On January 3 of last year, the Americans murdered Iranian Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, among others, who had helped defeat the Daesh forces that were unleashed by the Americans on Iraq and Syria. Within hours the Iranian forces struck back with a missile attack on American bases in Iraq causing heavy damage to the American base at Ain Al-Assad in western Iraq and causing scores of deaths and casualties that the US tried to deny. The fact that the Americans, ever ready to strike anyone who resists them, did not respond to the Iranian strike was evidence that the strikes were effective and surprised the Americans who feared worse if they continued to respond. So, Trump declared it was no big deal, that nothing had happened.
But Iran has not forgotten this American crime and still reserves the right to further retaliation, which can take several forms. Last month the Iranian prosecutors issued a list of 48 persons wanted for the murder of Soleimani and arrest warrants have been sent to several countries for these persons who include Donald Trump and, the “individuals who cooperated, collaborated, and participated in the assassination including political and military authorities of the US and other countries,” said Tehran Prosecutor General, Ali Alqasi-Mehr. He named Trump as the key individual at the top of the list, adding his pursuit will continue even after his tenure as US president ends and Iranian leaders have promised to drive the US out of the region, diplomatically or militarily, so peace can finally be established.
But the Americans, no matter the party identification of the person occupying the Presidency, are intent on continuing their colonialist aggression against the world to maintain their domination of resources and markets. On November 27 top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated in Iran by agents of the US and Israel just days after the US sent two B52 heavy bombers to the Middle East to intimidate Iran, a flight that was repeated on December 10 and December 29. The B52’s can carry large amounts of bombs, or nuclear bombs and cruise missiles. The flights were explained, in Americanese, as “necessary to secure peace and deter aggression,” meaning that they were considered necessary to scare the hell out of Iranians with the threat of nuclear war, and were a practice run for their aggression. Israel, always working hand in glove with their American masters (TCTT editor note: Many would argue that it is the other way around, Israel is the tail that wags the American dog) has sent a submarine to the Persian Gulf and the Americans have massively increased their naval and air strike forces in the region.
On April 3, to prepare the American peoples’ minds for war against Iran, the Pentagon repeated Wikileaks’ claims from 2010, based on US Army sources, that Iran was responsible for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq when, in fact, it was the Iraqi Resistance forces, that fought the Americans so valiantly, who inflicted heavy losses and casualties on the US forces in Iraq.
All these claims were accepted without question by Wikileaks and the major newspapers that published them such as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and are now resurrected by the Pentagon and the media to fan the flames of hostility towards Iran in a more visceral way. Syria stated the claims were suspicious. Russia Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that Russia was surprised by the allegations, that Washington had some explaining to do and that the US better not use the claims as a pretext for conflict.
The objective of declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as terrorists and resurrecting the dubious US Army-Wikileaks claims that Iran is responsible for American deaths in Iraq is of course to criminalise the Iranian government in the eyes of the western, particularly American public. Criminalisation of the enemy is always a sign that an attack is coming.The War On Iran