It has been one week since General Soleimani was blown to bits and burned by a US drone strike, as he arrived at the Baghdad Airport as a diplomat conveying a response to Saudi Arabia from Iran. Iraq was facilitating peace negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
““I was supposed to meet Soleimani at the morning the day he was killed, he came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran,” Adil Abdul-Mahdi posted on Twitter.
Peace in the Middle East is an existential threat to what are euphemistically called “US interests”. US interests are not just oil company and military-industrial complex interests. The US Empire’s power over the world relies heavily on having the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The petro-dollar, initiated after the US dropped the gold standard in the 70s, means that every nation in the world that uses oil (that is, every nation) must obtain dollars in order to buy the black gold on which industry and transportation relies. This means that every nation must sell something of value to the USA, whether resources, labor or commodities, in order to get the dollars needed to buy oil.
Trump and the media tell us that the general was a threat to Americans, because fear is the strongest motivator of American’s support for the murderous rampage of the US military around the world. But the general has been on the battlefield fighting actual terrorists who threaten the people of the Middle East for many years. Why kill him last week? If he had actually been a threat to the US for all those years, the US could have killed him on the battlefield, since the general was involved in many battles against ISIS and other vicious terrorists.
So why blow him up at the Baghdad airport, along with the head of the Iraqi PMU, which is also an effective fighter against ISIS and other terrorists? He was there as a diplomat, invited by the Iraqi government, and under their protection, which the US ignored in their brutal murder, (and is the reason why the Iraqi Parliament voted to tell the US to get their troops out of Iraq).
A week’s worth of spin has been that this was Trump’s impulsive decision. That doesn’t fly, when you see the widespread support by Congress and the entire media for the assassination. The outrage from people in the Middle East and around the world has been censored by social media platforms. The entire McResistance supports the murder. This kind of united support for an action of Trump is unusual.
As Michael Hudson says: “The mainstream media are carefully sidestepping the method behind America’s seeming madness in assassinating Islamic Revolutionary Guard general Qassim Suleimani to start the New Year. The logic behind the assassination this was a long-standing application of U.S. global policy, not just a personality quirk of Donald Trump’s impulsive action. His assassination of Iranian military leader Suleimani was indeed a unilateral act of war in violation of international law, but it was a logical step in a long-standing U.S. strategy. It was explicitly authorized by the Senate in the funding bill for the Pentagon that it passed last year.
The assassination was intended to escalate America’s presence in Iraq to keep control the region’s oil reserves, and to back Saudi Arabia’s Wahabi troops (Isis, Al Quaeda in Iraq, Al Nusra and other divisions of what are actually America’s foreign legion) to support U.S. control of Near Eastern oil as a buttress o the U.S. dollar. That remains the key to understanding this policy, and why it is in the process of escalating, not dying down.”
Oddly, the media is dropping it’s usual “we can’t tell you anything about our methods of information gathering or operational methods because you have no business knowing our sources” line, and bragging about spies in Lebanon and Iraq. This is ridiculous, of course, because the US military already knows the coordinates of the Baghdad Airport and Soleimani’s flight on a commercial airline was no secret to them, since Iraq and Iran had notified them of his arrival. It is bizarre for the media to spin this knowledge into cloak-and-dagger fantasy, when they have spent so many years telling Americans that it is a major secret that we have spies and they do spy stuff.
So the spin is that the general was a Bad Guy and that he Deserved To Die and that killing him at the Baghdad Airport was a major success of the military, with help from our allies and spies.
Actually, to quote more from the Hudson article: “… without troops, it is not possible to invade a country to take it over.
The corollary of this perception is that democracies have only two choices when it comes to military strategy: They can only wage airpower, bombing opponents; or they can create a foreign legion, that is, hire mercenaries or back foreign governments that provide this military service.
Here once again Saudi Arabia plays a critical role, through its control of Wahabi Sunnis turned into terrorist jihadis willing to sabotage, bomb, assassinate, blow up and otherwise fight any target designated as an enemy of “Islam,” the euphemism for Saudi Arabia acting as U.S. client state. (Religion really is not the key; I know of no ISIS or similar Wahabi attack on Israeli targets.)
The United States needs the Saudis to supply or finance Wahabi crazies. So in addition to playing a key role in the U.S. balance of payments by recycling its oil-export earnings are into U.S. stocks, bonds and other investments, Saudi Arabia provides manpower by supporting the Wahabi members of America’s foreign legion, ISIS and Al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda. Terrorism has become the “democratic” mode of today U.S. military policy.”
The peace mission of General Soleimani was a threat to the owners of the USA, because if Saudi Arabia stops being an enforcer of the petro-dollar, drops support of terrorists and makes peace in the Middle East, the US Empire will fall.
That is why the US blew him to charred bits, last Sunday at the Baghdad Airport.