There can be no justification for this
act of murder
By Finian Cunningham
January 03, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
lawless arrogance has gone too far with
the assassination of Iran’s top military
commander. The deadly airstrike against
General Qasem Soleimani was carried out
on the order of President Donald Trump.
Trump claims the assassination was a
necessary “pre-emptive defensive strike”
because Soleimani was personally planning to
launch region-wide attacks against US forces
and diplomats. Pre-emptive “defensive”
murder is not legally credible. The
accusations against Soleimani are merely
hearsay, and rely on the dubious word of
internationally disgraced American
intelligence agencies. Recall that US
officials have been warning for months about
Iranian plots to sabotage American interests
in the Middle East – based on similar empty
Several other senior Iranian military
officials were also killed in the US
missile attack on Iraq’s international
airport in the capital Baghdad,
including a top Iraqi militia leader.
Iranian politicians called it “an act of
terrorism” and vowed harsh revenge.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi prime minister,
Adel Abdul Mahdi, condemned the US
violation of his country’s sovereignty.
Other Iraqi leaders are demanding the
immediate expulsion of US forces from
the country, where they number about
Trump taunted by tweeting the
American flag after the news of the
assassination emerged on Friday, and he
later declared that the Iranian general
“should have been taken out years ago”
because he allegedly was responsible for
deaths of “thousands” of US troops,
according to Trump.
Certainly, Soleimani was
considered an enemy by the US. He
organised effective military resistance
to American imperialist designs in
Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere
across the Middle East. For such
strategising, the 62-year-old Iran-Iraq
War veteran was revered, not just in his
own nation, but across the region.
For Trump to order the
killing of such a revered public figure of a
state which the US is not officially at war
with is a brazen violation of international
law. There can be no justification for this
act of murder, despite the Trump
administration’s lurid claims.
Qasem Soleimani, as
leader of the elite Quds Force of the
Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was
seen by the Iranian nation as second only in
importance to Ayatollah Khamenei, the
Supreme Leader of Iran.
What Trump has done is not just order a
barbarous act of violence, it is a reckless
act of war.
To order the murder of senior foreign
officials by presidential decree without any
pretence of lawfulness is to set a new low
bar for US state roguery.
Many people in the Middle East, as well
as around the world and among the US’s own
population are rightly anxious about the
Trump is tempting to unleash an all-out
war with Iran that will potentially drag
several countries into a world war.
For several decades now, the US has acted
as if it were above the law.
Countless illegal wars and invasions
against foreign countries, leading to the
deaths of millions of people, are now
climaxing in the form of a so-called
president and ruling clique which shows
absolute disregard for even legal niceties.
American lawlessness is now rampant and
shameless in its arrogance.
Whether Iran retaliates this week,
next week or in the coming months is perhaps
besides the point. US aggression and its
sense of impunity has taken the world into
an extremely dangerous situation where
international law is evidently redundant.
Washington is behaving as a full-on tyranny
that does what it pleases. War, sanctions,
killings, bullying all done with a
frightening delusion of self-righteousness.
Arguably, nothing on this scale of
state criminality has been seen since the
But one suspects that such hubris and
hypocrisy comes with
fatal ignorance among US establishment
politicians and media. America is an
overstretched empire whose lawlessness is
stumbling towards its own collapse.
murder of General Qasem Soleimani this week
rattled US financial markets from the
repercussions of possible war. We can just
imagine how the American and world economy
will implode if Iranian ballistic missiles
send a few US warships to the bottom of the
has written extensively on international
affairs, with articles published in several
languages. He is a Master’s graduate in
Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a
scientific editor for the Royal Society of
Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before
pursuing a career in newspaper journalism.
He is also a musician and songwriter. For
nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and
writer in major news media organisations,
including The Mirror, Irish Times and
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