Democrats and media figures were quick to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to take out Iran Gen. Qasem Soleimani as an impetuous decision made by a madman without regard to diplomacy.
“I think it's a tragedy for the world that instead of diplomacy, this administration has rushed to confrontation," said former Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement that mirrored pretty much every Democratic presidential candidate.
Contrary to that claim, the operation demonstrated monumental restraint by the administration, and was accomplished in a manner that assured little collateral damage. It was in response to a growing number of acts of terror taken by the Iranian regime in the previous nine months, including:
· May 12, 2019, two Saudi Arabian registered oil tankers, one Norwegian oil tanker, and an Emirati registered bunkering ship sustained damage from explosive charges by either Iran or its proxies while they were at anchor off Fujairah. All are U.S. Allies.
· June 13 two oil tankers were attacked, allegedly by Iran, near the Gulf of Hormuz: A Panama-flagged vessel operated by a Japanese company, and another flagged in the Marshall Islands operated by a Norwegian company. All are U.S. allies.
· June 20, Iran escalated tensions further when it shot down a U.S. drone. Because no American lives were lost the president opted not to respond.
· July 13, Iran openly seized a tanker, operated by Great Britain, a U.S. ally, in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations, further intensifying tensions.
· September 14 Iran used drones to attack and set ablaze two Aramco oil processing facilities owned and operated by Saudi Arabia, a U.S, ally.
· December 27 Iran used more than 30 rockets to attack the K-1 Air Base in Kirkuk province, Iraq, which hosts Operation Inherent Resolve coalition personnel. It killed a U.S. civilian contractor and injured four U.S. service members.
· December 31 to January 1 Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants and others attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. This was allegedly in response to a U.S. airstrike two days earlier that targeted Hezbollah weapons depots and command installations in Iraq and Syria.
Tensions have existed between the United States and Iran since at least 1983, when Iran-backed Hezbollah militants bombed a U.S. Marine base in Beirut. The attack took the lives of 241 U.S. military personnel, 58 French military personnel, and 6 civilians.
In the latest incident, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed shortly after departing Tehran en route to Kiev, killing all 176 people on board. Iran refuses to release the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder to either the airline or Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer.
Multiple sources reported that the civilian aircraft was targeted by a surface-to-air missile system operated by the Iranian military. Even assuming it was an accident, the incident demonstrates an utter disregard for human life.
Nevertheless, mainstream media preferred to point fingers elsewhere.
NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla posted, then deleted, several tweets suggesting that Trump was responsible for the 176 lives lost.
Haven Magazine co-founder Saira Rao said, “Every single one of the 176 passengers on the Ukrainian plane that went down was murdered by Donald Trump. ”
CNN’s Richard Quest preferred to blame the victim: “Ukraine airline needs to explain why it allowed flight just hours after Iran fired missiles.”
As for Soleimani himself, people who’d never heard of him before suddenly revered the man. The New York Times described him as a “master of Iran's intrigue” in its obituary — sort of a Middle Eastern James Bond.
However, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad cautioned Washington Post readers that they shouldn’t “believe Iranian propaganda about the mourning for Soleimani.”
Faithwire News editor Dan Andros explained why. While in Iraq reporting on the atrocities committed by ISIS, he met refugees displaced by the war. They were in greater fear of Soleimani and his henchmen than they were of ISIS militants.
He said he’d interviewed a man whose “body was severely burned, [as] his son lay silent on the cot in the tent. When we asked about these things, he explained how Iranian Shia militias had killed his wife, tortured him and his children, including his young boy. The militias, who would have been under the control of Qasem Soleimani, proceeded to drill holes in the boy’s legs as a means to further threaten the father.”
Yet when the Trump administration went after Soleimani, Iran’s mastermind of many of these and other atrocities, Democrats claimed Trump initiated hostilities between the two countries.
On Thursday, the House approved a non-binding resolution directing “the President to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military.”
A resolution to cease hostilities should more appropriately be directed at Iran.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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