The shocking assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the U.S. drones is a step closer to war. The general who began his military career as a soldier during the ruinous Iran-Iraq War was a hero of the Shia communities in Iran and Iraq. He was regarded as a strategic genius and had risen to become the arm of the Ayatollahs in political power in Tehran.
The assassination of the Iranian general has sparked protests in both countries. Soleimani was so highly regarded that he was called a living martyr for his historic battles. Iran is ascending in influence in that part of the world because of the Iraq invasion, considered the biggest foreign policy blunder in U.S. history. This placed a reigning Sunni government in Baghdad and created a power vacuum filled by the sheer majority in Iraq.
Also moving into that vacuum, Iran. The war thus strengthened Iran immeasurably. One thing is sure: the U.S. assassination of General Soleimani isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of things to come.
From imprisoned nation this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.