Last Friday, Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Trump and his minions claimed they had solid evidence that Soleimani planned ‘imminent’ attacks on U.S. diplomats and troops. Turns out, this ‘evidence’ may have been manufactured or at the least embellished by Trump & Co.
Since Iran, predictably, threatened retaliation, the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from the country, a move that is fully understandable. U.S. troops abroad are the most likely targets for Iran’s retaliation, and the likelihood of massive collateral damage is high.
The U.S. said they will relocate some troops within the country, but that they will not leave Iraq. Meanwhile, Trump was busily threatening Iran with the potential destruction of 52 Iranian ‘cultural’ sites, a violation of the 1954 Hague Convention.
Iraq wants U.S. troops gone. Trump tells Iraq that if they expel U.S. troops, he will “impose harsh economic punishments” on the country.
Now, think about all of this for a few minutes. Iraq and Iran are each sovereign nations in and of their own right. We may not like some things they do, but frankly, they don’t like some things we do, either. That does not give us the right to murder one of their leaders, it does not give us the right to force them to accept U.S. military troops within their borders, and it sure as hell does not give us the right to start bombing cultural icons willy nilly.
The United States is supposedly a civilized nation with democratic principles, but you couldn’t prove it by our actions in the past week. When one nation sends troops into a nation uninvited, it is called an invasion. Our troops were welcomed at one time in Iraq for one reason only … to help Iraq fight Daesh, also known as ISIS. Trump claims that ‘he’ defeated Daesh, so there is really no longer any need for our troops to be in Iraq, unless they are invited. Our troops pose a significant danger to Iraqis now, and they want us gone.
Nothing the U.S. has done in this situation makes one bit of sense. We are bullying other nations … and for what? To what end? Trump’s “America First” policy has gone too far … it was a ludicrous policy to begin with, and what he fails to understand is you cannot have your cake and eat it too. You cannot treat other nations poorly, place the lives of their citizens in danger, then expect them to come to your aid. There is a price to be paid for being a bully, for stirring the pot that didn’t need stirring.
The headline in Business Insider reads …
Top US allies are abandoning Trump and warning ISIS will benefit following the assassination of an Iranian general
The US’ top allies, including the UK and France, have continued to back away from President Donald Trump following the US military’s assassination of top Iranian general Qassim Soleimani on Friday.
Some European allies argue the US’s dramatic escalation of conflict with Iran will benefit the Islamic State, increase the risk of terror attacks in Europe, and undermine global economic growth.
A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a conservative ally of Trump’s, said the US president’s recent threat to target “Iranian culture” sites would constitute a war crime.
On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called for “restraint and de-escalation” and said a new conflict with Iran “would be in no one’s interest.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at the Europeans during an interview on Friday and claimed the US strike against Iran “saved lives in Europe as well.”
It is past time for Donald Trump and his minions to be shut down. Trump praises murderers like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and stabs our allies in the back. These are not the actions of a sane man, they are not the actions of a world leader, but they are the actions of a madman! This madman is going to get people killed all over the world, for he is ignorant of the ways of the world, has chosen not to become enlightened but rather to continue to act as the playground bully.