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Anti-ISIS Hero Soleimani Slandered as a "Terrorist" by US

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Anti-Terror Hero Soleimani a "Terrorist"?... US "False-Life Syndrome" Normal Since 2003

Back in 2003 the words "quagmire" and "end game" were on everyone's lips - 17 years later the world has been forcefully reminded that the Western war on Iraq has still not ended.

The globally condemned assassination of Iran's Qassem Soleimani is not part of a "new" war on Iran - it is crucial history in the "old" war on Iraq.

However, fomenting "new war" hysteria with Iran permits the United States to avoid reckoning with the Iraqi proofs of their illegal negligence, hypocrisy and brutality. Looking for a new war with Iran is essentially the lamentable historical continuation of Washington's multi-century policy of, "On to the next tribe of Indian nomads".

But it goes even deeper than that:

No American would deny that the Vietnam War changed the very nature of American democracy. Certainly, the slaying of Soleimani is the most shocking military action in many years, and thus it fundamentally alters and magnifies how the Iraq War is changing the very nature of American democracy, still.

If World War II was a sober affair, with many Americans genuinely believing in the war's ideals of anti-fascism, Vietnam certainly was not. The widespread rejection of this fanatically ideological war - the "domino theory" of the spreading of "sinister" socialism - ultimately only produced a "pop cultural revolution". There was no civic and political revolution because there was no reform of institutions which had proven to lack a democratic mandate.

However, if Vietnam resulted in the average American's open and persistent refusal to believe their government - which was an important historical first for the US - the Iraq War will prove to have been when the average American retained this same correct skepticism but became unable to publicly admit their disbelief.

The Iraq War ushered in a new culture of lying for America, where Americans knew they were peddling total falsehoods, and knew that their listeners knew their claims were falsehoods, but there was a collective agreement to keep spreading these falsehoods anyway.

This is how we get to the point where somebody like Soleimani - who had bravely and unequivocally been an anti-terrorist hero - is publicly accused of being a "terrorist" by American leadership.

Because Washington's goals are so imperialist, so rabidly capitalist and so fueled by feudal realpolitik, instead of acknowledging how Soleimani's leading of the fight against ISIL saved many innocent European and American lives (and even the lives of the mercenary "contractors" from these nations), US Vice-President Mike Pence now absurdly says Soleimani was a part of 9/11. Trump says he is justified to plan bombings of "cultural sites", even though everyone knows he means mosques. Secretary of State Pompeo says the mob hit was "protecting American interests", even though the only Americans truly pleased are also Israeli Zionists.

In the Vietnam era Americans said en masse that they don't believe nonsense like this, but the Iraq War has changed American democracy - now many Americans feel compelled to say they believe it" but they actually don't.

To believe that Americans truly believe the endless lies of their post-2003 governments is to assume that Americans are either deluded or mentally disabled, and neither are true: Americans know they are poorly governed but now feel powerless to resist the injustice of their own leaders.

Therefore, just as they were marched to war in 2003 even though it was clearly based on the lie of WMDs, the Pentagon and US Deep State are hoping they can start a war with Iran based on more preposterous lies, such as the murder of anti-terror hero Soleimani being justified because he was a "terrorist".

They have a lot of help: Republicans, right-wing pundits and liberal "objective" American journalists all dutifully report the fantastic lies of the Bush II, Obama and Trump administrations as though they are - maybe - true. The US claims to have a free press but for 17 years they have rarely dared to question their leaders with the same rigour as in the era of Vietnam. However, all these people are paid with either money or power to say these things - please do not believe that the average American, 44% of whom qualify as low-wage workers, has any incentive to believe in or continue a system which punishes them ever-more mercilessly since the start of the Great Recession.

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Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has (more...)
 

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Saudi and Emirati criminals funded ISIS and Al-Qaeda. These groups used Western arms to cause mayhem in the region. They did for two years making it possible for Iraq to be looted. Even criminal Turkey stole Iraqi and Syrian oil and gas and sold it under market prices to Europe.

Europeans had no problem to purchase stolen oil and gas because it was less expensive than fair market value.

After defeat of ISIS and Al-Qaeda by General Soleimani, Western countries and Russia took credit for it.

Stealing native people's lands and houses are continued. Stealing oil and gas from Iraq and Syria is continued.

West Asia had enough of Russia and Western countries. They have brought nothing but misery and illegal sanctions killing millions of people especially children, elderly and ill people.

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This is nothing but a simplified joke and absurd statement by American administration which is trying to hide face behind the lame and stupid argument against one who they sinfully and shamefully assassinated by drone strike. As a history writer from assignment help I would say that it is not a holy secret anymore who has been training, funding and supplying weapons to Islamic State (ISIS) with the help of puppet Arab and Middle Eastern ally of United States and getting trained in Turkey against Bashar-al-Asad regime and Hammas in Palestine. I believe there have never ever been worst people in the history of the world who beheaded hundreds of innocent people just because they do not abide by with its manifesto

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The overwhelming majority of Iranians despised Soleimani, an infamous symbol of the regime's intimidation and murder, for his crimes against the Iranian people and throughout the region. The Iranian people and Iraqi protesters who have been calling for Soleimani's expulsion from Iraq for some time welcomed his death as a sign of the waning of the regime's control over their country....

....After the elimination of Qassem Soleimani, some in the west tried to portray him as a "Hero for the Iranian people" or a "genius war strategist". The fact is that Soleimani was neither a "Hero" nor a "genius war strategist"; he was merely a cruel butcher who would pursue his goals with maximum brutality and carnage. His proxy militias in Syria and Iraq would pursue their objectives without having any principles or red lines; from massacring and displacing civilians from their towns and villages to dropping conventional or unconventional weapons, including flammable and cluster bombs or chemical weapons on residential areas.

Qassem Soleimani had no mercy towards his militias either. He sent thousands of untrained and poor Iraqis, Afghans and Pakistanis to their death in war fronts in Syria by promising money to their families. Soleimani, this "genius war strategist," learned this tactic during the Iran-Iraq war, while the Iranian regime and the IRGC commanders like Soleimani were dispatching tens of thousands of children in "human waves" to clear minefields with their bodies. This was Soleimani's tactics and strategy in the war fronts, he compensated the lack of military knowledge and command weakness with "human waves" and massacre of civilians, and by resorting to scorched-earth tactics.

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