Iraqis Bake Cakes Thanking Trump, Dance in Streets Celebrating Soleimani’s Death


The body of Qassem Soleimani was hardly cold
before the hot takes about why American forces shouldn’t have eliminated the military leader
of a terrorist organization started coming out. Yet, in Iraq, people were happy enough to
reportedly be baking cakes thanking President Donald Trump in the wake of the attack. Obituaries for Major General Soleimani, commander
of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, tended to include the words
“beloved” and “revered,” almost as if we’d lobbed a couple of Hellfire R9Xs
at the Dwight Eisenhower of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Tweets direly predicted imminent war and were
pitched at a febrile level, at least by liberal wonk-scold standards. Here are some of the tweets, all of which
seemed to share a common thread that killing Soleimani was an “act of war” since, by
leading the Quds Force, he was a part of the Iranian state: Unmentioned here was the fact that the IRGC,
which Soleimani was part of, is designated as a terrorist organization by the United
States and several other countries. It’s responsible for much of what we’re
always fond of referring to as the Iranian “insurgency,” including many of the IEDs
that wounded and killed our troops during the Iraq War. More recently, Soleimani was seen helping
direct a brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters in Iraq. “The day after anti-government protests
erupted in Iraq, Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani flew into Baghdad late at night and took a
helicopter to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where he surprised a group of top security
officials by chairing a meeting in place of the prime minister,” The Associated Press
reported in October. “We in Iran know how to deal with protests,”
Soleimani said, according to Iraqi officials at the meeting. “This happened in Iran and we got it under
control.” Yes, and we know how they did: by killing
and torturing the protesters. This isn’t even taking into account the
fact that, according to the president’s speech after the airstrike, “Soleimani was
plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel.” That’s still in [citation needed] territory,
but it’s also something that definitely would have fit the general’s modus operandi. The point is that we took out a terrorist
leader who was responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of innocent civilians and
American troops. Yes, he was part of Iran’s state apparatus
— because, lest we forget, Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. We’re told by the left that the people in
Iran are Very, Very Upset about this. Are you? Probably not, and neither are plenty of people
inside Iraq, according to social media reports: And while pro-government Iranians may be gnashing
and wailing over the death of this brutal terrorist, self-described Iranians who oppose
the Shiite regime took to to social media to thank Trump: It’s probably wise to remember — as the
media won’t — that while Soleimani’s death has geopolitical consequences, at a
moral level there should be no compunction about authoring the death of a detestable
vessel of state-sponsored wrath and violence. Yes, Soleimani was a member of the regime
in Tehran — the arm of the regime that’s engaged in blatant terrorism, something that
deeply qualifies, and likely negates, any protections he has under international law. Shedding tears over his death or pretending
that the reaction in the Middle East has been universally negative is wrong on a profound
and strange level. At the very least, remember that there are
people in that part of the world happy enough this monster is no longer blighting the face
of this Earth that they’re reportedly baking cakes for Donald Trump.

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