Gen. Qassem Soleimani was a murderous villain whose bloody rap sheet included the killing of hundreds of American troops in Iraq.
“Soleimani is the guy that sent the copper-tipped IEDs into Iraq,” John McCain said in 2015.
Now, the man who reveled in making the bombs that tore through U.S. armored vehicles has himself been obliterated by the United States military.
A drone targeted Tehran’s top general and military mastermind just after he stepped off a plane at Baghdad Airport. According to the Associated Press, the blast tore his body to pieces and he was only identified by the ring he wore.
No one should shed a tear for this man.
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Soleimani was the strategic genius behind countless military operations, assassinations and terror attacks that caused the deaths of thousands of people and destabilized the entire region.
He was responsible for the recent attack on the American embassy in Baghdad as well as the Dec. 27 rocket attack on a U.S. military base in northern Iraq that killed an American contractor and wounded several military members.
But that doesn’t scratch the surface of his murderous life’s work.
Gen. Qassem Soleimani had another attack in the works, according to the Defense Department, and that is why he had to go. He “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Soleimani has been a key player in a regime that has terrorized the world for nearly 40 years.
From the 1979 hostage crisis, when 52 Americans were held for 444 days, to the scores of other hostages taken by Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, including the 15-month torture of Stoneham native Lt. Col. William F. Buckley before his death in 1985, Iran has sponsored and executed bloody terrorism around the world for decades, often targeting Americans, both civilian and military.
The theocratic, authoritarian state is still bent on sowing chaos, and there was no man more intimately involved with that project than Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
No more. This particular nightmare is over.
Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who fought in Iraq and lost an eye in an IED blast in Afghanistan, put it best, tweeting, when the news broke: “Tonight’s a good night. Soleimani, the world’s pre-eminent sponsor of terrorism, is now dead. He spent decades spreading death and destruction across the region, including engineering and providing IEDs to Shia militias in Iraq that were used to kill hundreds of Americans.”
The global consequences of these events have yet to play out, and we may or may not be at the precipice of something darker in our Middle East entanglements, but for today, we know that one man who killed and maimed hundreds of thousands has met his well-deserved end.
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