Iran promises “crushing revenge” for the death of Qassim Suleimani

Elizabeth Cherinka, Editor-in-Chief

President Trump led a drone strike to Baghdad International Airport, which killed Iran’s top security intelligence commander, Qassim Suleimani, on Friday, January 3rd.

Maj. Gen Qassim Suleimani led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Suleimani was planning attacks on Americans, which is what led to the strike.

Suleimani was responsible for the death of thousands of people, but his death puts even more lives at risk with the threat of a war in the Middle East.

The country’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for three days of mourning and then retaliation. Iran’s defense minister promised “crushing revenge” on America for the “unjust assassination”.

Along with Suleimani, several Iraqi militia officials backed by Tehran, were killed. This strike increases the already existing tensions that Trump has with the Tehrans.

Tehran’s administration spokesman stated, “We will teach such a lesson to the US that Donald Trump and all future presidents of the United States will never forget.” Tehran also stated that “Iran will retaliate directly against US military sites.”

The drone strike was an action that previous presidents would not take because it could lead to a potential war.

Congress was unaware of the assassination when it took place, and they were only formally notified until January 4th, a day later. They have still yet to explain the legal justification for the strike.

Republican lawmakers consider Trump’s actions “decisive” while Democratic lawmakers consider his actions rash and impulsive.

Richard Fontaine, chief executive officer of the nonpartisan Center for a New American Security, stated “The difference between decisive and impulsive turns in part on what happens after you make the decision.”

Iran has stated that they will no longer cooperate with the nuclear weapon restrictions. Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2018, saying it was flawed because it was only in effect for 15 years. Now, Iran has dropped out of it, a decade early.

Another consequence of tensions in the Middle East is oil. Iran can target Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure as a retaliation against the US because Saudi Arabia is an ally.

Trump has issued a notice from the State Department telling all Americans to leave Iraq immediately. He also issued a warning, via Twitter, to deter Iran from retaliating. He said that if Iran retaliates, they “WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”