Written by John D. Guandolo
On January 2nd, the United States engaged in military operations in Baghdad, Iraq which killed the leader of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, as well Iraqi militia and Hizbollah leader in the region Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The Quds Force is the clandestine and overt military arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an inherent part of the largest state sponsor of terrorism on the planet – Iran.
In response to this action, many U.S. officials spoke out against the President’s authorization of this military operation.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN) tweeted, “We are outraged the president would assassinate a foreign official, possibly setting off another war without Congressional authorization.”
Obama official Ben Rhodes stated, “Trump may have just started a war with no congressional debate.”
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI) said over the weekend, “We cannot stay silent as this lawless President recklessly moves us closer to yet another unnecessary war.”
Democrat Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders said killing Soleimani is a “dangerous escalation that brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement saying, in part, “Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America — and the world — cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return.”
In a statement on twitter, former Vice President Joe Biden wrote, “President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.”
Democrat Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “But this reckless move (killing Soleimani) escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war.”
The question must be asked: Are these senior U.S. official unaware Iran has been consistently waging war against the United States for 40 years?
Soleimani, a senior Iranian official, was responsible for numerous military operations against the U.S. military and U.S. interests, including the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, with the full knowledge and approval of the Iranian government.
When military leaders of a foreign government overtly attack United States interests, those actions can be considered acts of war.
But we do not need to split hairs where Iran is concerned.
Iran’s constitution identifies Iran as an “Islamic Republic” and calls for jihad (war against non-muslims) until the world is under Islamic rule as is required by Allah’s divine law.
In 1979, under the direction of Iranian leadership, Iranians stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. They were released on President Reagan’s inauguration day.
Hizbollah, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and an arm of the Iranian government, was responsible for the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon on October 23, 1983 which killed 241 U.S. military personnel, 220 of them U.S. Marines.
Iran’s Hizbollah leader in Saudi Arabia, Ahmed al-Mughassil, was indicted by the United States for the 1996 bombing of the U.S. housing complex in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia which killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel.
Iran supported Al Qaeda’s 9/11/01 operation with intelligence, explosives training, and safe passage for Al Qaeda operatives (at least 8 of the 9/11 hijackers) training in and passing through Iran.
In the summer of 2008, Iranian President Ahmadinejad sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush inviting him to Islam. This letter was not taken seriously by U.S. intelligence officials.
However, an in-depth understanding of the threat – sharia – reveals this was an important event in Iran’s long war against America.
In “Allah’s divine law”/sharia, dawah – the call to Islam – is required before jihad can be waged. That 2008 letter from the leader of Iran to the leader of the United States was tantamount to a declaration of war by Iran against the United States.
Yet, the entire U.S. intelligence apparatus was unaware.
Most recently, Iran gave direct battlefield support via weapons, munitions, intelligence and more against the U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan during the conflicts there for the last seventeen years, resulting in hundreds, if not thousands of U.S. lives being lost.
President Trump’s authroization of military action which killed Iran’s Qud Force Commander will not START a war. It is the first retaliation by the United States in a war that has been waged against America for 40 years by Iran.
The United States IS at war with Iran, and has been since 1979.
Now its time to finish it.