Soleimani was instrumental in several key events of the past 4 decades. He was instrumental in the Hezbollah takeover of Lebanon. He assisted Hezbollah in their political defeat of Israel in Lebanon. He was a major orchestrator of Shi’a militias in Iraq and insurgents in Afghanistan during the current Global War On Terror. I know we’re not supposed to call it that anymore. Nonetheless, that war on ideology is more global now than when Obama went full PC and forced the name change.
Soleimani has been a thorn in the side of the West for decades.
But why is the West still treading paths that lead them to that thorn.
Why is the West incessantly meddling in the Middle East? Why have US political leaders from FDR to Dwight David Eisenhower to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, his father and Barack Obama kept the US in the Middle East. Why have we interposed ourselves within the Shi’a-Sunni divide. Why are we constantly involved in regime change in Islamic countries?
We’ve been meddling there since World War I. We have supported, thanks to the British and French, the creation of several Frankenstein monster States. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Syria and Israel to name a few. None of these States are stable. None can exist without outside support and interference. Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq have been on the British or US teat since their creation. Syria and Algeria would in no way exist without having been colonial creations of the French. Certainly, they’ve operated independently for decades. Yet, they always run to the West when they, again, run into trouble.
All of these Middle Eastern nations, excepting possibly Israel, are controlled by despotic regimes. The people of these States have no real conception of being a nationality. Instead, they are a conglomeration of tribes, ethnicities, religions and mutated cultures mashed together for political expediency. And, one might cynically say, so that they can never unite and become a real Nation State for that was never the intent of the West.
The West has always understood that a united Islam or a united Middle East would be a threat. Though, I’m not certain that the political leaders of Western Europe retain this knowledge. Possibly, they do and have a death wish which is why they have allowed such open migration of Islamic masses to the shores of Europe.
Soleimani wanted the West out. He wanted Iran to fill that power vacuum.
Saudi Arabia stands in his way as does Israel.
Why is America standing between this inevitable showdown? Why did we remove Saddam Hussein who was the only man standing between that showdown?
Removing Saddam was a mistake.
Every foreign policy decision stemming from that mistake has been a mistake.
Now that Saddam is gone. Only Saudi Arabia can confront Iran. If Israel does so, it would unite the Sunni and Shi’a against Israel because Muslims will alway stand together against “the infidel” or kuffar.
Why is the US still meddling when we should be using Saudi Arabia as a proxy. We should still be using Saddam as a proxy.
Us troops should never have been re-introduced to the Middle East after Beirut. It was a mistake then. It was a mistake in 1990. It was a mistake in 2003. It is a mistake now. There is no end to the blood feud between the Shi’a and Sunni short of the destruction of Islam. There is no end to the Arab-Israeli conflict short of the complete destruction of Israel or Islamic unity. Likewise, there will never be an end to religious persecutions in the Middle East. Not even the complete destruction of Islam will accomplish this. Christians have always done the same and would simply pick up the persecution mantle if they replaced Islam.
Soleimani was a key figure in all of those conflicts. He would have continued to be a key figure in all of those conflicts.
Soleimani was instrumental in killing Americans and other Westerners in the Middle East and anywhere Shi’a terrorist plied their trade. He would have continued to kill if he had lived.
Trump, in my opinion, made the realistic decision. He ordered the killing of a successful leader of the enemies of the West. He should do so again if given the opportunity.
I do not believe that Iran has the courage to “go to war” with the US. They’ll talk a good game. They’ll attack some targets. They would have anyway. The conflict will go on.
The United States should not commit to regime change in Iran.
If Iran does strike out at the US, I would be for bombing Qom and killing Ayatollah Khamenai. I would not be for invasion. I would be for punitive incursion. Lightning quick strikes inside Iran at key targets. In and out. Never invasion.
The United States cannot afford to be fearful of spilling the blood of our enemies.
If we are going to remain committed to being World Police. We should be committed to taking out the enemy wherever he or she might lie in hiding. Kill them. Destroy their will to fight. Sanctions will not accomplish much. To destroy the will to fight, we have to make it incomprehensible for the enemy to go on. They have to believe that the United States will do everything and anything that it takes to win.
If we aren’t willing to do that, we should bring the troops home.
I believe that we should bring our troops home.
We should disband NATO. We should leave Europe.
We should become a nation of merchants…with a scorpion’s tail. Trade with us in peace. Attack us and die.
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.