After the recent killing of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by American drones while he was driving in a motorcade outside of the Baghdad Airport has sent shock-waves throughout Iran, and tensions between the political parties within the United States. While most conservatives applaud the action, the democrats have locked stepped in their condemnation of what they are erroneously referring to as an “assassination”. In a pressing time of heightened tensions in the Middle East, created in large part by Iranian backed militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the threat of violent terror attacks against American and allied interests in the area have been either committed or planned by Soleimani.
That Soleimani was behind the recent attack on the American embassy in Baghdad was no secret. He had been a destabilizing factor in the region for over 20 years, and had been directly involved in the murders of Iraqi civilians and American service members by ordering his militias to attack both Americans and Iraqi Sunnis alike. His death was celebrated in Iraq, though it had received little coverage here in the United States.
The Israelis, Saudis and Sunni Iraqis have known for years that Soleimani was a terrorist responsible for the deaths of thousands. Yet his death has caused division here in the United States. At this crucial moment, when Iran has been creating more tension by the shooting down of an American drone, or the attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and more recently an attack on a Saudi oil field, Americans should unify behind President Trump and justification for neutralizing the head of a designated terrorist group, the Quds Forces.