Leaders of countries who live in a state of fear, either through being squeezed economically or the fear of being attacked from outside their borders don’t retreat, they attack whomever they fear. In essence, it has a two-fold effect.
One is to show their own population they had better not revolt against their leaders, or else they will be persecuted or slaughtered, as has been the case in Iran and the second is by attacking its outside adversaries. Combined, these two measures have a deranged gargantuan appeal to Iran’s arrogant, lust-seeking Supreme Leader, its theocratic government and their military.
This is not the Carter-Clinton era.
The recent siege on the US Embassy in Baghdad by Khomeini’s proxy henchmen eventually showed what can happen if you cross the red line and attempt to mess around with diplomatic territory belonging to the US. In this respect, history obviously had no meaning for Ayatollah Khomeini or General Qusem Soleimani and what was in store for them.
Some 33 years ago, on 14 April 1986, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation to announce that he had authorized a series of airstrikes against Libya. The military action was ordered as retaliation for a Berlin terrorist bombing, which Reagan describes as the latest act in Libya’s “reign of terror.”
It was reported Libya symbolised high importance for President Ronald Reagan. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was firmly anti-Israel and had supported violent organizations in the Palestinian territories and Syria. In addition, there were reports that Libya was attempting to become a nuclear power.
On 5 April 1986, Libyan agents bombed “La Belle” nightclub in West Berlin, killing three people, one being a U.S. serviceman and injuring 229 people.
In response, Ronald Reagan, on 14 April 1986, ordered an air raid on Libya with the stated objective of sending a message and reducing Libya’s ability to support and train terrorists. Reagan warned that “if necessary, [they] shall do it again.”
Thereafter, Gaddafi announced, in a style today befitting a Khomeini, that he had “won a spectacular military victory over the United States” and the country was officially renamed the “Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”.
Gaddafi went on to add, reconciliation between Libya and the United States was impossible so long as Reagan was in the White House; of the president, he said, “He is mad. He is foolish. He is an Israeli dog.” Sounds familiar?
“35 US targets had been identified in the region, ‘as well as Tel Aviv.'”
This past week, Khomeini did what all maligned Islamist-supremacist ideology leaders do best when they lose face, he primarily threatened America. “Severe revenge is waiting for those who are behind this criminal act.” Mind you, give it a few more hours and Israel will also come into the equation! In fact, it has. This morning BBC World News reports Iranian General Gholamali Abuhamzeh as saying “35 US targets had been identified in the region, ‘as well as Tel Aviv.'” So, there you have it!
Khomeini’s call was repeated with gusto in Lebanon by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed group Hezbollah who said Hezbollah has issued a call to “resistance fighters” around the world to punish those responsible for the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. “Meting out the appropriate punishment to these criminal assassins… will be the responsibility and task of all resistance fighters worldwide,” he said.
And of course, not to be outdone, in Gaza, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing and a designated terrorist entity, expressed its sympathies and said Soleimani “focused much of his efforts and fight to work towards the demise of the Zionist entity and removing it from Palestine’s land.”
As Franc Milburn, a strategic advisor who spent three years in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq advising oil and gas companies on geopolitical and security risks has said: “Because the regime in Tehran came to power through revolution, survival is its primary objective and counterrevolution its greatest fear. To pressure Iran and bolster deterrence, the US should leverage this fear through psyops, cyber warfare, economic warfare, and covert action.”
Sadly, this leverage of fear is also having an effect stateside, on many US citizens, which is exactly the aim of Iran’s Supreme Leader. The Americans I’ve heard from are petrified Khomeini’s bunch of terrorists will personally attack them and their families.
This week’s targeting killing of General Qusem Soleimani, including people in his entourage, will surely mean a further escalation by Iran’s proxy terrorist groups who are waiting to show us as soon as possible their allegiance in a manner befitting their yearning for Martyrdom. All it will take is a resounding ‘yes’ from Iran.
At least that’s the way I see it.