Assassination of Gen. Soleimani in an interview with international experts + Video
In the 41st episode of The Fact series, we have reviewed the aspects and consequences of the assassination of general Qasem Soleimani by the US terrorist regime in the presence of experts from US and Germany.
MWFpress - In the 41st episode of The Fact series, we have reviewed the aspects and consequences of the assassination of general Qasem Soleimani by the US terrorist regime in the presence of experts from US and Germany.
Guests: * Tobias Pfennig International activist, Germany
* Paul Larudee Political activist, Founder of Free Gaza Movement USA
View full conference video on YouTube
Questions asked at the conference:
1- General Soleimani had gone to Iran several times and this time he was also traveling to Iraq in an official way. why would USA assassinate him and AbuMahdi Almuhandis in such a way and situation? 2- What part of International law was violated by Such a move from USA? do you think this would considered as a state terrorism? 3- what is your Analysis about Global reaction toward this Terroristic act? 4- Assassination of General Soleimani has made a huge wave of anger in Iran against USA. in your opinion why would tens of millions in Iran with different ideas and orientations get angry 5- What was the most important characteristics of General Soleimani in your idea? 6- What should be the response of Iran to such an act? 7- Do you think any retaliation would cause a direct war between Iran and USA? 8- how will be the situation of resistance in the region after assassination of General Soleimani?
Tobias Pfennig International activist, Germany 1. What part of International law was violated by Such a move from USA? Do you think this would consider as a state terrorism? Of course it's in violation of international law targeted killings like which happened in Afghanistan by the US which happened in Iraq by the US which happened even in Syria by the US and which now happened again in Iraq by the US. They are not sticking to the laws which they make but they can do this out of a position of power. So please let us forget about this term because I think is not the right term can the US do these targeted killings. Yes it can because they have the power to do it.
2. Assassination of General Soleimani has made a huge wave of anger in Iran against USA. In your opinion why would tens of millions in Iran with different ideas and orientations get angry? He was an everyday guy. He was an ordinary person and you saw this in every of his actions. He was going to the front line to check out what is going on there and he was a really good commander. He did it in Syria, in Iraq and many other places like in Lebanon. He was one of the people one of the Iranian people and of course the Iranians feel attacked by it so if somebody like him who's even like a high ranking military official can get killed can be targeted killed by the US administration just by some push on some button so then everybody every Iranian citizen can be killed at any time by some airstrike. So an attack on to him was attack on all of the Iranian people or we can even go and say further an attack on all to the resistance forces onto all of the Shiite people and so on so it was something which is uniting the Iranian people.
3. What should be the response of Iran to such an act? It is very hard to determine what kind of response we should expect. Iran must be now clear about the consequences which will follow up because they must react on this. It’s absolutely clear that they cannot let this just happen and do nothing but they must keep it in to aspect because now Trump is even going further. He’s growing even crazier in my opinion where he talks about attacking up to even cultural sites of Iran. I think that Iran’s actions should of course include the complete removal of US forces from Iraq. The US must also leave Syria and all the Syrian oil wells behind.
4. How will be the situation of resistance in the region after assassination of General Soleimani? I think that we won't see like a dramatic shift or dramatic new development. I think that the resistance forces will continue with their initial plans which were already made before Solemani.
Paul Larudee Political activist, Founder of Free Gaza Movement USA
1- General Soleimani had gone to Iran several times and this time he was also traveling to Iraq in an official way. Why would USA assassinate him and Abu Mahdi Almuhandis in such a way and situation? General Soleimani has been a U.S. target for quite a long time. Soleimani has been cooperating with Syria which the US has been attempting to overthrow and destroy. He has been cooperating with Hezbollah and supporting them. He represents Iran in being opposed to the existence of the Zionist State of Israel and he's been quite effective in his military support and operations both in Iraq and against terrorists such as Daesh and the anti-Daesh actions have put him at odds with the U.S. because the US has essentially used Daesh and encouraged Daesh and supported with funding and arms and training even on numerous occasions in order to use them for their goals against Syria and the Syrian government and against Hezbollah. He was in the company of Abu Mahdi who is also a target of the US and was also fighting against Daesh so it's really a target and a temptation.
2. What is your analysis about global reaction toward this terroristic act? The so-called allies of the United States that historically have been among the colonialist powers even they are in many cases criticizing the United States for this belligerent action and the United States is relying more and more on its military forces to coerce governments around the world. The United States is gradually losing its power. It is a declining superpower and the result is that it must depend more and more on brute force in order to gain its will and to maintain its power in the world. I think the rest of the world will push back on this. I think they already are and I think we'll see more of that. I think Russia and China and other powers will step in to try to get assurances from the United States to back off. I think that the world response is very negative towards the United States in general. They’re very few with the obvious exception of Israel which if anything wants even more aggressive action it agrees.
3. What were the most important characteristics of General Soleimani in your idea? To narrow it down to one characteristic is what is important for his role in his service is the fact that he's a highly strategic individual. He thinks not only in short term strategy but in the longer term that benefit to the country. He is not hasty in his actions or his orders or his judgments. You could say he proceeds with caution but if caution is not called by the situation then he will take risks as well. These are some of the qualities that brought him the tremendous importance that he had in the Iranian society and in the Iranian government.
4. Do you think any retaliation would cause a direct war between Iran and USA? I do think there are still a majority of people in the State Department and the Intel the CIA and the military who do not want and will not allow a direct war between the US and Iran and I don't think that Iran wants that either. They need to have some kind of retaliation. It’ll be a big problem for both of them. The United States doesn't do direct wars anymore. I do think that Russia and China and some European powers are likely to step in and try to prevent that from happening to calm the situation.
It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries. (see the archive of The Fact web conferences)