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TRUMP vs. IRAN

05-01-2020

The assassination of  Iranian General Quassem Soleimani by a surgical strike on the order of US President Trump is world news, for a few days. The comments on this act are as can be expected. The Americans, depending on their politcal views, are proud or puzzled. The Iranians announce revenge and the Europeans plead for de-escalation.  I shall refrain from joining the fruitless debate between opinions, and limit myself to two background notes:

The first one can be found in the Prologue to my book: W.ESTERN COOPERATION. Origin and History. Volume III in my series Footprints of the 20th. century (third edition). The Islamic Republic of Iran, since its inception in 1979,has organised  international terrorist operations by itself. The General himself played a leading role in these operations in the Middle East, in Yemen, against Israel, in  Lebanon and in Iraq and in support of Assad's regime in Syria. From the American perspective, the strike against Soleimani was a sequel to the elimination of Osama Bin Laden and the leader of the Islamic State.

The second one, also discussed in my book, has to do with the decision of former President Bush in 2003 to invade Iraq. Together with the war against terrorism in 2001 as a response to 9/11, the decisions of President Bush put the U.S. on a risky strategy of confrontation rather than mediation in the troublesome and chaotic Middle East, more and more divided between Sunni-Islam and Shiíte Islam regimes. America and the West have a long history - in fact since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 - of mismanagement of Middle East conflicts based on the illusion of Westernization an democratization of the successor states to the Ottoman Empire.


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