We Reject the US Attack and the Assassination of the Iranian General

The Pentagon confirmed that the US Army, by order of President Donald Trump, is responsible for a drone attack at Baghdad airport that killed General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the elite Al Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, in charge of the operations of that country abroad.
By IWL-FI, 1/4/2020
Soleimani is one of the strong men of the Ayatollah regime’s power core. It has been said that Soleimani fulfilled the role as architect of the Iranian armed forces and intelligence apparatus over the last two decades. Some analysts even consider him the most powerful person in the country after the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. His death is a blow to Tehran.
Trump’s military action is an unacceptable provocation. It will have unpredictable consequences in the economic, political and possibly military fields. For now, Ali Khamenei, assured a “severe revenge.” The US announced the deployment of 3,500 more troops to the region, to reinforce the nearly 5,200 troops regularly stationed in Iraq. The price of crude oil shot up more than 4% in the markets in anticipation of an escalation of war. The world is on red alert.
The IWL-FI strongly condemns this new imperialist attack that threatens the sovereignty of Iran and Iraq. The world hegemonic power shows, once again, its oppressive character in the Middle East, a region particularly drenched with the blood of entire peoples massacred through wars of conquest; of military coups sponsored by US capital; and, as if this were not enough, through Washington’s firm support for genocidal theocratic dictators for decades, beginning with the Zionist state of Israel and Saudi Arabia.
If the imperialist plunder is insatiable, which has already claimed countless lives in the Middle East, it is possible that Trump’s motives, in ordering this action, are even more petty. At the domestic level, there are enough reasons to associate, at least partially, this unexpected attack with electoral calculations of the current White House inhabitant, eager to galvanize the most conservative and warmongering sectors of the electorate.  Perhaps it was to divert attention from the impeachment process that Trump recently suffered in the House of Representatives. It might even reflect a possible intention to indirectly help his strategic ally in the region, the genocidal State of Israel, whose government is going through a major political crisis and will also go through a complicated electoral process. Israel, faced with the possible Iranian response, did not delay in declaring maximum alert.
In a hypocritical way, Trump justified the attack by claiming that Soleimani was a bloodthirsty commander inside and outside his country that “should have died many years ago.” Certainly, Soleimani was not only a key piece in the Iranian dictatorial-theocratic regime, but also made up its most repressive and warmongering wing. It is estimated that the brutal repression of recent protests in Iran caused between 200 and 400 deaths.
In addition, his hands are covered with blood following his participation, commanding Iranian death squads, in Syria and Iraq. As is known, in Syria the Iranian regime – together with Russia, Hezbollah and China – is responsible for its bloody repression of the popular revolution and for maintaining the murderous dictator Bashar Al-Assad in power. In Iraq, the general was responsible for the murder of thousands of demonstrators in the ongoing revolution. It is not difficult to understand why many Iraqi protesters – who have spent months confronting the government leaving more than 400 dead – have celebrated his death.
But nobody can fool themselves with the supposed humanitarian motives of US imperialism. The attack that killed Soleimani can only be understood in the context of permanent US hostility to Iranian sovereignty, particularly its nuclear weapons development project. After a progressive disarmament agreement reached by the Obama administration – which represented a huge capitulation by the Ayatollahs -, President Trump broke that pact in 2018 and resumed economic sanctions. The murder of the main military figure in Iran opens a serious escalation in this conflict in an explosive context.
For example, on December 31, thousands of protesters surrounded the US Embassy in Baghdad in retaliation for an American attack on the border of Iraq with Syria that left 25 dead. There were shouts of ‘Death to America.’
Without granting any political support to the dictatorial Ayatollah regime, we stand with the Iranian people against any imperialist aggression. It is time to express, in the streets, a complete repudiation of Trump’s attack on Iran and Iraq.
At the same time, in all of our countries we must express support for the uprisings that continue to shake the region;  mainly in Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran itself.
US Imperialists – Hands off Iran, Iraq and the Middle East!

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