Monday, May 29

The Murder of General Suleimani. When The Bully Strikes

Author’s note: This article is loosely based on an hour-long  rolling coverage / Press TV Interview – 3 January 2020 – on the US  assassination of General Qassem Suleimani


Interestingly, after the US attack on Iraqi Militia fighters on 31 December 2019, and the assassination of General Qassem Suleimani,  on 2 January, the first thing President Trump could come up with, was  bragging that it was him who gave the order to murder the popular  military leader. General Qassem Suleimani, was the commander of the  Iranian special Quds Force. The Quds Force was created during  the Iran–Iraq War as a special unit from the broader  Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It has the mission of  liberating Muslim land, especially al-Quds, from which it takes its name  – “Jerusalem Force”, in English. 

General Suleimani was killed by a US drone. He was not only the most  popular and prominent military officer in Iran, but he was also  influential and respected throughout the Middle East. He was chief in  training Iraqi forces who eventually defeated ISIS in Iraq within less  than a year, when the US and NATO estimated it would take at least 3  years. General Suleimani, along with Russia was also instrumental in  training the Syrian armed forces with the objective of defeating ISIS /  IS / DEASH in Syria, and they succeeded. This US act of impunity, the  General Suleimani killing, was unmistakenly targeted with precision and  as such a clear declaration of war on Iran.

Trump expected applause from the public at large.  Let’s not forget he is entering the year 2020 of his re-election… that’s  what he wants. So, he needs increased popularity and approval ratings.  To be reelected, he, like others before him, doesn’t shy away from  committing murder or entering a new war, killing millions. That’s what  American Presidents do to win elections. That’s what Obama has done. He  entered the Presidency with two ongoing US wars – Afghanistan and Iraq –  when he left office the US was engaged in seven wars around the globe,  in Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan and  Iraq.

Plus, numerous proxy-conflicts, meaning, they are fought by mercenaries and / or US trained, funded and armed terrorists, i.e. ISIS /  DAESH, Islamic State (IS) and whatever other names the empire gives its  agents of terror to confuse the world. And let’s not forget, the  algorithmically manipulated regime-change elections in Latin America and  Europe, the steady NATO advances with new military bases encircling  Russia and China, including the stationing of more than 50% of the US  Naval force in the South China Sea.

Most of the US Presidents are elected on the basis of their aggression, planned or ongoing, on how much they are willing to kill  around the world – and how well they are representing the interests of  the US War Industry — and, of course, the Israeli AIPAC (American Israel  Public Affairs Committee). In other words, Americans who go to the polls, are duped into believing they are electing a president, when in  reality their president had been pre-selected by a small group of  elitists, representing the key US interests, the War Industry, Big  Finance, Big Oil, Big Pharma – and who else, of course, the State of  Israel.

The unarmed Iraqi protests and attack on 31 December on the US  Embassy in Bagdad was a response to a US assault on Militia Iraqi forces  on 29 December – leaving at least 25 dead and more than 50 wounded.

The US has absolutely no business in Iraq. Not now, not ever – nor in  Syria, nor anywhere else in the Middle East – for that matter, outside  the frontiers of the United States of America. Its as simple as that.

And the world, the UN the UN Security Council should act accordingly.

The boundless US aggression must be stopped.

The world has become used to it – and, for the most part, is just silent. The ABNORMAL has become normal. That must be reversed.

Yes, the Iranian Government warned of retaliation. Understandably. However, that is precisely what Washington and the Pentagon wants; that’s what they were provoking, with this assassination of General  Suleiman, and earlier with confiscated oil tankers and tanker attacks in  the Gulf. The US hawks are just waiting for Iraq to retaliate, so they  can attack in full force – or ask Israel to attack in full force with US  backing, of course.

Knowing how the US is acting around the world with impunity – and especially in the countries they want to dominate – Iran has to count  with the worst. So far, Iran has been acting wisely with a lot of  restraint, not to risk MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction, in other  words, a World War scenario.

A retaliation must be well-thought out – and foremost not be obvious.  It must be strategic with long-term impact not the short-term  face-saving military act. In the long-term, non-aggression,  non-confrontation – the contrary of what Washington is seeking – may  prevail. Let the American war hawks continue shadow boxing.

What the Middle East and world is dealing with, is a dying beast –  that’s what the US empire has become. The beast, in its last breath, is  lashing out round itself no matter how many other countries it pulls  with it into the abyss, no matter how many people are killed in the  process.

What will be the world’s reaction to this open and flagrant murder? –  Do not expect much from the US-submissive West, especially the  Europeans.

However, Iran can certainly count on Russia and China and on a number  of other allies. And in the UN on the more than 120 non-aligned  countries, that also stand behind Venezuela and Cuba, and now behind Evo Morales.

This is important. These unaligned countries are now in the majority  of the UN body of member states. They have to speak out in the Security  Council, as well as in the General Assembly. This case of US impunity  should be elevated to world attention. Therefore, Iran may want to call a  special UN General Assembly Meeting to  discuss the case. It would show where the UN stands – and would  accordingly provide Iran with more leverage on their reaction.

Iran cannot elevate this case high enough on the world stage. So that  each and every nation realizes that their own sovereignty is at risk –  is every day at risk – of being annihilated by the wannabe World Hegemon  – the self-declared Exceptional Nation, US of A.

Only united this monster can be beaten.

Washington is weak, knows no long-term thinking, no long-term  strategy – lives off instant gratification. This works for a while, by  sheer military force, but not forever.

Russia and China have now far advanced precision weaponry – and are  allies of Iran, short-term thinking may be a suicide mission.

Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a water resources and environmental specialist. He worked for over 30 years with the World Bank and the World Health Organization around the world in the fields of environment and water. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research; ICH; RT; Sputnik; PressTV; The 21st Century; Greanville Post; Defend Democracy Press, TeleSUR; The Saker Blog, the New Eastern Outlook (NEO); and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

This article was originally published on New Eastern Outlook as; The Murder of General Suleimani. Trump Expected Public Applause. It Didn’t Happen…

Copyright © Peter Koenig, Global Research.

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