Amazing this needs to be said, but since too many in American media aren’t saying it…— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 6, 2020
Iran is not a free country. Images you’re seeing of Iranians “mourning” terrorist Soleimani are likely coerced. This is a regime that murders its own people regularly.
Beware of propaganda.
This is what happens when you’re given the choice of attending or being killed. https://t.co/gaOsmJ12m1— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 6, 2020
American’s can rest a little easier knowing Qassem Soleimani’s 20 year span of terror has ended. The days of American appeasement have come and gone. No more selfie-taking terrorists.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 7, 2020
Lots of propaganda posters and images of Soleimani being shared around Iranian social media right now, quality pretty wildly varying, but this one from Khamenei’s office stuck out: a painting, showing Soleimani being received in Heaven. pic.twitter.com/jtfTTQ1Ewu— Séamus Malekafzali (@Seamus_Malek) January 3, 2020
The official line coming from the GOP is that General Qasem Soleimani was just an “evil terrorist” and none of these scenes of heartfelt outrage we are seeing across the Shiite world in reaction to his assassination – his body has been deliberately paraded across the Shia Crescent in Iraq and Iran where he has been held up as a martyr and compared to Imam Husayn – are real and that it is all being coerced and orchestrated by the Iranian government.
“At least 56 people were killed and 21 injured in a stampede at a funeral procession for Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in his hometown of Kerman, according to the AP, citing Iranian state television.
The big picture: The hometown burial marks the end of a three-day-long mourning period for Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq last Friday. Funerals in cities across Iran for Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a senior Iraqi militia commander who also died in the Baghdad strike, have drawn huge crowds. …”
It is unclear how the Iranian government would be able to coerce all the people who marched through Baghdad and who came out to honor his memory in Karbala in Iraq where there is a shrine where Husayn is buried. These people all secretly want to be “liberated” by the U.S. military which the Iraqi parliament voted to expel from Iraq this weekend.
If anything is true, the lies coming from the GOP about Soleimani eclipse the neocon war propaganda that led up to the Iraq War. Qasem Soleimani wasn’t a Sunni terrorist like Osama bin Laden or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He wasn’t the leader of a non-state terrorist group like al-Qaeda or ISIS. Far from being a “terrorist,” the reason that he is being compared to Husayn in the Shiite world is because he is credited for destroying ISIS and for the gruesome way in which he was executed and what it led to which was the Second Fitna or the Second Islamic Civil War. The Shia world is rousing itself for a massive regional war with the United States.
The red war flag that we saw hoisted above the Jamkaran mosque is called the Ya la-Tharat al-Husayn which dates back to the Second Fitna. It was first raised after the Battle of Karbala in a call to avenge the death of Imam Husayn ibn Ali. It means avengers of Husayn. Americans watching these scenes play out on FOX News have no idea what any of it means.
Note: BTW, all the real terrorists from al-Qaeda and ISIS who have killed Americans and Europeans have been Sunni Muslims. At least up until this point. That is likely to change in the near future.