This is one news story that will get Donald Trump’s attention. While the rest of the world wide press is reporting all the drastic possibilities and permutations of Trump’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani, not to mention the reality of Iraq telling the U.S. to leave and Iran throwing aside the 2015 nuclear deal, the wildly popular general was laid to rest. Iran state TV is reporting that “millions” flooded the streets, but even if it’s only half a million or so, that’s more than the crowd at Trump’s inauguration and that is guaranteed to incense him. Financial Times:
Sakineh, a 70-year-old woman, struggled to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of mourners who had gathered in the streets of Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city, to pay tribute to military commander Qassem Soleimani. “But I thought even my dead body should be at the funeral,” she said, walking with difficulty. “We owe a lot to him.” The US assassination of the commander responsible for Iran’s foreign military strategy on Friday has triggered one of the biggest public outpourings of grief seen in the country.
Can you feature anybody wanting to honor Trump so badly, that she would show up, even in death? Let’s hope Trump doesn’t find out about this.
Having been taken earlier on Sunday to Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, in commemoration of Soleimani’s part in the battle against Iraq in the 1980s, the body has been taken to Mashhad’s holiest shrine, where the eighth Imam of Shias, Reza, is buried. In a sign of the depth of the mourning, the shrine’s green flags have been replaced by black ones. Iranian media and analysts estimated that as many as 1m people — a third of Mashhad’s population — had turned out on to the streets.
A third of the population? That will fry Trump’s circuits. And so will this: He may have given Soleimani what he really wanted all along.
“Although Gen Soleimani always dreamed of martyrdom, it is so painful to lose a man whose presence meant security for us,” said Farzaneh, a 20-year-old woman who was in tears. “We want revenge and should not worry about the US retaliation. They are more vulnerable than us.”
“His blood will change many things as his life changed many things. We shall see huge changes coming, like a big revolution,” said Hamid, a 27-year-old mechanic as he walked with his wife and small daughter.
Maybe there will be a new word coined for the dictionary, “trumpfired” which is “backfired on steroids, like when Trump assassinated Soleimani and everything went straight to Hell.” Trump loves to put his name on things, and it’s emblazoned for all times in the history books on this debacle. Who knows where it will lead, but so far things are not looking good. Trump miscalculated that this would be yet another outrage he would get away with, as he has so many, but in this case, retribution has been swift and certain. The only question that remains is how far will it go and how costly will it be?