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US picked the wrong region

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:45 AM
Qassem Soleimani
Qassem Soleimani


The New York Times published a letter from Geraldine Brooks titled ‘Iranian Blood Is On Our Hands Too’. As a citizen of a Third-World country in ‘America’s Backyard’, I can relate to her insightful and factual observations.

The Great America, in its self-appointed role as the global police of and for democracy, operates according to its own rule book. The primary rule being might is right.

All the American organs of state, inclusive of the media, political opposition, and the government, are supportive of the fact that General Qassem Soleimani was a horrible individual, a terrorist, “a very bad actor”, who was responsible for the death of Americans. His assassination was, therefore, justified, only the timing was a bit inconvenient.

When civilians, including children, are killed in the Middle East, that is mere collateral damage; after all these are not Americans.

American soldiers such as Oliver North are pardoned by the president after it was revealed that he supplied arms that killed Nicaraguan people. And America at its malevolent best in Latin America and the Caribbean during the 1970s and 80s can give Iran lessons in the use of proxy.


But it is always us against them for America. General Soleimani was not defending democracy, he was not white and he was a Shi’ite Muslim. So he had no God given right to do his job as a soldier. In fact, there are many Americans who believe he did not even worship the same God.

The fact that this general was largely responsible for the defeat (such as it is) of ISIS in the region, a triumph which President Trump loses no opportunity to claim personally and thus helped to make America and Americans safer, is seldom mentioned.

As a young adult of the 1970s and 80s in Jamaica, I can say I have seen it all before but the world has changed and America seems to have picked the wrong region and religion this time.