The Trump regime’s assassination of Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobiliziraation Unit commander Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad was a flagrant breach of international and US constitutional law under its Supremacy Clause.
By Stephen Lendman
Claiming jus ad bellum justification, the notion of conditions under which it’s permissible to attack another country, is a nonstarter, a Big Lie fooling no one.
Neither Iran, Iraq, or other nations anywhere threaten US national security.
Claims otherwise by its officials are backed by no corroborating evidence because none exists.
Iran, Iraq, and most other nations are at peace with other states.
The US, NATO, and Israel are waging endless wars on humanity regionally and globally.
The killings of Soleimani and Muhandis by drone or any other means was a US act of aggression against both countries.
At the time, a US war department statement said the following:
“At the direction of the president (Trump), the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad (sic) by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (sic),” adding:
“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans (sic).”
“The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world (sic).”
The war department statement falsely blamed Soleimani for high crimes in the region — committed by the US and its imperial partners, not the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei denounced Soleimani’s assassination, saying:
He’s “an international figure of the resistance, and all the devotees of resistance are now his avengers,” adding:
“All the friends and foes must know that the path of jihad of the resistance will continue with double motivation, and a definite victory awaits those who fight in this auspicious path.”
“The demise of our selfless and dear general is bitter, but the continued fight and achievement of the final victory will make life bitterer for the murderers and criminals.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his assassination “doubled the determination of the great nation of Iran and other free nations to stand against and resist the excessive demands of the US and to defend the Islamic values,” adding:
“There is no doubt that this cowardly and evil move is another sign of US desperation, inability and failure in the region, and the hatred felt by the regional nations toward this criminal regime.”
“The great nation of Iran and other free nations of the region will take revenge for this heinous crime against the criminal US.”