SEATTLE Bookda Gheisar had just gotten home from a late-night movie with her kids when she heard about the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top military official, Qassem Soleimani.
Maybe among the ultraright there might be a risk, but aside from very isolated incidents I doubt we will see any serious backlash nationally against Iranian-Americans. People aren't going to march against Iran.
I am also aware that Seattle contains a racist "skin" community, so in the case of that city, yeah, I'd worry a little maybe.
One of the reasons I would cite is that shpit is moving so fast with this surely un-vetted US-Trump escalation that any swell of anti-Iranianism isn't going to have time to arise before some other more urgent outrage succeeds it! But I don't doubt it enough to discount it in an America that voted for Trump and still pins their irrational un-thought-through hopes on him.
How the hell did they get a direct hit on a human target? Our LSAT must have had him on camera for awhile, so it was a target they were just waiting for the OK on. That says a great deal about our intelligence capability to penetrate our chosen targets!
"Mr. President, we've got this real top bad guy under camera surveillance, whaddya wanna do with him?"
No cautionary note from any advisor, if any advisor was even present, that the strike would have to take place in Iraqi territory, thereby further complicating already complicated Iraqi-Iranian relations. The President is someone in whose unreflective brain the killing of big-name "terrorists" remains a potent weapon in an election campaign. Obviously nobody had the access or the guts to offer any counter-argument.
"Fire and fury!"
So the lesson to anyone on "the other side," and even to our allies, is that America now practices targeted assassinations, and the orders come from the top.
When that stuff hits the fan, it flies everywhere.