by: Brent Smith
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There was a State Funeral yesterday. One in which CNN reported: “Tehran’s streets were packed with black-clad mourners Monday as a sea of people turned out to pay their respects to Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad last week.”
“The mourners clutched photographs of Soleimani,” added an apparently sympathetic CNN, “a revered and powerful figure who headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps elite Quds Force and led Iran’s overseas operations. Posters with his image, and a black backdrop, were plastered across the capital.”
And yes, CNN is correct. The streets of Tehran were completely clogged with people. How many were actual mourners is anyone’s guess.
In other words, how many “mourners” wanted to be elsewhere, but felt for their own safety and well-being, they had better show up and act the part of distraught supporters … or else.
I liken it to virtually all other evil dictatorial regimes, whose citizens are told where to be and how to act.
How many North Koreans really wish to attend another of Kim Jong Un’s military parades? How many Europeans wanted to wave a little Nazi flag as storm-troopers marched by on their once-peaceful streets.
Yet we’re expected to believe that this evil S.O.B. was wept over by a fawning populous. Please.
As on January, 2019, Mike Pompeo estimated that approximately 5,000 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war.
Of those 5,000, about 20% were killed by Iran. Oh, not directly by Iranian forces. Former, and seriously dead General Qassem “Pieces” Soleimani, had his proxies do it for him. I nicknamed him “Pieces,” because that’s all that was left of him.
And many of those 1,000 dead were killed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) made in Iran by Iranians and sent to their terrorist proxies in Iraq to be planted for the sole purpose of executing American service members. And this doesn’t even account for the countless casualties that weren’t killed, but seriously wounded.
In addition to assembled IEDs, Soleimani’s elite Quds Force also provided bomb making materials, assembly expertise and tactical training to their terrorist proxies in Iraq.
Pompeo also pointed to just some of Soleimani’s handiwork over the decades that resulted in American and allied lives.
These attacks included, “the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 U.S. service members, and the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel. In 2011, the Quds Force also plotted to bomb a restaurant in Washington, D.C., and kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.”
The world is a better place without Soleimani in it. He wasn’t a general – he wasn’t a State official worthy of a State funeral. He was just a terrorist, who ran a global terror network – no better than Osama bin Laden. And he and the IRGC have been doing it for 40 years.
So pardon me if I don’t shed a tear for the departed General.
And next up is Soleimani’s successor, General Esmail Ghaani. Buckle up pal, because depending on your actions, you’re not long for this world either!