Further reactions to the death of Soleimani: “52% of us humbly apologize”

January 03, 2020

(This is short follow-up to my dispatch last night on the death of Qassem Soleimani -- Tom Gross)


An American actress writes...


The Supreme Leader writes...


Sent to me by a Syrian friend from Aleppo.


From yesterday’s Times (of London): “20 faces who could shape the world in 2020”


Tom Gross adds:

In all my life, I have never seen such agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, Arabs and Kurds, and many Iranians, all ecstatic about the death of Soleimani.

Some other journalists are also saying this, for example, Kim Ghatas, who was until recently a senior BBC foreign correspondent.

She writes in The Atlantic:

“In much of the Middle East, and even in Iran, the military commander was feared, and his death has been greeted with elation.”


From The NY Times:

“The world to which we wake up today, rid of its most accomplished and deadly terrorist, is a better place. Nowhere is this insight more evident than throughout the Middle East, where individuals are posting joyous videos to social media, celebrating the death of the author of so much of their misery. We should all — even those among us who don’t particularly care for Mr. Trump — join them in their good cheer, and continue to repeal Mr. Suleimani’s murderous anti-American legacy."



These kind of videos from throughout the Middle East are being shared on social media:



An academic friend in Israel wrote that Soleimani’s assassination is the “most important and positive assassination for the Jewish people, since that of Heydrich in 1942”. (I don’t know if I agree with him but it is certainly true that Soleimani has circled Israel with rockets, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Gaza.)


Other western media make it sound like Trump is uniquely militarist but never seem to mention that Obama used to have a drone kill list every Tuesday morning in the White House. They called it ‘Terror Tuesday’. He signed off many himself:



I am not suggesting that Soleimani’s assassination is not a risky strategy by Trump. It is. But western media should not fail to report (as many have today) that in the Middle East, Soleimani’s assassination is extremely popular. It is wrong of western correspondents to suggest otherwise.


There is a follow-up to dispatch here:

* Qassem Soleimani was not Peppa Pig (& Peace now more likely than before he died)


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