Mere weeks after 9/11, US General Wesley Clark was shown a memo from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s office that outlined a plan to “take out” 7 countries in 5 years — “Iraq…Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
We’re far passed five years since the general saw the memo, but the plan has continued nonetheless. Iran, it finally seems, is now officially and directly in play. The Pentagon and White House have gone rogue, spit on the constitution, and effectively, through their actions, launched a major war without the expressed consent of Congress.
Make no mistake about it. The assassination of Iran’s top general is an act of war.
Since President Donald Trump stepped into office, he has surrounded himself with notorious military industrial complex hawks — most notably Mike Pompeo (former Head of Nex-Tech, former Director of the CIA) and Mark Esper (former VP of Government Relations at Raytheon). They have been pushing for war with Iran at every turn.
This isn’t even to mention Trump’s unnerving coziness with Iran’s sworn enemies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of whom son-in-law Jared Kushner was made special envoy for the White House to upon Trump’s inauguration. Since, Trump has backed Israel’s internationally illegal theft of Palestinian land and offered Saudi Arabia the US military at their command, showing their interests are his interests.
Beginning with his tearing up of the nuclear agreement made between Iran and the Obama Administration, and furthered by the enacting of crippling sanctions, Trump has now, with the unprovoked targeting of Major-General Qassem Soleimani (2nd only to the Ayatollah in recent authority), escalated the likelihood of all out war to unnavoidable.
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In response, Ayatollah Khamenei has declared 3 days of mourning in Iran, and threatened that “severe revenge awaits the criminals who have stained their hands with his & the other martyrs’ blood last night.”
Iran’s Foreign Minster Javad Zarif called General Soleimani’s assassination and “act of international terrorism” and a “dangerous and foolish act of aggression” before warning: “the US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.”
For those unaware of the full implications here, allow me to enlighten you with some cold, hard facts.
Iran is not a third world, broke down, backwoods nation. It is a fanatical, theocratic, Middle Eastern powerhouse of nearly 100 million people.
Ranked 14th on the planet for its military strength by GFP, it holds a near million-man army, with approximately 40 million residents fit-for-service. It also has close ties to many Shia militaries in the region.
This isn’t to mention Iran’s close ties to Russia and China — ranked 2nd and 3rd in global military strength — who all together just completed military exercises in the Gulf of Oman.
The most important achievement of these drills … is this message that the Islamic republic of Iran cannot be isolated. These exercises show that relations between Iran, Russia and China have reached a new high level while this trend will continue in the coming years.”-Vice-admiral Gholamreza Tahani, a deputy commander with the Iranian Navy.
While chicken-hawks everywhere seem to be relishing in the provocating assassination of Major-General Qassem Soleimani — and ten Iraqi PMF commanders and fighters — what they’re clearly not realizing is this could lead to world war. At the very least, a devastating skirmish in the Middle East is about to explode that has the possibility of spilling out far beyond its borders. In other words, this battle could be brought directly to any of our doors. The possibility of vast numbers of innocent people being killed — men, women, and worse, children — is far from fantasy.
No matter what the future holds, this illegally launched provication — launched in a sovereign state without the permission of its government against two separate militaries (Iraq’s PMF and the entire nation of Iran) — will be considered an egregious act of war by the other side, and will be answered in kind. Aside from being ridiculously expensive, it is likely to get extremely ugly from here on out.
You know my position: war is to be fought… AGAINST.
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