERS, JUST LOSERS!