Qasem Soleimani

Qasem Soleimani

Make no mistake about it. He was a bad dude. Make that a very bad dude.

Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was killed Friday, Jan. 3, in an air strike by American forces in Baghdad. This man was responsible for the Quds military force, by which Iran engaged in proxy wars and terrorism around the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. He has the blood of thousands on his hands. He seemed to have had no qualms about mass murder at all.

He’s the sort of fellow the great state mass murderers of the past, like Adolf Hitler, Joe Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot would’ve loved.

The Trump Administration and the President himself said they had evidence Soleimani was planning attacks on Americans. President Donald Trump said he acted to prevent these attacks. He said he didn’t want to start a war, but prevent a war.

The Iranians had been goading President Trump for weeks. They should’ve known better. Throughout his life, Trump has never been one to engage in “measured” responses.

Soon after the attacks, the President warned on Twitter against Iran attacking Americans, saying he had picked 52 targets to hit if the Iranians retaliate.

Reactions to the air strike were, if nothing else, interesting. The House Foreign Affairs Committee used a tweet to remind the President that war-making powers lie with the Congress, according to the U.S. Constitution. They also reminded him he wasn’t a dictator.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, accused the President of a war crime.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick said “American terrorist attacks” on “black and brown people for the expansion of American imperialism” were nothing new.

Conservative commentator Candace Owens, who is black, responded to Kaepernick by reminding him that Persians (now Iranians) had enslaved African people in the past.

The big question, of course, is how will the Iranians react?

In the last 40 years, we’ve learned that, if there’s anything we can be sure of with the Iranian government, it’s that we can’t be sure of what they’ll do. They do not behave in what Westerners would consider a rational manner. They seem to want some big apocalyptic battle between the forces of Islam and the forces of the infidels. So far, they have used proxies and small wars in their battle against the West. This is mostly because they know they could never win a military confrontation with the United States.

Who’s to say this won’t escalate into an all-out war, one which would devastate Iran? In the view of militant Iranians, if they died in this war, they would be martyrs and would be sent to Paradise. They don’t seem to care about who and what would be left behind.

Responsible and rational leaders would’ve realized years ago that the proxy wars and acts of terrorism were getting them nowhere. They would’ve realized they could accomplish a lot more by peaceful means. However, the Iranian government has shown they are anything but rational or responsible.

Already, I can see the Iranians trying to make Soleimani a martyr in the war between Islam and the infidels.

The irony in making him a martyr for Islam? The vast majority of his victims were other Muslims. That’s right. The majority of the deaths in the proxy wars and acts of terrorism in the Middle East he masterminded were other Muslims. In fact, the greatest killers of Muslims in the world today have been other Muslims.

Speaking of irrational behavior, it looks like radical Islam is eating its own.

Well, Soleimani got something he asked of so many others:  he became a “martyr” for Islam. I wonder how many people he’ll take with him. I’m almost afraid to think about it.

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