The recent drone attack resulting in Qasem Soleimani’s death has struck up considerable conversation and controversy. President Donald Trump ordered the strike resulting in Soleimani’s death on Jan. 3, 2020. Many citizens were divided on whether or not this was the right decision, but I’m here to say why it is.
Soleimani was a powerful general in Iran’s military force from 1979-2020, with his death ending his service. Many American military deaths were caused by missile attacks planned by him. According to a release by the U.S. state department, since 1998 Soleimani commanded Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF), known for its relationship in causing terror outside of Iran’s borders. The United States designated the IRGC-QF as a foreign terror organization and Soleimani as a terrorist. The IRGC-QF has been responsible for arming, funding, and training different groups surrounding Iran.
These groups are responsible for thousands of deaths in the Middle-East including many Americans. With Soleimani as the leader, this is his direct doing. As a result of some previous actions the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union banned him from international travel under the United Nations security council resolution 2231. He defied this and continued travel between Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in which he continued to command hostile attacks.
Soleimani’s most recent attack on the American people was a missile strike on Dec. 27, 2019. The strike killed one American civilian, injured four American service members, and had the potential to injure or kill many more. All of these attacks on civilians and American people are what led to Trump’s decision to kill Soleimani.
Many have disagreed with the reason for why Soleimani was killed. The United States military stated that he was actively developing plans for attacks that would harm innocent lives. However, no evidence has been released to prove that he was planning a said attack.
Evidence on this attack should not be needed to justify the death of Soleimani. There has been evidence that he ordered and commanded multiple previous attacks. For years he has been supplying and leading terrorist forces leading to the endangerment and death of the lives of many different people. The world already knows that was the only way to stop him. He clearly refused to abide by the rules of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, so how else could the U.S. deal with him? The decision to end his life was just.
Trump ordered a drone strike on Soleimani as he left the Baghdad airport. He was struck with a Hellfire missile ensuring his death. This decision was the right one to make. Being informed of the past crimes and history of Soleimani’s violence, Donald Trump rightfully killed Soleimani, ending his reign of terror throughout the continents. The assassination of Soleimani was justice being served. Trump made the world safer. Soleimani can no longer help, train, or supply different proxy groups around Iran. Had he been left alive, many lives would still be endangered in the future. Soleimani’s efforts to supply and support the terrorist forces are now subdued, bringing relief to many civilians and across the middle-east and across the rest of the world.
See Features Editor Annabelle Rivera’s Counterpoint here: