“Despite the American people’s disagreements with their president, #realDonaldTrump made many Iranians happy. MUCH MORE Iranians than they showed you mourning on news. #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani #IraniansDetestSoleimani” -Twitter post from Iran
Aimee Herd-Commentary : Jan 10, 2020 Two Cents Worth-Blog
[Two Cents Worth-Blog] Major Middle East events happened this week, as President Trump ordered a military strike that successfully took out notorious Iranian general—Qassem Soleimani—a man who has authored terrorist activities in many countries as well as his own. He is responsible for the killing of hundreds of Americans, in addition to the brutal killing and torture of scores of his own people. (Image: Soleimani /Al Jazeera-Vimeo /via OneNewsNow)
The American news machine—with the exception of a few—continued the biased ‘fake news’ spin prevalent throughout western media, academia and political pundits, this time sinking to a new low by memorializing the terrorist.
Shockingly, a New York Times reporter had the audacity to compare ‘the mourning in Iran over the death of Qassem Soleimani to America’s reaction to the death of Martin Luther King Jr.’, according to a Free Beacon report.
But the PEOPLE of Iran have a much different story.
In a YouTube video currently making the social media rounds, Erica Kasraie, an Iranian-American woman who is also a human rights activist, especially regarding the Middle East, explains it this way…
“I feel like we’re living in the Twilight Zone, guys. I’m completely outraged at this notion that the propaganda machine—that is the media—is glorifying Qassem Soleimani. Do you people know that this man has not only the blood of Americans on his hands, but the blood of Iranians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Afghanis? I mean, since when did we start mourning the death of a terrorist?!”
Erica went on to note that she’d been attacked by people on the left for echoing the sentiment of her people.
“My people are happy,” she continued, “The people in Iran are happy that this man, who is responsible for the slaughter of so many people, is gone … Where was your outrage last month, when the [Iranian] regime slaughtered 1,600 kids for peaceful protest? Where’s your outrage for the thousands of political prisoners that are in Iran right now? … Here’s the deal … for the people on the ground; they don’t hate America. They don’t hate Donald Trump. In fact, there are a lot of trending hashtags right now from Iran on Twitter (saying) ‘Thank you Trump, thank you for (killing) Soleimani’, look for yourself…”
Indeed. I decided to take Erica up on that advice and did check out the Twitter hashtags coming from Iran for myself—she’s absolutely right.
Here are some examples from the hashtag #IraniansDetestSoleimani:
“To Americans who see this tweet: Iranian people are thankful to Trump for ordering Soleimani to be killed. Please do not defend the killer of the Iranian people and other Middle Eastern countries because of your disagreement with Trump. #IraniansDetestSoleimani”
“#Soleimani ordered his men to shoot directly at #IranProtests. The order was to shoot to kill so they aimed for heads & hearts. Over 1500 civilians including children died in order to protect the regime. Families had to pay huge sums to collect bodies. #IraniansDetestSoleimani”
“World should [k]now that Iranian people have no voice and Soleimani’s funeral is just a propaganda. Iran has 80 million population. 79 million didn’t attend the ceremony because they don’t and won’t forget 1500 innocent protesters murdered by the regime. #IraniansDetestSoleimani”
“Despite the American people’s disagreements with their president, #realDonaldTrump made many Iranians happy. MUCH MORE Iranians than they showed you mourning on news. #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani #IraniansDetestSoleimani”
As if the voices of the people of Iran are not enough, Faithwire’s managing editor, Dan Andros recently shared his experience while on assignment reporting from Iraq in 2015. While there he encountered a family who had been tortured by Shia militias (under the direction of Soleimani).
“I met the family … at an IDP camp outside of Erbil, Iraq. The father explained their desperate situation, homeless because of the latest ISIS reign of terror.
“His body was severely burned, his son lay silent on the cot in the tent. When we asked about these things, he explained how Iranian Shia militias had killed his wife, tortured him and his children, including his young boy. The militias, who would have been under the control of Qassem Soleimani, proceeded to drill holes in the boy’s legs as a means to further threaten the father.
“The boy stared silently at the ceiling, seemingly void of all emotion. Dad explained that he still has nightmares daily, and often soiled himself because of them.”
This is the brand of terror brought to so many at the hands of Qassem Soleimani.
It is an extreme affront to even remotely compare Soleimani to Martin Luther King Jr—they were complete opposites; as darkness is to light.
In fact, MLK said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
But Soleimani was darkness and hate personified.
At the closing of Erica’s video message, she said, “I’m probably going to lose a lot of friends for saying this, but… Thank you Mr. Trump for making a very hard decision, and for having the moral courage to do something that probably a lot of world leaders wouldn’t have had.”
Please be praying for the people of Iran, that their voices and desperate cries for freedom will be heard, and the oppressive and deadly Iranian regime will end for the good of their country.