Soleimani was not a mastermind of terrorism, as his American detractors allege. He was a mastermind of legitimate resistance against American illegal occupation and state-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East. The defeat of Islamic State and their assorted proxies in Syria and Iraq exposed the dirty war that the U.S. had orchestrated and its shambolic, hypocritical claims about "fighting terrorism."
In a mark of respect, Russia's Ministry of Defense paid homage to General Soleimani for his contribution to defeating terror groups in Syria and Iraq.
That is why Soleimani became such a hate-figure for Washington. He had thwarted the American imperialist agenda for subjugating the region according to its strategic desires.
Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are absurdly saying the U.S. doesn't want a war with Iran. Pompeo has even said the White House is "trying to de-escalate tensions" with Tehran.
With cloying disingenuousness, the president said: "I've deep respect for the Iranian people; they are a remarkable people with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential. We do not seek regime change. However, the Iranian regime's aggression in the region, including the use of proxy fighters to destabilize its neighbors, must end and it must end now."
Iranian regime's aggression? This from a U.S. regime that is simultaneously bombing several countries, has tens of thousand of troops in the region, uses strangulating economic sanctions/warfare, rips up international arms control agreements, and has the blood of millions on its hands.
Hawkish former National Security Adviser John Bolton congratulated Trump over the assassination of Soleimani as the first step towards regime change.
Another hawkish acolyte Senator Lindsey Graham helped formulate the logic of war escalation, by stating: "If Iran continues to attack America and our allies, they should pay the heaviest of prices, which includes the destruction of their oil refineries."
The U.S. under Donald Trump is caught up fatally in its own delusions and web of propaganda lies. A nation whose leader celebrates murder while attending an ecstatic church meeting is a nation that is doomed.
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