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Two years ago, the 2020s started with a murder.

Baghdad airport, January 3, 00:52 AM. The assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi forces, by laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles launched from two American MQ-9 Reaper drones, was an act of war.

This act of war set the tone for the new decade and inspired my book Raging Twenties: Great Power Politics Meets Techno-Feudalism, published one year later.

The drone strikes at Baghdad airport, directly approved by then US President Donald Trump, were unilateral, unprovoked and illegal: an imperial act engineered as a stark provocation capable of triggering an Iranian reaction that would then be countered by American “self-defense,” packaged as “deterrence.”

Call it a perverse form of double down, reversed false flag.

The imperial narrative barrage spun it as “targeted killing:” a pre-emptive op squashing Soleimani’s alleged planning of “imminent attacks” against US diplomats and troops.

No evidence whatsoever was provided to support the claim. And then-Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, in front of Parliament, offered the ultimate context: Soleimani, on a diplomatic mission, had boarded a regular Cham Wings Airbus A320 flight between Damascus and Baghdad. He was involved in complex negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh, with the Iraqi Prime Minister as mediator, and all that at the request of President Trump.

So the imperial machine – following trademark mockery of international law – assassinated a de facto diplomatic envoy. In fact two envoys, because al-Muhandis had the same leadership qualities of Soleimani – actively promoting synergy between the battlefield and diplomacy – and was absolutely irreplaceable as a key political articulator in Iraq.

Soleimani’s assassination had been “encouraged” since 2007 by US neo-cons – supremely ignorant of West Asia’s history, culture and politics – and the Israeli and Saudi lobbies. Both the Bush Jr. and Obama administrations resisted it, afraid of an inevitable escalation. Trump could not possibly see The Big Picture and its dire ramifications when he had only Israel-firsters of the Jared-of-Arabia Kushner variety whispering in his ear, in tandem with close pal Saudi Crown Princeling Muhammad bin Salman (MbS).

The measured Iranian response to Soleimani’s assassination was carefully calibrated to head off vengeful, unrestrained imperial overkill: precision missile strikes on the American-controlled Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq. The Pentagon received advance warning.

Yet it was precisely that measured response that turned out to be the game-changer. Tehran’s message made it graphically clear that the days of imperial impunity were over: we can hit your assets anywhere in the Persian Gulf and beyond, at the time of our choosing.

So this was the first “miracle” that the Spirit of Soleimani engineered: the precision missile strikes on Ain al-Assad represented a middle-rank power, enfeebled by sanctions, and facing a massive economic/financial crisis, responding to a unilateral attack by targeting imperial assets that are part of the sprawling Empire of Bases.

That was a global first – unheard of since the end of WWII.

And that was clearly interpreted across West Asia and vast swathes of the Global South as fatally piercing the decades-old hegemonic armor of American” prestige.”

Calculating The Big Picture

Everyone not only along the Axis of Resistance – Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Hezbollah – but across the Global South has been aware of how Soleimani led the fight against ISIS in Iraq from 2014 to 2015, and how he was instrumental in retaking Tikrit in 2015.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, in an extraordinary interview, stressed Soleimani’s “great humility”, even “with the common people, the simple people.” Nasrallah told a story that is essential to place Soleimani’s modus operandi in the real – not fictional – war on terror that still deserves to be quoted in full two years after his assassination:

“At that time, Hajj Qassem traveled from Baghdad airport to Damascus airport, from where he came (directly) to Beirut, in the southern suburbs. He arrived to me at midnight. I remember very well what he said to me: ‘At dawn you must have provided me with 120 (Hezbollah) operation commanders.’ I replied ‘But Hajj, it’s midnight, how can I provide you with 120 commanders?’ He told me that there was no other solution if we wanted to fight (effectively) against ISIS, to defend the Iraqi people, our holy places [5 of the 12 Imams of Twelver Shiism have their mausoleums in Iraq], our Hawzas [Islamic educational institutions], and everything that existed in Iraq. There was no choice. ‘I don’t need fighters. I need operational commanders [to supervise the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, PMU]. This is why in my speech [about Soleimani’s assassination], I said that during the 22 years or so of our relationship with Hajj Qassem Soleimani, he never asked us for anything. He never asked us for anything, not even for Iran. Yes, he only asked us once, and that was for Iraq, when he asked us for these (120) operations commanders. So he stayed with me, and we started contacting our (Hezbollah) brothers one by one. We were able to bring in nearly 60 operational commanders, including some brothers who were on the front lines in Syria, and whom we sent to Damascus airport [to wait for Soleimani], and others who were in Lebanon, and that we woke up from their sleep and brought in [immediately] from their house as the Hajj said he wanted to take them with him on the plane that would bring him back to Damascus after the dawn prayer. And indeed, after praying the dawn prayer together, they flew to Damascus with him, and Hajj Qassem traveled from Damascus to Baghdad with 50 to 60 Lebanese Hezbollah commanders, with whom he went to the front lines in Iraq. He said he didn’t need fighters, because thank God there were plenty of volunteers in Iraq. But he needed [battle-hardened] commanders to lead these fighters, train them, pass on experience and expertise to them, etc. And he didn’t leave until he took my pledge that within two or three days I would have sent him the remaining 60 commanders.”

A former commander under Soleimani that I met in Iran in 2018 had promised me and my colleague Sebastiano Caputo that he would try to arrange an interview with the Major General – who never spoke to foreign media. We had no reason to doubt our interlocutor – so until the last Baghdad minute we were part of this selective waiting list.

ORDER IT NOW

As for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, killed side by side with Soleimani in the Baghdad drone strikes, I was with the journalist Sharmine Narwani and a small group who spent an afternoon with him in a safe house inside – not outside – Baghdad’s Green Zone in November 2017. My full report is here.

Soleimani may have been a revolutionary superstar – many across the Global South see him as the Che Guevara of West Asia – but behind several layers of myth he was most of all a quite articulated cog of a very articulated machine.

Years before the assassination, Soleimani had already envisaged an inevitable ‘normalization’ between Israel and Persian Gulf monarchies.

At the same time, he was also very much aware of the Arab League’s 2002 position – shared, among others, by Iraq, Syria and Lebanon – that this ‘normalization’ cannot even begin to be discussed without an independent and viable Palestinian state under 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Soleimani saw the Big Picture all across West Asia, from Cairo to Tehran, from the Bosphorus to the Bab-al-Mandeb. He had certainly calculated the inevitable ‘normalization’ of Syria in the Arab world as well as the timeline followed by the Empire of Chaos to abandon Afghanistan – though probably not the extent of the humiliating retreat – and how that would reconfigure all bets from West Asia to Central Asia.

It’s not hard to see Soleimani already envisaging what happened this past month. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu went to Dubai and signed quite a few trade deals with deep political significance, sort of burying a visceral intra-Sunni rivalry.

Abu Dhabi’s Mohammad bin Zayed (MbZ) seems to be betting simultaneously on an Israel-Emirates free trade deal and a détente with Iran. His security advisor Sheikh Tahnoon met with Iran’s President Raisi in Tehran in mid-December, even discussing Yemen.

But the key issue in all these dealings is a breakthrough land transit corridor that may run between the UAE, Iran and Turkey.

Meanwhile, Qatar – a privileged interlocutor of both Turkey and Iran – is engaged in financing the costs of the Gaza administration, in a delicate balance with Israel that somewhat replays a similar role by Doha in the negotiations between the US and the Taliban.

What Soleimani could not accomplish, side by side with al-Muhandes, was to set a viable Iraqi path after the inevitable imperial retreat – even though their assassination may have accelerated the popular drive for the definitive expulsion of the Americans. Iraq remains deeply divided and hostage to petty, provincial politicking.

Still, the Soleimani Spirit persists when it comes to the Axis of Resistance – Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus-Beirut – faced with massive imperial subversion, still surviving every possible challenge.

Iran is increasingly solidified as the key node of the New Silk Roads in Southwest Asia: the Iran-China strategic partnership, boosted by Tehran’s accession to the SCO, will be as strong geoeconomically as geopolitically.

In parallel, Iran, Russia and China will be all involved in the reconstruction of Syria – complete with BRI projects ranging from the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Eastern Mediterranean railway to, in the near future, the Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline, arguably the key factor that provoked the American proxy war against Damascus.

Hellfires are not welcomed.

(Republished from The Cradle by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. That assassination was the ultimate trickery… And the ballistic missiles reigning down on US bases the ultimate wake up call. I read they got some assistance from North Korea on their missile tech. That would explain why things have been subdued on that front as well.

    But I really dont get what the point of the assassination was. Like many others – all it did was galvanize the people…, Even turning more neutral Iraqis against the US….

  2. Why did President Dumbass murder Soleimani?

    The killing of General Qasem Soleimani is part of Trump’s re-election strategy
    https://www.shoutoutuk.org/2020/01/13/the-killing-of-general-qasem-soleimani-is-part-of-trumps-re-election-strategy/

    On Facebook, a barrage of Trump re-election campaign ads have been touting the General’s death, alongside images of a beaming Trump during a campaign rally. The campaign ads encourage voters to take part in the ‘Official Trump Military Survey’, which directs them to his re-election campaign website.

    Users who submit the survey are also prompted to make a donation to the re-election campaign, encouraged by a message that reads:

    *** ‘President Trump is keeping AMERICA SAFE! Now it’s time to step up and stand behind him’. ***

    As the New York Times notes, as of January 7, there had been around 800 Facebook ads for the Trump re-election campaign devoted entirely to the killing of General Soleimani.

    Another nice essay by Mr. Escobar.

    • Agree: Realist
    • Replies: @Mike Tre
  3. Wild Bill says:

    The official story is the hit was ordered by the Donald. I don’t buy that for a minute. Trump had control of almost nothing while he was president and when this happened he looked like he was making it up as he went along. He got the choice – own it and spin it somehow to make yourself look like a “war president” or admit that you are just a talking head. As for who actually was responsible, well, we all know who that was.

  4. The Zionazis murdered Nasrallah’s predecessor, Musawi, and, following Judaic practise, murdered his family too, in 1992. Unfortunately Nasrallah has proved even more capable, and Hezbollah drove the Zionazi infestation from south Lebanon by 2000, then kicked their arses again in 2006, after the carefully planned Zionazi aggression. Let’s hope this occurs again, and whoever follows Soleimani makes the Zionazis regret their typically murderous treachery.

    • Replies: @Ukraine Tiger
    , @Avery
  5. The Trump administration initially claimed that Soleimani was assassinated for his suspected role in a deadly December 2019 rocket attack on a US military base in Kirkuk, Iraq, and the 31 December 2019 attempted storming of the US Embassy in Baghdad, and because he posed an “imminent threat” to US national security. Iraqi intelligence later concluded that the Kirkuk attack was likely carried out by Daesh (ISIS)*. Washington then changed its story, saying there was no specific intelligence pointing to any imminent threats from Soleimani. Later still, Trump justified the assassination in part by calling Soleimani a “noted terrorist” who was “saying bad things” about America.

    That’s from Sputnik News, which I don’t believe I’ll link. Is it true?

    Trump recounts minute-by-minute details of Soleimani strike to donors at Mar-a-Lago
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/18/politics/trump-soleimani-details-mar-a-lago/index.html

    Seems to be, so I may need to consider bookmarking Sputnik again.

    What a twit.

    • Agree: professorchops
  6. Soleimani is the new Che Guevara though much better as he was sane and capable, which Che was not.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @Hossein
  7. @Wild Bill

    I came across an interesting article about the Solemani assassination. It fails to mention that he arrived in Iraq to meet with the Saudis about a peace deal. I had suspected the Israelis killed him and Trump was told the USA must take the blame. The article quotes Trump:

    “I can’t talk about this story. But I was very disappointed in Israel having to do with that event. … People will be hearing about that at the right time,” Trump said.

    https://www.axios.com/trump-soleimani-strike-netanyahu-israel-8f1abba2-5c05-4909-adee-ef872e9becb4.html

    I suspect Trump did everything the neocons asked thinking it would ensure his reelection and good media coverage. He was wrong and is now bitter.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
    , @HBM
    , @Rurik
  8. 2 years ago, trumpenkike openly murdered a hero and in the meanwhile unleashed the hounds on his own supporters, who were rightfully demaning him to fufill his promises.

    Now this kike lover has to shill the deadly vax for his life, and it doesn’t make him any more distant from a lib prison. In fact, most boomertard MIGApedes now want him to die too.

    The vax is a blessing!

    https://dailystormer.su/40-more-deaths-in-18-64-age-group-not-explained-by-virus-says-life-insurance-ceo/
    (Cant acces the sources because dirty kikes)

    The vax is going to wipe out the main source of power for the elites and the kikes: the billions of good goyim who support their cause. Evil eats itself.

    Stay strong and tell the yids and their lackeys to shove that syringe up their asses!

  9. Ghali says:

    The assassination of Commanders Souleimani and al-Muhandes was an act of coward terrorism. It was approved by America’s big dog (Trump) who was on a short leash pulled by Jews on behalf of Israel.

  10. @Carlton Meyer

    To his credit, Trump is the only president since George Busch father who did not initiate a war. The biggest stains on his foreign policy file were the cancelling of the JCPOA and the assassination of Soleimani, a brave war hero who stood up to the Internal Secret Israeli Service army that decimated many parts of Syria and Iraq under the banner of a fundamentalist Islam that bears no connection to real Islam. In his zeal to please the Israelis and their all powerful lobby in order to secure his re-election, Trump went along these two Israeli objectives like a village idiot without proper consideration to the damage that could be inflicted on US foreign policy and reaped the right reward from an ungrateful Zionist juggernaut with “his friend Netanyahu” being the first foreign head of state to congratulate Biden on winning the stolen election. The U.S. had to humbly take the blow of retaliation from Iran, a first in the Middle East, and set a precedent that hitherto had been unthinkable.

    This is the fate of anyone who makes a deal with the devil: getting a trivial gain but ultimately losing big along with one’s soul. For a crafty New York real estate tycoon being played for a fool by the neocons and their Israeli handlers must indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

    • Thanks: emerging majority
    • Replies: @Showmethereal
  11. nsa says:

    Trumpstein could have pardoned his Jan. 6 minions but spit on and abandoned them instead. However, the piggish dolt did see fit to pardon the jew spy Pollard’s handler, a izzie yid named aviem sella, who had been indicted by a US federal grand jury for recruiting and running Pollard and other jew spies. Trumpstein also saw fit to repatriate the jew spy Pollard to his real country, izzieville, where he received a hero’s reception. In return, the jew money and media were supposed to guarantee a Trumpstein’s reelection….but instead the cunning jew hilariously bent the contemptible old sod over and screwed him like a \$5 crack whore, preferring the senile Biden and his jew cabinet for carrying on the jew’s agenda in gullible amelika. A people get the government they deserve………

    • Replies: @Realist
  12. Mr.Craker says:

    This was not an “act of war” Pepe Escobar. It was premeditated and cold-blooded murder.
    Major General Qassem Soleimani, and Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, traveled on a civilian airliner, and were on their way to a meeting as diplomats, to discuss peace negotiations.

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride
  13. Clyde says:

    Qassem Soleimani was a psycho-killer. How nice that Pepe worships him along with the rest of the fat-ass, degenerate, thieving mullahs. The rich super mullahs steal from Iran’s oil profits via family trusts they set up. This has been going on since the Shiite came into power.
    PREACH and PROFIT!

    Qassem Soleimani not a mullah. Just a psycho-killer that weak men idolize. QS’s body count must be above 300. What say you silly Pepe?

    • LOL: GMC
    • Troll: RedpilledAF
  14. mcohen says:

    it is possible that the Arab states were concerned that Iran was meddling in arab affairs,especially oil production.
    the fact is saddam fought a 8 year war with Iran.looking back,that war benefitted the Iranians and China as it weakened the most powerful Arab state and opened up the Silk Road to Europe.
    the question is.did suleimani stand in there way.

  15. What a load of BS, that’s not even funny! So it’s always (and once again) the good guys vs the bad guys, huh? El Che of West Asia? The ‘Global South’ is a truck load of rubble. The ‘style’ is so out of place when discussing those people and those events, and what’s generally going on in ‘West Asia’. Could go on, but don’t want this to read like bashing the author.

    P.S.: Just one more. Cavusoglu = al Nusra, bin Zayed = ISIS. Discussing a land corridor via Iran = the common enemy? Well, they will have to cross the Persian Gulf first, right? On a bridge highway designed by the Russians and built by China! Change your dealer, Mr. Peppy!

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  16. Anon[177] • Disclaimer says:

    UN Resolution 181 remains the only internationally recognized borders of the Jewish State. The sooner Tel Aviv accepts 181, the sooner Israelis will have a lasting and secure peace.

  17. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Thinking you meant “fortunately”

  18. We tend to think of the London Square Mile, Washington DC, and the Vatican as some kind of triumvirate centers running things, and gloss over Switzerland thinking it is incidental. The top echelons of the Masonic unseen hand are no doubt firmly established in the London financial center, the Washington military center, and in recent decades it appears that the same hand now controls the Vatican. But what of Switzerland with the ancient families and secret societies, the center of Satanism whose principal operatives control so much, a nation so sacrosanct to the Western establishment, being the actual central bankster of the world, that it remained totally unscathed in the great wars of the last century?
    “The last time the Swiss fought a military battle was 500 years ago, against the French. (The Swiss lost.) Two hundred years ago, Switzerland was acknowledged as a neutral state in the Treaty of Paris.”

    https://time.com/3695334/switzerland-neutrality-history/#:~:text=The%20last%20time%20the,in%20the%20Treaty%20of%20Paris.

    Why is this? The nation is obviously the controlling “unseen hand” of the Masonic cabal behind the New World Order cult preaching the new gospel to everyone that, “You are no longer sustainable”, and it also appears to head up the very leadership cults which are destroying everything. This is the nation which profited more than any other nation in the great wars of the 20th century, and has been the real heart of a banking industry of the West beginning during the Roman empire. The nation is an armed fortress with half of the Alps honeycombed with vast underground complexes.

    Perhaps if we were more united and could take back our nations, our first mission would be to lay a siege to Switzerland with a lockdown whereby absolutely nothing would go into or out of the nation including bank transactions, until the nation and its oligarchs, including Schwab, surrendered and made full restitution for all of their crimes against humanity

    • Thanks: emerging majority
    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  19. The Bible tells us that one day Moses came down from Mount Sinai with some stones that contained the sacred Ten Commandments of God, and with one of them that said “You shall not kill.”
    And it happened that that same day Moses for political-religious reasons gave the order to his people to kill each other. So father against son. Brother against brother. Friend against friend. And there were thousands of dead.
    And so killing remained a part of life and although later a certain Jesus Christ tried to cultivate love of neighbor, that was bad for business and they crucified him and now he is just another commercial brand in the market.
    Soleimani was one more victim in the millions of that chain of infractions to the divine mandate and nobody cares. And as an old friend said “los fu surnan buti”. *
    Translation “the bad ones sleep very well”.

    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
  20. Avery says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Israelis and Jewish Neocons in US Gov make a lot of really stupid mistakes — for people who are supposedly very, very smart.

    Case in point*: they wrecked Iraq, because** Saddam was a big supporter of Palestinians, and was even paying monthly support to the families of Palestinian fighters KIA. But their grand plans blew up in their face, because Iraq under Saddam clan (secular Baʿath Party) was hostile to Shia Iran and was a counterforce in the region. Now (Shia) Iraq is allied with (Shia) Iran, and Iran’s influence in the region has gone up many fold. Instead of worrying about Iraq, Iranians are free to build up their forces to exclusively counter any possible attack by Israel &US.

    These people are not only evil, but dumb.

    _______________________________
    * in addition to how they screwed up with Nasrallah’s predecessor murder: and got a much more capable adversary in Lebanon.

    ** one of the reasons……

  21. Fred777 says:
    @Clyde

    Soleimani would have fit right in at the US Congress

    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @2stateshmustate
  22. Anonymous[862] • Disclaimer says:

    Apart from the Muslim nations and China, the so called global south, still favors the West.

  23. Anonymous[110] • Disclaimer says:
    @Showmethereal

    My guess is that the calculation was made and the positives to the neocon strategy outweighed the negatives. There were always going to be some level of fallout, but if Soliemani was as much the mind behind Iranian geo-political strategy in the area, then it was probably considered worth it in the long run because he could not be replaced and Iran didn’t have the capability to seriously respond in kind – for instance assassinate a high-level US general in response.

  24. HBM says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    Been saying that Israel did it on their own here at Unz since it happened. The peace talks stuff was true and Bibi did it. Bibi came out immediately afterwards and denied responsibility. It was a giant f**k you– what are you gonna do about it to Trump? I’m pretty sure we never saw drone footage– I’m guessing because it wasn’t our drones. Pompeo and the like might have been involved, too. A few days later there was some US drone killing or botched drone killing in Africa, I think, that was superficially similar to Soleimani– I forget, exactly. It was reported in the media briefly, and it appeared to me to be a weak attempt to sort of retroactively make it look as if Trump had ordered the prior strike.

    • Agree: nokangaroos
  25. Hossein says:
    @Priss Factor

    Bull shit. Che was a revolutionary and not a zealot who was involved in ethnic cleansing and population exchange. You may want to check out the murderous campaign of terror against the Kurds, Baluchis and in particular Ahwazi Arabs. By his own orders the so-called revolutionary guard flooded hundreds of Arab villages and towns in order to force the migration from the Arab enclave of AL Ahwaz. It did not work, and he and his forces were defeated. The same sick ethnic cleansing on behalf of Persian racist plans were carried out in Baluchistan as well and were also defeated.
    Che was a man of principal and love for masses and this racist Aryan wannabe was good in one thing only and that was fermenting sectarianism as it happened in Iraq. During the war with Iraq, he was instrumental in buying weapons from the Zionists as well allowing their cargo planes to land in Tehran. That is a known fact. Read counter punch.
    It is laughable and honestly shocking to compare this racist to a great man of honor and prestige like Che. Che was the hero of oppressed, fought for them and was martyred fighting for them.
    This overrated man was a racist who wanted to reinvent so called Persian Aryan Empire on the ruins of other countries and miserably failed. I cannot bloody believe that Escobar, whom I respect, lionize and glorify a murderous racist by spewing such rubbish.

    • Troll: RedpilledAF
    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  26. Notsofast says:
    @Showmethereal

    soleimani was being groomed for political leadership of iran and this is the real reason he was murdered, imo.

  27. Don Unf says:
    @Showmethereal

    But I really dont get what the point of the assassination was.

    If their best leaders get killed, then they are less capable. It is probably as simple as that. There is also a demoralization aspect. “We can touch you wherever you lay, whenever we want, and you can do nothing about it. Suck on that, losers!”

  28. Rurik says:
    @Fred777

    Soleimani would have fit right in at the US Congress

    that’s not fair

    like saying a lion would fit in with jackals

    and even that, isn’t being fair to actual jackals, who’re a thousand times more noble than a ZUS congresswhore

  29. Rurik says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    I suspect Trump did everything the neocons asked thinking it would ensure his reelection and good media coverage. He was wrong and is now bitter.

    he should have known that simply going along with the assassination wasn’t going to be enough

    The assassination wasn’t the goal, the goal was using the assassination to drag Iran into a full-blown war with the U.S.

    And on this critical issue, Donald Trump failed the Zionist regime- while maintaining his one heroic triumph on behalf of the American people, and the sane world at large ~ refusing to start another war for Zion.

    Even tho that cost him his reelection.

    He went along with the assassination, and blighted his name for all time.

    But, he didn’t go along with doing a ‘Shock and Awe’ to Iran, which is what they demanded, and therein lies Trump’s one shred of legitimacy as a president, and a man.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Anon
  30. @the bright future

    The one-and-doners are usually coherent.

  31. Mefobills says:
    @Wild Bill

    He got the choice – own it and spin it somehow to make yourself look like a “war president” or admit that you are just a talking head. As for who actually was responsible, well, we all know who that was.

    Trump locked his lips onto the ass off one faction of Jews to protect himself against another faction of Jews and their deep state.

    I use the term “Jews” here to mean predatory creditors, trying to control their “capital” and their owned labor to then benefit themselves. Predatory creditors are jockeying for control of the levers of power.

    Netanyahu hired American Republican political operative Arthur Finkelstein to run his campaign, and although the American style of sound bites and sharp attacks elicited harsh criticism, it proved effective

    It’s hard to keep up with all the Jewish factions, and they should not be in our country. But, they are, unfortunately. The Finkelstein branch is related to Kushner. Finkelstein/Kushner/Netananyahoo are Trump Jews.

    Trump even lamented recently how U.S. Jews no longer cared about Israel. These U.S. Jews are “international” creditors. These U.S. Jews are internationalists.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/17/trump-says-american-jews-dont-like-or-care-about-israel.html

    Trump’s voting base was Judeo Zionist Christians.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/07/13/poll-90-percent-of-evangelicals-support-donald-trumps-re-election/

    Judeo Zionist Christians care deeply about Israel, as they have adopted Israel and Bible Jews as their god.

    Mossad has long since penetrated the deep state, so Trump’s attaching himself to Zion via Netananyahoo was real-politic to protect himself and his family from being murdered, and also pander to his hypnotized Judeo-Christian voter base.

    Basically, if some actor from the deep state (say somebody from the CIA), decided to get froggy and kill a Trump family member, than that CIA operative would soon be wiped out by Mossad.

    Here is Trump telling the CIA, no fifth columns:

    https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/trump-threatens-eliminate-columns-historic-speech-cia-video/ri18655

    Donald Trump started off his first full day as President of the United States on Saturday, Jan. 21st by paying a visit to the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.

    “We won’t have columns. You understand that? We get rid of the columns.”

  32. Anon[189] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rurik

    Trump’s own word revealed ( reported by Wall Street Journal ) that he was under pressure to kill him in exchange for senatorial support of protecting him from impeachment .

    He later showed his anger by reporting that he was cheated by the Zionist . They didn’t do anything for him though he had done everything including giving Golan Heights and forcing Abrahamic Accord . One could include also the transfer of the embassy and condoning the West Bank settlement . Prior to these he also backed out of the plan to remove military from Syria as demanded on the phone call by Netanyahu.

    Let’s think of Bush’s jr own word: I don’t want to become onetime president . I know what Israel did to my father .
    ——-
    My analysis : Zionist forces many fronts same time often using one force against other to push his own agenda .
    Senators who promised Trump of support ,must have been already roped in by Israel either blackmail or money or media support by many other means . Zionist went to these senators sending the vulnerabilities of him , that they ( bribed senators) should offer him votes denying impeachment , while Trump would be told the price would be toeing Israeli position .
    Another group would be asked to keep on mounting pressure on Trump .

    All three players are Israeli chosen actors .

    This is the way Zionist work perfected by central historical experiences or machinations by Zionist .

    Trump’s anger was palpable when he felt Abbas was like a father figure and it was Israel not Palestinians who did not want peace . That was his own word.

    • Agree: Rurik
  33. Realist says:

    The drone strikes at Baghdad airport, directly approved by then US President Donald Trump, were unilateral, unprovoked and illegal: an imperial act engineered as a stark provocation capable of triggering an Iranian reaction that would then be countered by American “self-defense,” packaged as “deterrence.”

    Yes, Trump was/is a minion of the Deep State. He supports warmongering and hegemony…only an idiot would support him.

    • Agree: Herald
    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
  34. Realist says:
    @Don Unf

    If their best leaders get killed, then they are less capable. It is probably as simple as that. There is also a demoralization aspect. “We can touch you wherever you lay, whenever we want, and you can do nothing about it. Suck on that, losers!”

    It is that attitude that has brought this country to its knees.

  35. Realist says:
    @nsa

    Trumpstein could have pardoned his Jan. 6 minions but spit on and abandoned them instead.

    Yes, as well as Snowden and Assange.

  36. Trump had very little or nothing to do with what came out of the MICIMATT Complex for his entire term in office (kudos to Ray McGovern for the acronym). The man went golfing halfway through his biggest ever DC rally of supporters, I mean please. He was about as involved in the Soleimani assassination as he was the priorities of his own Justice Department and FBI (which is to say completely powerless and out of the loop).

    Trump was a carnival act, not a statesman with any geopolitical plan or awareness, and the perfect exclamation point to 40 years of Reaganite treachery, destruction and superficiality. His only utility was to peel back the curtain on The Great Satan so far and so wide that it can never be closed again.

    • Agree: W
    • Replies: @Zachary Smith
  37. rgl says:
    @Showmethereal

    American foreign policy has been a total cock-up since Bu\$h Snr. Succeeding USA CEOs continue to operate in a fashion that makes no rational sense whatsoever, since. NATO expansion – while the US/NATO faced NO threat in Europe; furthermore, US policy was for the longest time, was centred around preventing a joining of the two strong US opponents – China and Russia.

    Today, thanks wholly to idiot think tankers, and greed, China and the Russian federation are both avowed US opponents. So, way to go America. Fools.

    This miscalculation – or attempt to prevent de-hegemonation, and the subsequent military budgets required to undertake this massive stupidity, is the primary reason America cannot afford healthcare, or an effective educational regime, or roads, and bridges that do not crumble either under, or on top of you.

    As to the point of assassinating Soleimani, the only point was to strike out. Without paying any attention whatsoever to the possible after effects. Again …

    … fools.

  38. @Showmethereal

    The murder of Soleimani was called for by Israel. The Orange Rooster carried it out then crowed, but then realized his US troops could be roasted.
    Iran has called the US and Israeli bluff. The JCPOA is irrevelant with both China and Russia supporting Iran.
    Israel can wave it’s nuclear capability like a pervert in a park to little kids, it will not deter Iran.
    The straits of Hormuz are too narrow, the Saudi and UAE oil fields too near. It’s a mess for the US and Israel due to the accuracy of Iranian missiles.
    The pin point accuracy makes a huge difference.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Quibus
    , @Jack Sparrow
  39. @Joe Levantine

    Didnt Bush 1 go to war with his old friend Saddam – to protect the Saudis..?? Desert shield/storm…

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  40. @Liborio Guaso

    False… A better translation would be “murder” than “kill” (on the stone tablets). When he said love your neighbor as yourself he was quoting the Torah…

    • Disagree: RedpilledAF
  41. @Don Unf

    But that is not what happened… So they made a wrong calculation..

  42. @Liborio Guaso

    Reply to Liborio Guaso

    Re: Moses came down from mountain with 10 Commandments – thou shalt not murder

    Isn’t the first part of that story that Moses committed a murder in Egypt then fled to the Sinai to cover his crime by proclaiming the commandment “thou shall not murder”??

  43. Thim says:

    The best of the goyim, kill them.

  44. GMC says:
    @Clyde

    A psycho killer ? I didn’t know that in the Middle East wars, that only one man would be considered a Psycho – killer. Only one MFer in the whole Mid East was a Psycho killer and he was from Iran – lol You ain’t never been in a War – Sonny ! Who do you think is going to defeat the other Psycho killers from Israel, USA, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or the head choppers from China, the Caucus region, and the other proxies? Russia – Iraq – Syria – LOL

    They say Che was a psych killer too – but I sure have seen more Tee shirts with him on it – than Bush, Romsfuck, Cheney, Bi BI Yahoo, Nigger Obama, who I guess were just good ole Boyz.

    Pepe’ is way ahead of guys like you ! He knows the score but stays cool with it.

  45. @Clyde

    “Clyde” bears all the earmarks of a Ha\$barfa \$ayanim. Mordantly amusing that he should choose such a quintessentially Scottish nom de plume.

    • Thanks: GMC
    • Replies: @clyde
    , @Daniel Rich
  46. @Hossein

    Che was an asthmatic sexual neurotic gnome so unhinged the Russians ordered Fidel
    to send him where the pepper grows
    (It´s interesting what a sympathetic Jewish photographer can do).
    – The Shia´t Ali from the beginning was the Persian uprising against Semitic barbarism; I find their obsession with martyrdom a bit disconcerting but it´s about
    fiat iustitia ruat coelum
    and only someone who learned history in Petach Tikvah would choose the handle
    “Hossein” to denigrate it.

  47. One aspect of Escobar’s essay which has yet to be attended to by other posters here is that Iran has become the kingpin of the “Arc of Resistance ” to the Bank\$ter imperial agenda. Though Persian and Shiite, rather than Arabic, Iran stands as the bulwark along with three other Shia-dominated Arabic-speaking states: Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

    Escobar also points out that the growing alliance between Russia–with its indomitable defensive military–and China, sporting the world’s most vibrant economy; with their conjoint commercial initiatives; now are unofficially allying themselves with that Arc of Resistance.

    Geopolitically, this development outweighs the fate of individuals such as the brilliant General Solameini. Central significance of all this is that the bulk of the EurAsian landmass has made itself “out of control” by the Western Puppet regimes who are saddled with the burden of carrying out the Bank\$ter agenda. The Globalist New World Order is not merely fraying at the edges, but right at the very center so feared by McKinder and his latter-day acolyte Zbigniew Brzezinski.

  48. @Showmethereal

    Saddam never threatened Saudi Arabia and was duped by American ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie who assured him that the US would treat any conflict between Iraq and Kuwait as an internal Arab matter of no concern to to US foreign policy. This is after the American Embassy in Iraq pointed to Saddam Kuwaiti theft of Iraqi oil on the Southern border of Iraq. Saddam took the bait and the rest is history.

    The real beneficiary of this whole conflict was Israel which managed the destruction of the principal Arab army back then. The theatricals that preceded the war were one of the greatest insults to the American public who would be led into supporting a war of choice against Iraq, a country that could never threaten the interests of the U.S. and which is hardly known to Americans who would not be able to locate it on a world map. The MIC enhanced its raison d’etre as the first Iraq war shook the money tree for the armament companies after the collapse of the Soviet Union. And contrary to what Mr. Controlled Opposition Noam Chomsky claimed, big oil had no strategic interest in that war.

    It is a classic case of American foreign policy being sacrificed at the altar of Zionism. The U.S. which had the goodwill of most of the Middle East before the creation of Israel because she had never shed Muslim blood, as opposed to British and French colonial powers, became the most vilified villain to most of the Arab and Muslim world. Alas, the hypnotised masses dutifully fell in line mindlessly waving the Stars and Stripes.

    • Agree: RobinG, Daniel Rich
    • Thanks: emerging majority
  49. clyde says:
    @emerging majority

    “Clyde” bears all the earmarks of a Ha\$barfa \$ayanim. Mordantly amusing that he should choose such a quintessentially Scottish nom de plume.

    I’ll mark you down in the Muslim and ChiCom kiss ass column along with Pepe the silly/ You both Kiss their asses, they just kiss their magic allah conjuring carpets, as they mumble, stumble through allah’s name. It’s all the same.

    Soleimani got sliced and diced like a Hebrew National Salami into the frying pan. The frying pan of a missile sent his way. Or maybe the uber rich mullahs were sick of this turd, the bad PR he brought Iran and his antics. So gave the Israelis his coordinates.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  50. @Thor Walhovd

    Trump was a carnival act…

    That’s both the best and shortest summary of the Orange One I’ve ever seen.

    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
  51. Quibus says:

    The USA will pay an very heavy price for this murder, sooner or later, I am waiting for it !

  52. MEexpert says:

    [5 of the 12 Imams of Twelver Shiism have their mausoleums in Iraq]

    Pepe generally knows his facts but here he made an error. There are 6 of the 12 Imams buried in Iraq. One in Najaf, one in Karbala, two in Kadhmain, and two in Samara.

    • Replies: @Hossein
  53. Quibus says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    The Wheel of fortune is turning slowly, but on the end The USA et Israel will not more to be found, gone with the wind, the ashes I meen !

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  54. @Don Unf

    AND killing the enemy, including civilians, is a mitzvah, or sanctified good deed, in Talmudic Judaism. Hence the unrivaled record of assassinations of its victims that the Zionazi State is responsible for, and the manner in which they use their religious tracts to justify it. The Zionazis need only decree ALL goyim ‘enemies’, or even potential enemies, and we can see where this ends. ‘Rise and kill first’, as the Talmud says. And that has also included internecine bloodshed at times, particularly before the terror State was established. Hatred is a very dangerous emotion on which to create a ‘religion’, but it has lasted 3500 years, and metastasised in numerous ways, so we’re stuck with it.

  55. @clyde

    No, clyde is just another fifth-rate bullying thug who enjoys seeing his betters murdered by scum like himself. You find ‘clydes’ at the bottom of septic-tanks.

    • Troll: clyde
    • Replies: @emerging majority
  56. @Quibus

    I agree-it is inevitable. But where will humanity be? Drifting as ashes? The best thing that could happen for Jews and Americans is that the Evil terror states that supposedly represent them, disappear, and they are free to act as human beings, like the rest of us.

    • Replies: @RobinG
  57. anon[411] • Disclaimer says:

    It so happens that planning for the murder monopolized the figurehead’s attention during the crucial period when SARS-COV-2 reached the ankle of the logistic curve. Isolated outbreaks were coinciding, causing contagion to accelerate.

    In addition to being a calculated insult to a designated enemy state, Soleimani’s murder was another weapon in CIA’s harassment campaign against a president they didn’t authorize. Besides blaming China for CIA’s banned biological weapon, CIA gets to blame Trump for botching the response.

  58. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Aha. You are precisely describing him as one of the “Reverend” John Hager’s little “Christian” Zionist flock of the terminally deluded.

  59. @Joe Levantine

    Saddam never threatened Saudi Arabia and was duped by American ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie who assured him that the US would treat any conflict between Iraq and Kuwait as an internal Arab matter of no concern to to US foreign policy.

    The Americans had encouraged Hussein to join their war on Iran by grabbing border lands. That didn’t turn out well and the war left Iraq bankrupt. Iraq owed Arab nations lots of money and most agreed to write off half, except Kuwait. The richest nation that was originally part of Iraq, just laughed, knowing the Brits and Americans would protect them.

    There was never an Iraqi threat to Saudi Arabia, later proven by foreign satellite photos. The Bushites needed a ruse to send American troops into Saudi Arabia. After massive bombing, Hussein openly agreed to the UN demands and ordered his troops to withdraw. The US military slaughtered the withdrawing Iraq army along the highway of death and pursued them into Iraq itself. The Iranians enjoyed this while the US war machine profited.

  60. @emerging majority

    Clyde” bears all the earmarks of a Ha\$barfa \$ayanim. Mordantly amusing that he should choose such a quintessentially Scottish nom de plume.

    It’s a typo. His real name is Hyde Hide…

  61. Anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:

    The Beast has a soft belly and that is the Dollar. The Empire can do what they want only because they have unlimited amounts of money. Destroy the Dollar and you kill the Empire, the Beast.

    • Agree: Aedib
  62. @Showmethereal

    The Israeli leadership & neocons(a.k.a. neoTrotskyists) is trying with all its might to drag the United States into a war with Iran. It was expected that the response to the murder of Suleimani would serve as an excuse for escalation. But Iran responded with more than restraint. Then, half a year later, a leading nuclear physicist = Mohsen Fakhrizade was assassinated by the Mossad with no US involvement. Iran again reacted with more than restraint and thus did not give a reason for war. Must be a Neocons&co likes to pull death by the mustache. Because, If Iran attack, they’ll get more what they asked for.

    • Agree: chris
  63. Mike Tre says:
    @Zachary Smith

    The only dumbasses are the ones who think Trump was actually in control of any military policy as related to the middle east. the MIC was operating independent of him his entire presidency, and he was left with no choice but to take responsibility for the airstrikes and raids in Syria (some of which happened within days of him publicly ordering troops out of Syria), and the assassination of Soleimani.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  64. Anon[272] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wild Bill

    “Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.

    The advisers argued for a strike when Gen. Soleimani was traveling near Baghdad International Airport and could be targeted without hitting Iraqi civilians and in a place where the U.S. largely controls the airspace.
    That was one of “a few options” presented to Mr. Trump over the weekend after Christmas, all of which were all backed by the team, a senior defense official said. Other options may have been less provocative but would have resulted in more casualties, the official said. The final go-ahead was given to the Pentagon on Monday, Dec. 30, officials said. “The operation was planned very quickly,” said another U.S. official.”

    By Michael C. Bender , Michael R. Gordon , Gordon Lubold and Warren P. Strobel
    Jan. 9, 2020 8:19 pm ET
    The Wall Street Journal

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/trumps-new-national-security-team-made-fast-work-of-iran-strike-11578619195

    This article proves he knew and he agreed . Also proves he and his cabinet knew he was flying to Baghdad .

    • Agree: SBaker
  65. MLK says:

    No evidence whatsoever was provided to support the claim.

    Uh huh.

    https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2020/01/02/photos-reveal-damage-to-us-embassy-in-baghdad-following-attack-by-supporters-of-iran-backed-militia/

    Khatami let the cat out of the bag by tweeting Khomeini’s taunt, “You can’t do a damn thing about it,” to Trump. Which Democrat Senator Murphy repeated.

    It was a baldly obvious attempted replay of the Iranian hostage crisis that sunk Carter’s reelection in 1980. The Democrats and their media flacks even had the TV chyrons ready to go.

    Trump put his foot down. You characters should at least stop fibbing even if you won’t knock off the belly-aching.

    • Agree: SBaker
  66. RobinG says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    ….they [ Jews and Americans] are [would be] free to act as human beings…

    Could this be the most preposterous thing you’ve written? They are acting exactly as human beings now! Do you have some naively idealized concept of human nature? Get a grip. Even if we were invaded by space aliens, there would be humans who’d act (out of greed or self-interest) against their own kind. And perhaps worse than that, there are those who believe they’re acting in the best interests of ‘humanity’ and they’re willing to kill to prove it.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  67. I can’t even read this stuff anymore.
    Nobody trusts any of this.
    We can’t even dare go to a hospital for fear of being murdered in there.
    There is no more trust in journalists, government, institutions.
    Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto conjunction Jan 12, 2020.
    It is over.

    • LOL: El Dato
  68. @Joe Levantine

    Oh I know Saddam was a sucker and was duped… But my contention was that Bush 1 certainly got the US into that war. He was a “friend” of Saddam back in his CIA days… He knew what Saddam would and wouldn’t do… The Saudis also wanted to get rid of Saddam – in addition to Israel. But Bush left Saddam in power… All it did was make everyone unhappy… And then set the stage for his sons debacle a dozen years later.

    • Agree: Joe Levantine
  69. clyde says:

    The Saudis also wanted to get rid of Saddam – in addition to Israel. But Bush left Saddam in power… All it did was make everyone unhappy… And then set the stage for his sons debacle a dozen years later.

    The Saudis complained endlessly about Saddam Hussein, but were opposed to the US getting rid of him. With Saddam in power Iraq was a Sunni dominated nation. They were in the Sunni camp, same as Saudi Arabia. These days the Shiites dominate Iraq, giving Iran more influence in the greater Middle East. Thus giving Russia and China more inroads and influence there. We never should have gone into Iraq to overthrow Saddam. Our war there made the Shiite Iranians stronger.

    • Replies: @Showmethereal
  70. The real Soleimani spirit would only come about when Iraqis follow the Taliban approach of meeting the criminal occupiers head on. Relentlessly and mercilessly.

    • Replies: @Hossein
  71. Hossein says:
    @Justrambling

    Haha. Suleimani and the rest of the Mullas worked relentlessly with the great Satan against the Talibans and the former Iraqi government. Who do you think brought the mullas to power? It was western imperialism that wanted to destabilize the middle east, strengthen the Zionist power and use the new barking Dogs in Tehran to pressure the golf Arab countries to purchase billions in weapon, recognize the Zionist colonial entity and establish political and economic ties with Israel. Bingo. The Zionists are the winners, thanks to the Persian reactionary mullas.

    • Troll: Justrambling
    • Replies: @antibeast
  72. Hossein says:
    @MEexpert

    How many imams are there? Who selected them to be as such? as far as I know in Islam there is no such thing as hierarchy since those who ruled the Islamic kalifat after the death of prophet Muhammed were not related to him nor were member of his family with the exception of Ali who was his cousin and was the fourth Kalif. Also Islam has the concept of Shura, council, a democratic form of governance. The concept of Imam was created during the rule of Safavids who used brutal genocidal methods to convert the Sunni orthodox Muslim population to convert to Shiism or face demise.
    Shiism, as far as I know, has no Islamic origin and its core principals are against the Koran. Some even believe that western colonialism was instrumental in spreading shiism in order to split the Muslim pitting them against one another to weaken them, as the case with the Safavids who helped the west against the Ottoman empire.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  73. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hossein

    You are approaching this way too simplistically. It may be true that Iran became Shia through force by Safavids, but the mullahs aren’t easily labeled as western dupes. If they were, they wouldn’t have issued a stamp honoring the guy who assassinated Sadat.

    Or named a street after him for decades.
    Tehran City Council has renamed a street commemorating the assassin of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in a move expected to pave the way for the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cairo.
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/tehran-renames-street-to-improve-egypt-ties-1.965436

    • Replies: @Hossein
  74. @Mike Tre

    How many times a week do you have to chant

    … and he was left with no choice …

    to remain brainwashed?

    Go listen instead to Trump’s victory lapdog donor speech days after the murder of Soleimani. At least Mrs. Clinton’s cackling was spontaneous.

    When you ignore that these people attend each other’s weddings and play golf together, and then pick one over the other, you’re only helping them both.

    Voting is no longer merely fruitless. It’s masochistic.

    • Thanks: emerging majority
    • Replies: @Jack Sparrow
    , @Mike Tre
  75. antibeast says:
    @Hossein

    Who do you think brought the mullas to power?

    The West wanted to ‘weaponize’ Islamic fundamentalism against Soviet Communism in Central Asia which explains why they supported Ayatollah Khomeini against the Shah of Iran. To this end, the West deputized the House of Saud to promote Wahhabism by funding Madrassas all over the world while supporting the Mujahideen against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

    At the same time, the USA exploited the Sunni-Shiite rift by pitting Iraq against Iran, with the resulting Iraq-Iran War destabilizing the Middle East while pressuring the Saudis to purchase US-made weapons as defense against Shiite Iran. The USA then allowed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, only to be used as a pretext for the first US invasion of Iraq under Bush Sr. After 9/11, the West then turned around and ‘weaponized’ Islamic fundamentalism, by supporting Al-Qaeda and ISIS, against the Muslim World, after the second US invasion of Iraq toppled Saddam Hussein.

    The end-result is the bloody chaos engulfing the region today. The West is the biggest winner as weapons sales and bloody wars have brought vast profits to its Capitalist Class while keeping the Middle East in perpetual conflict. The Zionists are just ‘useful idiots’ to be used by the West as the proverbial ‘Sword of Damocles’ against the Arabs and Iranians in the Middle East.

    • Replies: @Yee
    , @mulga mumblebrain
  76. Yee says:
    @antibeast

    The Zionists are just ‘useful idiots’ to be used by the West as the proverbial ‘Sword of Damocles’ against the Arabs and Iranians in the Middle East.

    Agree to all except one. The Zionists are not idiots of any kind, they are outstanding bargainers. They do a service and have been handsomely rewarded, unlike the stupid Aussie doing it at their own cost.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  77. @Fred777

    Nope, the reason he was murdered is because he would’t play ball. Unlike the totally corrupt traitors that inhabit the US congress.

  78. @Sauli Niinistö vapaamuurari

    It’s not a villa on the hill that you imagine. Even if laid seige to for a decade, it would survive.
    It’s not just a country, it’s a bankers warren and an anally retentive land obsessed with cleanliness.
    Thankfully the young seem to be breaking away from the stereotype.

  79. FHTEX says:
    @Showmethereal

    The illegality of the Solemani move is clear–but the purpose is not. Many powerful parties in Iran and Iraq wanted Soleimani out of the way, as he and his Quds force was a threat to only not only the Iranian government but also to long-range plans for rapprochement in Southwest Asia, with Iran reducing its involvement in Syria and elsewhere. The fact that the Iranian response was so muted at the time speaks loudly. And, even two years later, despite Escobar’s lionizing of Soleimani, his death is marked by only small rallies.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
    , @Anon
  80. @Rev. Spooner

    When this happened I knew that there was no hope for the Trump presidency. It would be basically business as usual and then he actually one upped himself in the stupidity category with “operation warp speed.” Then left his loyal followers to flounder in a DC gulag. Orange man bad.

  81. @Greta Handel

    When people tell me he was forced to do this stupid thing or the other I always point out then he is not helping. The fact that he can be forced into doing things to destroy our country is an indictment not a recommendation.

  82. Mike Tre says:
    @Greta Handel

    LOL brainwashed! But you’re right he had a choice. He could have publicly stated that he had no control over his military as CINC. At that point he may as well have pulled a revolver from his waist and blown his own brains out. Someone else was bound to do it shortly thereafter anyway. He was in full damage control mode when taking credit for the Soleimani hit.

    You think me pointing out that he had no control of the military (I’m not even sure Obama did either) is some perverted defense of the man as president. it isn’t. It’s an indictment. Scroll through my comment history. You’ll find no praise for Trump. The rest of your screed is unrelated to the issue.

  83. antibeast says:
    @Yee

    If the Aussies were willing to trade places with the Zionists, I am sure they would be thrilled to spend their days dealing with rocket attacks from the Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Come to think of it, the Zionists should have asked for Australia to become the national home for the Jewish Diaspora, instead of Palestine. As it were, the Anglos settled in not just one but two continents for themselves — Australia and New Zealand — while the Zionists got nothing but a barren land full of Arab suicide bombers. Remember it is the Zionists who have to deal with rocket attacks and suicide bombers while the Aussies get to surf all day and drink beer all night.

    So who benefits from the bloody mess that is the Muddle East today? The Zionists? Not really.

    • Troll: mulga mumblebrain
    • Replies: @littlereddot
    , @Jazman
  84. @clyde

    Well that is what the dumb MIC does. First off it backed Saddam for almost a decade hoping he would topple Iran. He failed and within a few years was discarded like a tampon. Then when he realized that and tried to remove Iraqi oil from the US dollar system – he was taken out via hanging. The MIC is foolish and vindictive.

    Just for the record – far more Sunnis want to see the US hurt than do Shia. You might want to check who is the most aggressive at jihad. Sunnis by far are involved in worldwise terror and have the desire of the worldwide caliphate. Shia have more local conflicts.

  85. @Mike Tre

    Scrolling 2,291 comments would take me quite a while.

    1. Did you vote for him in 2016?

    2. Did you vote for him in 2020?

  86. If Trump hadn’t taken responsibility for this deed, I’m sure the Republican leadership in the Senate would have invented a spurious reason to vote with the Democrats to impeach Trump.

  87. This was a particularly reprehensible and treacherous act and all the Israelis did was to confirm that he was on the aeroplane from Damascus.

  88. @FHTEX

    Blatant Zionazi disinfo. Repulsive.

  89. @antibeast

    The pitting of Shia against Sunni, and support for Wahhabist butchers have been Zionazi strategy since at least 1948. The Oded Yinon Plan put it all in black and white.

    • Replies: @antibeast
    , @clyde
  90. @RobinG

    OK, you old…realist. Make that ‘…DECENT human beings’. Such exist you know, and if we do not increase their number and put them in charged, we are fecked.

  91. @antibeast

    You have a point. Who was using whom?

    If the volume of the Anglo protestations against Jewish manipulations of the West is anything to go by, then the one sitting quietly in the corner trying to escape notice is probably the guilty party.

    When the Larouche folks point an accusing finger at the Brits being the empire that never died, but whose shadowy elites instead left that rotting corpse and inserted itself into an American host…maybe they weren’t so far wrong?

    • Replies: @antibeast
  92. The day of this assassination the US and Israel will come to regret. For all intents and purposes that day was already the Great Reset…

  93. antibeast says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    Your timeline is wrong. After the founding of the State of Israel, the Zionists had to deal with Arab nationalists who wanted to establish a pan-Arab State encompassing the whole of the Levant and Mesopotamia. Arab nationalism not Islamic fundamentalism was the driving force behind Arab opposition to Israel. Even the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem opposed the Zionists because he was an Arab nationalist who wanted Palestine to become part of a pan-Arab State.

    The Arab League later attempted to ‘instrumentalize’ Palestinian nationalism by creating the PLO. But the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan freaked out the Yanks who resorted to ‘weaponizing’ Islamic fundamentalism by supporting the Afghan Mujahideen and Saudi Wahhabism against the USSR. That’s how Osama Bin Laden became the national hero of Saudi Wahhabists who fought against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

    After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Western intelligence agencies (CIA/MI6) and the Iranian Mullahs then took advantage of the ensuing chaos by ‘weaponizing ‘ Islamic fundamentalism through al-Qaeda/ISIS and the Shiite militias, respectively, resulting in the Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict we see in the Muddle East today. Throw in the Kurds and the Turks plus the USA and Russia and you get a bloody mess.

    • Replies: @Hossein
  94. antibeast says:
    @littlereddot

    One way to look at the West is to say that the Zionists are using the Anglos to serve the interests of Israel.

    But another way to look at Israel is to say that the Anglos are using the Zionists to serve the interests of the West.

    The Jew-baiters here would have you believe that the Anglos do not have any agency of their own but act only if told to do so by Zionists.

    But the words and deeds of the Yanks do confirm that the Anglos act to serve the interests of their tribe, in a way that the Jews are accused of doing the same. The difference is that you don’t hear complaints about the Anglos but always hear gripes about Zionists.

    • Replies: @Jack Sparrow
    , @clyde
  95. JamesinNM says:

    Another imperialistic act of war. Read Romans 2:28-29, Revelation 2:9 and 3:9, and the Oded Yinon Plan. Research Khazaria and the Khazars. At the final judgement, the truth will be shouted from the rooftops, and all evil will suffer the second death and burn for eternity. Life is a mere breath, but eternity is forever. Choose wisely in this brief life, as your eternal destiny depends on your choice.

  96. @antibeast

    So you are saying people here are not complaining about the Bushes 1 and 2, Cheney, Rumsfeld, John McCain, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and Trump? Is there an anglo version of the ADL in Israel that lobbies the Israeli government as a special interest group? Does Israel send billions of dollars to the U.S. to support our military in usurping land from the indigenous people? Are people in Israel charged with anti Anglicism? Is anyone anywhere for that matter? So you are saying though the whole arrangement isn’t as one sided as it seems. hmmmm. I’ll consider it. Ok, I have given it some thought. No, it is decidedly one sided. I could be convinced otherwise, but it will take something more than just suggesting it is a possibility.

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  97. clyde says:
    @antibeast

    The Jew-baiters here would have you believe that the Anglos do not have any agency of their own but act only if told to do so by Zionists.
    But the words and deeds of the Yanks do confirm that the Anglos act to serve the interests of their tribe, in a way that the Jews are accused of doing the same. The difference is that you don’t hear complaints about the Anglos but always hear gripes about Zionists.

    Those Zio-mind rays are very powerful. Two of their top victims are now turned into zio-zombies. Zionist controlled zombies. I am talking about fake minister Louis Farrakhan and stormfront’s Andrew Anglin. Mulgo Mumblebean is also a zio-dupe, but since he is never seen without his tin foil hat on, the Zionist’s mind rays bounce off his thick noggin.

  98. clyde says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    The pitting of Shia against Sunni, and support for Wahhabist butchers have been Zionazi strategy since at least 1948. The Oded Yinon Plan put it all in black and white.

    The Sunni and Shi have been squabbling, fighting, killing each other ever since Muhammed croaked. It all started out as, who is the legitimate successor to Muhammed? Of course, way back then, these two warring factions did not call themselves Sunni and Shiite.

    The origin of Shia–Sunni relations can be traced back to a dispute over the succession to the Islamic prophet Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic community. After the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in 632, a group of Muslims, who would come to be known as the Sunnis, believed that Muhammad’s successor should be Abu Bakr whereas a second group of Muslims, who would come to be known as the Shia, believed that his successor should have been Ali. This dispute spread across various parts of the Muslim world, which eventually led to the Battle of Jamal and Battle of Siffin. Sectarianism based on this historic dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Husayn ibn Ali and some of his close partisans, including members of his household, were killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for revenge divided the early Islamic community into two groups although disproportionately, the Sunni and the Shia. This is known today as the Islamic schism.[1]

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  99. Jazman says:
    @antibeast

    What a shame what is going on in Australia with Novak Djokovic

  100. antibeast says:
    @Jack Sparrow

    As a client State of the USA, Israel exists to serve the interests of the West which precludes it from acting in its own strategic interests.

    Let me cite one example:

    A secular Iran under the Shah could have been the natural ally of Israel against Arab nations but the West ended up deposing the Shah and installing the lunatic Khomeini who turned Iran into the Islamic dirthole it is today with Iranians chanting ‘Death to Israel’ everyday.

    Cui bono? Not Israel.

    The West benefits from the sectarian conflicts engulfing the region with Iranian-backed Shiite militias fighting against Israel and the Saudi-backed al-Qaeda/ISIS terrorist groups. That would never have happened under the Shah of Iran who was deposed because he had become too nationalistic to the West, just as his Socialist predecessor Mossadegh had been.

    Either a Socialist or a Nationalist Iran would have been the best outcome as the secular Iranians would have served as the moderating force for the whole region. But a secular, wealthy and powerful Iran would not serve the interests of the West. And that’s why the West made sure that the Muddle East is a bloody mess today.

  101. @antibeast

    The Shah was more beneficial to the U.S. and Israel as well and that is why he was installed by the CIA. The Iranians had a revolution to remove the U.S. puppet, the Shah, who then moved to Mexico. The Shah was deposed by the Iranians and very much against the will of the U.S. Israel. That is why there is constant saber rattling of the neocons toward Iran, who has never attacked us in any way, with the exception of taking out our puppet from their country. How dare they?Crippling sanctions have been applied and everything has been done to regain control of Iran. I think you have it completely backward as to who we were supporting and who not.

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  102. Pepe Escobar sempre preciso.

  103. antibeast says:
    @Jack Sparrow

    Khomeini arrived from Paris in an Air France jet, accompanied by an entourage of Western media personnel while the Shah fled to the USA amidst public protests and an army mutiny.

    That’s called ‘regime change’.

    • Replies: @Jack Sparrow
  104. Hossein says:
    @antibeast

    The Persian Mullas and their predecessor worked tirelessly against the cause of revolutionary Arab nationalism. Their fear is the existence of millions of Arabs in the southwest that before 1925 was an independent enclave. It was called Arabistsn or as the Arabs themselves call it Alahwaz. that is where the oil, gas and water is located though by building several dams they tried, criminally, to relocate millions of them to the center and turn them into stateless landless refugees, just like the Zionists with Palestinians. Suleimani himself was the one behind opening several dams to cause severe flooding resulting in death of hundreds and creation of massive man-made disaster. It did not work and both he and other racist “Aryan”mullas were defeated again by these Arabs. The same happened in Baluchistan. They tried to divide that province to several pieces, and it failed as well. The whole massive program of forced assimilation of Arabs,Turks,Baluch,Turkmon and Kurds have been decisively defeated and Persianism is breathing its last breath and facing total defeat.
    Honestly, I am not sure why this man who was involved in ethnic cleansing of his own citizens and murdering thousands of innocent men, women and children by fermenting sectarianism is lionized and compared to a great man like Che. It is baffling and shocking that someone like Escobar is involved in such absurdity elevating an ethnocentric, racist and sectarian man to such level.

    • Replies: @littlereddot
  105. Hossein says:
    @Anonymous

    So, what, mate? They support the brotherhood in order to find a foothold in Egypt, but they miserably failed. The expansionist plans of Imperialist wannabe Persian regimes, during the rule of the Shah and presently, have always been to destabilize the Arab countries on behalf of Western Imperialism and share the booty with their greedy handlers while at the same time de-Arabize countries like Iraq,Syria and Lebanon. They neither have the power and the Arabs in those countries, the centers of Arab nationalism, will ever agree to that. The vicious Zionists used every deceptive and violent means to do the same with Palestinian Arab nationalists. It never worked. The so called clever mullas are using shiism as a tool to achieve that monstrous goal of dividing and conquering the Arab countries and exact revenge upon them for destroying their rotten Empire many centuries ago.
    Who do you really think has benefitted from all of this regional rivalries?bloodshed,sectarianism?It is the colonial Zionist entity and Imperialism.
    Also please do not forget that during the rule of Safavid barbarians the colonial powers used those vicious criminals to exact a heavy blow against Muslims worldwide. That is a known fact and by installing this dreadful reactionary new regime they were able to once again tear apart whatever unity existed, however not significant, to exact a new more horrendous blow against Muslims.

    • Thanks: antibeast
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  106. @Hossein

    Thank you for that informative comment. I am largely unfamiliar with the details of the situation in Iran, so you have put new angle on it for me.

    My own thoughts is that Escobar is looking at it from a larger perspective. While Soleimani may indeed have done all those nefarious deeds, he did it to strengthen the Persian cause. Again I make judgement as to whether he was right or wrong, but simply to understand why he did what he did. But in the end, Persians are about the last credible resistance in the region against the US empire.

    I live in a part of the world that would be engulfed in flames should the US succeed in pitting off various parties against China. I am under no illusion as to who the real instigator behind tensions in Southeast Asia is. While we are wary of a big and powerful China, we know that the present and pressing danger is not Xi, but a increasingly insane and desperate USA.

    • Agree: mulga mumblebrain
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  107. Anon[494] • Disclaimer says:
    @FHTEX

    Lot of powerful people in this country and abroad want certain politicians out and wanted a slew of dirt bag politicians out of 10 Downing Street and of DC .
    Did they fail because they did not teach the ME terrorist well?

  108. @littlereddot

    I just saw the hideous Pompeo, Evil Incarnate, now in his ‘..lean and hungry (for blood)’, mode, with another Fox psychopath, spewing DERANGED hatred at China. The CCP, don’t you know, is starving people in Xian, who are forced to sell their precious family goods to buy cardboard to eat, and locking the city down to try to fix ‘the mess’ that they imposed on the world. As Pompeo is my pick for the Primo Psychopathpo behind the bio-war attack ON China, that shows admirable chutzpah. It does illustrate, yet again, how the Evil Gehenna of Western propaganda and the MSM sewer (apologies to faeces)that serves it, have no outer limits to the filthy lies they will fabricate and peddle without question in order to foment race and civilizational hatred against China, to prepare the serfs for World Race War One.
    Then, bizarrely, but only for human intelligences, Pompeo warned US athletes off going to the Beijing Winter Olympics, because they might be kidnapped by the dreaded CCP. Really! Those who the Gods have finally gotten around to destroying, they first make barking mad.

    • Replies: @littlereddot
  109. @antibeast

    Israel a client of the USA-a communication from ‘Upside Down World’, somewhere East of Bizarro. Fluent pilpul delivered with practised chutzpah.

  110. @clyde

    Yes, Moshe-such hatreds are rife around the planet, but the deliberate exacerbating of such hatreds, so easy to achieve with a few murderous hirelings, is the very essence of Divide and Rule, or Divide and Destroy in Zionazi ambitions.

  111. @mulga mumblebrain

    I comfort myself with the thought that the mad dog only has its bark left. It is my belief that the mad dog has already been defanged and declawed by a combined Russia and China. It will continue to bark and growl, till it finally realises that it does no good and only makes its throat sore. Maybe then the gods may let the Filipinos turn it into roast dog. Till then it rather amusing to see how infantile and delusional the Yanks can really be. Not just Pompeo, but all down the line through their MSM, and even the everyday folks like the commenters on this site.

    What will be coming in the time frame of 10 to 20 years might be more interesting, I think…. how the future tri polar world will shape up. With a weakened USA, tensions between China and Russia will be inevitable. The two weaker powers will surely gang up against the strongest third power. We will probably see a Romance of the Three Kingdoms revisited LOL.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  112. @antibeast

    I agree it is regime change but Khomeini was never our guy. The one we installed was the Shah. That was a regime change. The Iranians tossed the Shah. Why would the U.S take the Shah out and of course harbor him as well and then cut off ties to Iran altogether? Every recent move in the middle east is aimed at getting Iran to bow to the U.S., Israel, and NATO. As far as Khomeini arriving on and Air France jet, well the French may have been somewhat independent at that time. They also had nuclear scientists working with the Iranians at one time. But France is now fully occupied territory and Iran has allied itself with Russia and China.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  113. antibeast says:
    @Jack Sparrow

    Regime change is indeed regime change! My question is: why did the West allow regime change to happen in the most pro-Israel country in the Middle East back then, Iran, which has transmogrified into the most anti-Israel country in the world today? Could the Zionists have prevented Khomeini from seizing power in Iran? Or was this whole thing a US Deep State psyops intended to be a propaganda charade (to destroy Carter’s Presidency, thus ushering in the Reagan Revolution) which turned out to be a geopolitical disaster for the State of Israel?

    • Replies: @Jack Sparrow
  114. @antibeast

    The answer is the west did not allow it and would never have allowed it. It was my understanding that this revolution was the Iranian people with the military and not orchestrated by the U.S and her allies. There was some shady dealings that went on to help Reagan against Carter. The Iranians were willing to hand over the hostages but individuals within the deep state convinced them to keep the hostages to be released under Reagan.

    • Replies: @antibeast
  115. antibeast says:
    @Jack Sparrow

    You’re just belaboring my point which you can’t deny: the West did allow the regime change in Iran which went from being the foremost pro-Israel country in the Middle East to the most anti-Zionist country in the world today.

    Carter lost his reelection bid due to political backstabbing from within the US Deep State which was keen to usher in what became known as the Reagan Revolution. His single biggest mistake was to allow the neurotic Khomeini to return to Iran while not doing enough to preserve the Persian monarchy. His failure to resolve the US hostage crisis pretty much doomed Carter to the status of a lame duck President who could only watch his own US Deep State arrange for the fatal accident of the US military rescue teams while his Republican rival cuts a backroom deal with the Iranians NOT to release their US hostages to subvert his re-election bid.

    Ironically, Carter enunciated what became known as the ‘Carter Doctrine’, which mandates US military intervention in the Middle East to protect the vital strategic interests of the USA. Despite brokering the Camp David Accords which made Egypt sign a historic peace treaty with Israel, Carter didn’t or couldn’t do anything to stop the regime change in Iran, the failure of which has led to the geopolitical cataclysms in the Middle East, still being felt to this day.

  116. antibeast says:
    @Hossein

    That was a concise yet cogent analysis of the geopolitical realities of the Middle East. But the decline of US influence in the Middle East in the coming decades could hasten the ongoing revival of ancient rivalries between the Arabs, Turks and Iranians, in addition to the upstart Zionist bid, for regional hegemony.

    None of the four regional players — Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel — could claim any kind of moral authority in their quest to expand their political influence in the region. All have quasi-imperial ambitions, limited only by the temporary intrusions of extra-regional powers such the UK and France before WWII, followed by the superpowers USA and USSR during the Cold War. Their only option is to side with an outside Power such as Russia or China as the influence of the incumbent Power — the USA — declines in the future.

  117. @littlereddot

    The insane mendacity and aggression regarding Ukraine makes me think that the psychos have chosen Universal Death, to resolve their problems. The local presstitutes are besides themselves with something not unlike joy when regurgitating their Imperial lies. The ‘females’ even the superannuated ones, let their voices rise to that high pitch that one associates with teenage girls of excitable nature, when the prospect of war with Russia is raised. They seem truly not to understand that Russia is NOT Iraq.

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