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Killing Qassem Suleimani – Seven Weeks After The Assassination: Intended Consequences Backfiring. Taped Interview

February 26, 2020

Qassem Suleimani

KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince, hosted by Jim Nelson.

To listen to the interview. It begins 2 minutes and 25 seconds into the taping.

It is now some seven weeks since Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, Iraqi government official Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and their entourage were assassinated leaving the Baghdad Airport by missile fired by US killer drone on the early morning hours of January 3, 2020, an assassination authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump seven months prior to the murder.

What was the thinking of the Trump Administration this flagrant murder? Its political goal?

The main idea was that by killing a leader of the movement “decapitating the leadership” in the language of politics would through the coalition – the movement being the Axis of Resistance – into chaos. Without its “leader” the coalition – Iran, Iraq (parts of it), Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Yemenis, and Hamas among the Palestinians – would collapse.

It is essentially the logic that led to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X here in the United States a half century or more ago.

It worked (up to a point) in the case of King and Malcolm X. However times of changed and the Middle East is very different region with a whole different history and set of relations.

Now, some seven weeks after the Suleimani assassination we want to address the question: Has the “Axis of Resistance” been weakened by this event, and what has it achieved since then?

Let’s start with what has transpired in Iraq since…

(transcribed text will follow in a few days)

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