Killing Sulaimani- How The Butcher of the People Became an Anti-Imperialist Hero

Killing Sulaimani- How The Butcher of the People Became an Anti-Imperialist Hero

We live in a world where we often forget that multiple truths can co-exist at the same time. In an era of media conglomerates that regurgitate the same pro war slogans and headlines, and a time where the failures of the Left are stark and vast, the truth is often reduced to a simplistic, manichaean duality of black/white, either/or, US/Iran perspective. Anti-imperialists who have long supported the brutality of the Assad regime in the name of Left-Leaning ideological praxis are rabidly defending another brutal, violent regime- Iran- without any regard for historical facts and realities; without any regard for the reality of the lives of millions of Iranians terrorized, violated and oppressed into silence; without any regard for the daily reality of the oppressed living under a brutal dictatorship who is only second to China in its execution of dissidents, artists, feminists and human rights activists. Yet, anti-US imperialists have turned Sulaimani into a heroic, stoic figure, dripping with charisma and a quite self assurance- a hero who fought valiantly against ISIS and saved the Iranian people- in direct contrast to Trump’s vivid incoherence and recklessness. Since when did anti-imperialism mean being avid supporters of evil dictators rather than the oppressed and the colonized?

Here are some basic truths about the current US-Iran situation:

1) Sulaimani was a butcher and an instrument of Iranian proxy violence terrorizing millions in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, etc. One of his main roles was to supply Hezbollah with a constant supply of missiles and rockets, while also quietly deploying 50,000 Iranian military to Syria in support of the brutal Assad regime. He was instrumental in the ongoing tragedy in Yemen though Iran’s direct support for the Houthis. His role in preventing ISIS from entering Iran can be largely attributed to the Sunni-Shia divide (ISIS is Sunni, Iran an avid Shia regime). His role in fighting ISIS in Syria had more to do with supporting the Assad regime and ending a rival Sunni group that was directly treating its own regional hegemony; rather than Sulaimani being concerned about peace and the safety of the ordinary people. As he engaged in these foreign measures, he was the leader of the notorious Quds forces terrorizing, executing, spying and kidnapping pro-democracy, women’s rights and human rights forces inside Iran.

Hundreds of thousands have died as a result of Sulaimani’s role carrying out Iran’s regional objectives. His involvement in these countries had a direct impact on the democratic aspirations of the Kurds, Syrians, Iranians and other oppressed minorities in the region.

2) Iran is a very bad regime. The only group of Iranians truly mourning Sulaimani’s execution are conservative Iranians allied with the Mullah’s running the regime. Yes, Sulaimani represented Iranian nationalism but in a very specific, narrow mould that conformed to the Ayatolah’s vision of ‘Iran’. Most Iranians, Iraqis and Syrians are quietly if not openly (albeit wearily) celebrating Sulaimani’s death. They also know that killing a symbolic figure head- who is already replaced by Brigadier General Esmail Ghanni, an even more conservative and notorious figure by the Iranian regime- does not end a policy implemented and thoroughly propagated by the Ayatollah’s.

3) The US is a very bad regime with an unfortunately short memory and inability to utilize lessons learned from past cases by starting conventional wars though direct interventions, invasions or reckless policies such as an assassination of the second most brutal butcher within the notorious Iranian security forces.

Iran is admittedly far more measured and restrained in its response not because it shows a combatively greater level of respect for the terrors of war and respects the lives of its own citizens; but rather using its Soft-Power through economic, political or military means it carefully implements its policies. It is measured. It is careful to use its proxies to clandestinely, covertly implement its vast regional aspirations and agendas. Its one and only loyalty is in maintaining its one continuity, while entrenching its objectives of entrenching Shia-Sunni divisions. There is a unity, a coherence to Iranian foreign policy and its implementation of soft power- especially relative to the recent incoherence in US foreign policy under Trump. This is why a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ indicated that Iran is the greatest influencer in the region. This is why Iran has yet to respond in the same rash, reckless manner that Trump has in executing Sulaimani.

Finally, the ordinary citizens of the Middle East, especially Iran and Iraq, do not want a war with the US. They want a removal of the Ayatollah regime which continues to terrorize them and influence their daily realities with its own security and national self interests but not in the same manner that Saddam was removed in 2003. This was an invasion that resulted in the failure of Iraq as a state, the rise of ISIS and the incomprehensible level of violence that occurred as a result, the Yazidi genocide, the rise of the Iranian backed Hshed al-Shahbi forces and more. No sane person wants war. No democracy loving person wants war with Iran. Likewise, sanctions will only impose more pressure on the already suffering people of Iran who are struggling through an economic crises. Regime change must occur internally, organically and as a result of the voices and actions of the people of Iran. Anything else will smack of interventionism and imperialism- and will never be viewed as legitimate.

Here are some final basic truths: You can cheer the end of Sulaimani and still be anti-war. You can condemn the way Sulaimani was executed but still be relieved that he is no longer around to terrorize people. You can be anti-US imperialism and anti-Iranian dictatorship and brutality. Being anti-US imperialism, being anti-Trump’s reckless disregard for humanity does not mean that you should make Sulaimani a symbol of freedom, or Leftist ideology. Sulamani was a butcher. Trump is a dangerous megalomanic. The Ayatollah’s are just as guilty, dripping with the blood of millions across the region funding terrorist groups and proxy wars. Let Sulaimani die the butcher he was, with a fitting illegal end- the same he dished out to thousands-, without turning him into an anti-imperialist hero of the people- and by extension justifying the Iranian regime. The only loyalty you should have should be for the ordinary people of Iran, Iraq and the region. It is 2020, and it is about time we started viewing such issues in all their complexities, realizing that multiple truths can co-exist and that a simplistic analysis serves no one but those hungering for war.

Hawzhin Azeez


23 thoughts on “Killing Sulaimani- How The Butcher of the People Became an Anti-Imperialist Hero

  • January 5, 2020 at 1:13 am
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    Please send me some links on Al Assad’s misdoings. I have a few friends from Syria, kurds also that say that Assad is the best alternative to anyone in the region or area.

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    • January 6, 2020 at 5:35 pm
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      read the writings of Samar Yazbek
      Assad imprisoned, tortured, and slaughtered thousands of his own people during the initially peaceful protests of 2011, fomenting ethno religious differences and plunging the entire country into a civil war backed by local and international powers…

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  • January 5, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    Killing Sulaimani- How The Butcher of the People Became an Anti-Imperialist Hero

    Fantastic analysis. I hope you don’t mind for me to post it in our website.

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    • January 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm
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      Please do. Thank you for reading!

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      • January 6, 2020 at 12:30 am
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        Very good article! The Iranian people I’ve met here in the United States and abroad have all been very beautiful people.
        It seems like they like the people here eat up the propaganda that they’re spoon-fed by the government. If the U. S. Government wanted to make a real impression they could of captured him and put them on trial at the UN the war crimes war crimes against humanity. And it would be a good idea to take former US presidents and other world dictators and prime ministers and put them on trial also for crimes against humanity. The common man needs to stand up to these people and the one to take their place know what is expected of them.

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    • January 7, 2020 at 5:14 am
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      Can u show me a nation where the US has intervened militarily “behalf of the its oppressed people” that is not in ruins today.

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  • January 5, 2020 at 1:18 pm
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    This has to be one of the best analysis I’ve read so far on the Iran-US feud. I am a leftist so I can relate with the perspectives very well and they are quite clear. I won’t mind if I can keep getting a direct access to analysis of this quality. I luckily stumbled on this link from twitter.

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    • January 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm
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      Who can say that your truth is the real truth? You presenting a few actions of Sulaimani as facts, but where is the proofs of them? For example, do you have any evidence that this person was supplying hezbollah? Do you have some kind of paper wich proves the direct order? To me the whole article seems to be like proselytizing and propagandizing jurnalism…

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  • January 5, 2020 at 2:40 pm
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    Most eloquent and well reasoned statement of current affairs I have read. Thank you for writing.

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  • January 5, 2020 at 3:18 pm
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    That’s your view and has a lies because who is always make tension in world it’s just usa, always attack any country they want and they make reason, when they attack Iraq they said they have a nasty chemicals weapon but after war even there is no such a things, people are not stupid and any country want defense it self they call it terrorist but who is the first real terrorist government it’s just usa so stop making bullshits.

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  • January 5, 2020 at 8:42 pm
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    Brilliant piece of writing — thank you for
    This

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  • January 5, 2020 at 9:56 pm
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    Thank you for this example of practical dialectical thought.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 12:37 am
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    Very good article! The Iranian people I’ve met here in the United States and abroad have all been very beautiful people.
    It seems like they like the people here eat up the propaganda that they’re spoon-fed by the government. If the U. S. Government wanted to make a real impression they could of captured him and put them on trial at the UN the war crimes war crimes against humanity. And it would be a good idea to take former US presidents and other world dictators and prime ministers and put them on trial also for crimes against humanity. The common man needs to stand up to these people and the one to take their place know what is expected of them.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 1:13 am
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    Your article is biased because it only reflect a little about US brutality and bullying you are most concerned about Iran therefore this remain your biased opinion.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 2:29 am
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    I absolutely detest the liberal media line calling Sulaimani a “butcher” as they respectfully call Bush/Trump/Obama/Netanyahu PRESIDENTS. If you are an ISIS sympathizer, yes he was a butcher. If you supported Al Qaeda and Al Nusra in Syria against Assad, yes he was a butcher. One man’s butcher is another man’s national hero. Sulaimani was a general of a democratic nation. Calling him a butcher is feeding into justifications of the terrorism and war crime that was his assassination. This is a terrible article that uses soft words for US and harsh words for Iran and the resistance to the USA. It is case-in-point of the propaganda industry that wants to now attack Iran.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 2:45 am
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    “The US is a very bad regime with an unfortunately short memory and inability to utilize lessons learned from past cases by starting conventional wars thRough direct interventions, invasions or reckless policies such as an assassination of the second most brutal butcher within the notorious Iranian security forces.”

    Oh, come on. The question here is a short memory?

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    • January 8, 2020 at 8:19 am
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      At least a short memory, yes. Certainly it isn’t the only problem in US foreign policy, but the refusal to learn from–or even learn–history is one of our greatest political liabilities. Almost nobody in the US has any idea what our history of involvement/interference with Iranian politics has been over the last 75 years. The Iraq war has been largely forgotten; that we utterly destabilized the whole region with a war that, according to its supporters, was supposed to magically (or was it surgically..?) install a democracy that would then spread to neighboring states is simply not talked about in the public sphere. Ever.

      We still seem to think war solves problems. I’m not sure anyone else in the world still believes this–after the massive destruction of the Twentieth Century you’d think it would be clear. But we don’t believe we are capable of failure, and so when it occurs, it is brushed off, erased, forgotten.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 6:30 am
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    Thank you for your clarity, from a US feminist anti-imperialist.

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  • January 6, 2020 at 5:16 pm
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    Most balanced summary I have yet to read, free of the agendized pro-Whoever nonsense of the various players and their mouthpieces. Thank you. (I can tell you are accurate in your analysis just by the enraged feedback of those who have bought into the propaganda of various sides. Good work!) 🙂

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  • January 6, 2020 at 9:54 pm
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    Sorry but who exactly are these anti-imperialists you are referring to? I hang around lots of different leftist / anti-US imperialist communities and groups in social media and haven’t seen anyone praise Sulaimani.

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  • January 7, 2020 at 6:21 am
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    As Iranian, whose not only fighting online against facists and mullahfacists, but tankies as well, thank you for your terrefic analyse and legitimate criticism for those who are gloating over Soleimani without getting basic facts about his genocide history which started already in Kurdistan and Iran, Before expanding in Syria and Iraq, and then also massacre during Iranprotests.

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  • January 7, 2020 at 6:40 am
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    Very good article. We can do little about the brutal leaders of the middle east region. But we can and must do something about our own brutal megalomaniac leaders.

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