Global Times: Americas short-term operation of Assassination in the Middle East

 Global Times: Americas short-term operation of Assassination in the Middle East

The escalation of the conflict between the United States and Iran will be pushed back to December 27 last year, when a U.S. civilian contractor died and four U.S. soldiers were injured in a rocket attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq. Two days later, the U.S. military bombed the Allah brigade of Iraqi Shiite militia, which it believed should be responsible for the incident, killing 25 members of the group and condemning Iran as the mastermind of the attack on the U.S. base. Then came the siege of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq on December 31. Washington again accused Iran of taking full responsibility for the siege. The targeted removal of Sulaimani is the latest escalation of this situation.

More extensive information is needed to understand the current situation. In 2003, the United States overthrew Saddam Husseins regime through war, but the situation in Iraq did not correspond to what the United States wanted. The political territory of Iraq is sectarian and tribal, while Shiite believers account for 60% of the Iraqi population, which makes Tehran have a lot of space in Iraq. Sulaimanis visit to Baghdad is regarded as normal communication by some forces in Iran and Iraq. Therefore, they believe that the removal of Sulaimani by the United States is an Assassination and an act of international terrorism.

The United States has listed the Holy City Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization before. The United States and Iran refer to each other as terrorism, and then both sides report each others grievances and kill each others personnel. Does Washington want such a situation?

Of course, the United States has stronger power and means. It can kill even an important official like Iran. But how much hatred will killing a suleymani arouse among Shiite Muslims? At least will American people in the Middle East become safer?

To be sure, the anger and hatred that the United States provoked in doing so in Iran and the regions that support Iran are far greater than the fear that it wants to implant in those regions. Washingtons elites should really think about how many senior officials and even leaders America has killed since the war in Afghanistan? The United States has also paid a huge cost of life and money, but has the United States frightened those who hate the United States in the Middle East?

The answer is obviously No. the Middle Easts anti Americans have been cutting and growing again and again.

In the early years, the United States helped Israel fight Arabs, then helped Israel negotiate with Arabs, and later supported the Arab spring. Today, it helps Israel and the Sunni regime fight against the Shiite regime. But throughout, America has always had enemies in the Middle East. Its like sitting in an armored car, crushing a group of people, but also defending a group of people at the same time. The other side is not safe. It is only safe to sit in an armored iron shell.

Washington is likely to underestimate the seriousness of the political consequences of the killing of Sulaimani. Irans supreme leader Khameneis expression of severe retaliation is more than a threat, because it represents an emotion and voice of Shiite society in the Middle East. Even if Irans official forces do not take action next, will some forces in the region act spontaneously?

The United States is too strong, so its easy to itch when confronted with challenges. It thinks that force is the best way to use it, and it doesnt need to use it for nothing. But force can only kill, but it cant transform peoples hearts.

The Middle East policy of the United States cannot but fail in general. What Washington wants to do today is perhaps the most suitable way for American voters to vent their anger and exchange the votes favorable to the current government. Todays U.S. government may not have considered how to solve the Middle East problem in the long run at all. They are not interested in making such long-term investment in the Middle East. They are more willing to engage in short-term operations.

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