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U.S. mainstream media distorts Gen. Soleimani’s role to justify killing him

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Qasem Soleimani, Commander of Quds Forces during National AGIR commanders conference, September 2013 (Photo: Tasnim News Agency/Wikimedia)

The U.S. mainstream media’s shoddy, dishonest reporting about the Iran Crisis continues. The media refuses to closely examine the Trump administration’s latest justification for killing Qasem Soleimani — that the Iranian general was responsible for the deaths of “thousands of U.S. troops.”

Killing Soleimani reflects U.S. desperation in the Middle East

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Funeral of Qasem Soleimani in Ahvaz, Iran on January 5, 2020. (Photo: Ayoub Hosseinsangi/Wikimedia)

Iran’s next move following the U.S. assassination of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani will define the Iranian-US-Israeli relations in the region for years to come, and will further intensify the ongoing regional and international “Great Game”, on full display throughout the Middle East.

Israel figured in US decision to assassinate Iranian general

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Many media reports suggest that Israeli interests were taken into account in Trump’s decision to kill Qassim Suleimani. The Mossad chief had reportedly targeted Suleimani in comments last year, and Israeli officials were consulted ahead of the assassination, while European leaders and Congress were not.

Assassination splits Israel supporters on party lines

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Trump’s decision to assassinate a leading Iranian official in Iraq yesterday has contributed to the split inside the Israel lobby in the United States. Republican Israel supporters celebrate the killing, and see it as destroying the last hope of saving the Iran deal. Many Democratic supporters of Israel are critical of the decision.

Trump risks a major war in an election year– why?

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Miriam and Sheldon Adelson present Trump with a menorah, Dec. 7, 2019. Israeli American Council national summit. Screenshot.

Donald Trump has campaigned against “never ending wars.” Tonight with an assassination in Iraq, he risks another one– putting his reelection in jeopardy, say some observers. Trump knows what he is doing, trying to please his biggest donor, Sheldon Adelson.

How Israel could prevent a war with Iran

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Benjamin Netanyahu claiming Iran was expanding its nuclear capability in violation of the Iran Deal in April 2018.

While Israel wants the world to see Iran behind every conflict and want to see it ostracized and isolated, they may not want Iran defeated because that would eliminate the special role Israel plays for the United States.

Senate Republicans are paving the way for a military escalation against Iran

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Senate Republicans were able to stop an amendment that would have required President Trump to seek congressional approval for an attack on Iran, despite the fact that the majority of votes were cast in support of the measure. Then Republicans passed a measure assuring that Trump’s hands would not be tied, as Sen. Mitt Romney put it, in taking on Iran.

Iran is not a threat to the United States, say the Democrats

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Amy Klobuchar at Dem debate, June 26, 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Democratic candidates assail Trump’s Iran policy, while Miriam Adelson hails it in biblical terms at an Israeli conference alongside Netanyahu. But journalists never ask Trump whether his biggest donors, the Adelsons, are pushing war because they fear it will stoke anti-Semitism.

Middle East scholars: An American attack on Iran would be an unmitigated disaster for the US, Iran, and the world

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The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group transits the Suez Canal, May 9, 2019. (Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Darion Chanelle Triplett/US Navy)

Leading Middle East and Islamic studies scholars call on President Trump immediately to pull back from the brink of a war with the Islamic Republic of Iran: “It is clear to us that the human, diplomatic, legal, political, and economic costs to both countries, the Persian Gulf and larger Middle East, the global economy and the global system of international humanitarian law of a US attack would be even more devastating than was the US invasion of Iraq sixteen years ago.”