Wed January 8th 7pm
At 10 p.m. Thursday night U.S. Eastern Standard Time, the Pentagon stated that Donald Trump ordered the assassination of the major Iranian figure Major General Qassim Soleimani. Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force, an Iranian government force that commands militias in different countries of the region. He was widely thought to be the second or third most important leader in Iran. The assassination of a figure of such prominence is objectively an act of war.
To be clear: Soleimani was a longtime butcher for the reactionary Iranian regime. But the butchery carried out by America in that region alone is 1,000 times greater than anything the likes of Soleimani could dream of, and the U.S. has absolutely no right to be carrying out assassinations and threatening further escalations. In fact, the U.S. has no right to be in that region, period.
The purpose of the U.S. soldiers and mercenaries there are this: to dominate a strategically vital part of the world that has oil and energy resources; and in this context to control the access to these resources, to plunder them; to have leverage over other rival and allied powers like China and Japan that need them; to contend with local powers like Iran that are seeking to project their influence in the region; and to terrorize the masses of the area and dominate the political life to achieve those ends.
Read the whole article here from revcom.us.
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