Robbie Michaelson
Neither Right Nor Left - Just Passionate

Killing Soleimani was in all of our interests

The debate over President Trump’s decision to order the killing of The Iranian General Qassem Soleimani boggles the mind. One wonders were Hitler to be alive today whether the same kind of arguments would be made and heard?

The deceased Iranian General had accumulated a resume of anti-Western, anti-Israel, anti-Christian actions that rightly placed him ahead of such other enemies of humanity such as Osama bin Laden and the leader of ISIS; both also killed by the U.S. What makes Soleimani’s assassination stand out is that he was an integral part of a major country, Iran. So should America not have passed up an opportunity to rid the world of a man who has so much innocent blood on his hands because she might provoke a major war with Iran? Perhaps the time has finally arrived for the tail to stop wagging the dog.

Unfortunately there exists a strong disconnect in America and Europe between the desire not to be drawn into endless wars and the need to recognize that turning a blind eye to State-sponsored terrorism and aggression will never guarantee the peace and security the West wants. Iran has been led since 1979 by a group of medi-evil Mullahs who created their own powerful Revolutionary Guard to supress their own people; and to spread their ideology of anti-Western, anti-Judo-Christian hate throughout the Middle East and beyond. To pretend otherwise is to believe that the world is flat.

It is depressing to read articles in the American media who worry more about the prospects of a war with an evil American-hating regime than they do with standing up and confronting that very evil. America spends $716 billion a year on her military, Iran less than $7 billion. America has over 2,350 fighter jets, Iran around 142. America has 10 aircraft carriers, Iran zero. America has a huge technological advantage over the Islamic Republic of Iran. So if a major war with Iran were to break out ….would anyone want to bet on Iran being the winner?

Soleimani should have been eliminated years ago. Obama and Bush before him turned down opportunities to kill Mr Soleimani. History has surely proven those decisions to have been erroneous. Critics argue that “The fundamental facts on the ground have not changed…”. Really? The Iranian fingerprints are all over most of the problem areas in the Middle East, including Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Much of this scenario is a result of actions by Soleimani. So much for not stopping him earlier.

The same people who are upset with the elimination of Soleimani represent those who sat by idly when the American Embassy was occupied for 444 days against all tenets of International law. They are the same people who caused America to lose the Viet Nam war, who didn’t respond to the bombings of American Embassies in Beirut and Africa; to the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole, to the American Housing Compound in Saudi Arabia and the marine barracks in Beirut. They support the flawed J.C.P.O.A. with Iran and they believe that you can and should negotiate with the devil to avert war at any cost. They believe democracy is the panacea for all that ills the world and they believe that the policies of America, and not countries like Iran, who kill their own people, are partly responsible for much of the world’s problems.

Those who would not have pulled the trigger to eliminate Soleimani also believe naively and against all evidence that the so-called Iranian moderates, like President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, can be reasoned with to create a better world. Tell that to the thousands of Iranians who have been killed under their watch; to the gay people and minorities in Iran who are persecuted each and very day in the Islamic Republic that is Iran. Sell this thinking to the women of Iran who can’t leave their house without a headscarf and cannot attend soccer games on their own. So much for progressive thinking and so much for trying to make the world a better place for us all.

May the killing of Soleimani be the decisive action that starts the downfall of the Mullahs in Tehran and proves to the naive “peace at any cost” advocates how wrong they surely are!

About the Author
First came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War. Made Aliyah in 1972, served in the IDF, stayed in Israel for 4 years. Returned again to live permanently in Israel in 2017. Am widely traveled & strong supporter of Zionism. Have an M.A. in International Relations from McGill University.