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Jonathan Kraut | Trump Rolls the Dice in Iran Actions

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15.01.2020

Last week, President Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Without question, Soleimani orchestrated the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers and his strategies have created instability among many of our Middle East allies. Few would argue that Soleimani’s death was undeserving.

Soleimani, with full approval of the Iranian government, had created a network of terrorism pitted primarily against the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel, and against our other allied interests in countries such as in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria.

To view Soleimani’s death in context, this is like Iran putting a hit on one of our top generals. We would consider the assassination of any of our military commanders as an act of war and Iran is reacting as would we.

We have been essentially in a war with Iran since the Iranian revolution in 1979 that ousted the Shah in favor of rule by Islamic law. Until Trump, our handling of this conflict has been somewhat measured and mature.

There are four essential items to better view Iranian influence over world affairs.

First, for a thousand years, Islam has been divided into Shi’a and Sunni factions that have........

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