The Assassination of Qassem Soleimani

Up until this morning, I had never heard the name Qassem Soleimani. I imagine most people hadn’t. He was not a famous movie actor or sports figure. He was not a head of state. How can we be expected to know the names of other countries generals?
Yet, the media covering his targeted assassination, by an American drone, seem to think we know all about him. He is the worst enemy of the United States. Of course, they say. There is no question, they say.
But did a state of war exist between the United States and Iran? That’s a rhetorical question, the answer is no. So, Soleimani was not threatening to kill any U.S. troops on the battlefield. They aren’t (or weren’t) at war with us.
Also, if the U.S. is fixing to have a war with Iraq, this serves no great purpose. O.K., we killed their top general. They will replace him with another general. Possibly one who is more devious/militant/anti-American than Soleimani. We don’t know.
Another thing that a lot of people are overlooking is that an Iraqi officer was also killed, and the attack took place in Iraq. Not the first thing in the last week or so that’s pissed off the Iraqis, either.
So, altogether an ill conceived decision by the hairless orangutan who cheats at golf. Let’s hope the Iranians are better at diplomacy than he is.

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