The Undefeated ‘Sardar’: Shaheed-e-Azam Qassem Soleimani

Protesters gather at a demonstration against the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Jan. 5.

‘Shaheed-e-azam’ Qassem Soleimani (1957-2020), will be remembered by history as one of the greatests strategic minds of all time, someone who out-fought and out-thought the world power of his day.

In Iraq, Soleimani confronted the illegal US occupation pragmatically. Rather than completely reject the political process, Iran supported it, producing a government in 2005 that was friendlier to them than to the United States. The US was defeated in Iraq because the local population had a neighbour, Iran, that was willing to take on greater US hostility to help Iraqis plant the seeds of national resistance deep inside the ‘officially’ collaborationist state apparatus.

How did the US counter this political defeat? By giving the go-ahead from 2006 onwards for the Saudis to ramp up funding for al-Qaeda, to wage an “all-out war” (to quote Abu Musab al-Zarqawi) against Shia Muslims who are the majority of Iraq. Therefore, to deal with Soleimani’s strategy, the US resorted to allowing its own occupying soldiers to get killed by Saudi backed militias like al-Qaeda in Iraq. Now Trump is trying to make Americans believe that those deaths were Soleimani’s doing, all the while protecting the Saudi monarchy while it commits genocide against Yemen.

The ‘shallow’ US state, particularly the army occupying Iraq, was ‘officially’ an ally of the Iraqi government, while the ‘deep’ US state was covertly overseeing the arming of groups, like al-Qaeda, that stand accused of killing far more Americans than anything Soleimani has been accused of doing. No wonder then why US army vets are so disillusioned and also why Tulsi Gabbard is popular. She is someone who joined the ‘war on terror’, thinking it was to fight al-Qaeda “for 9/11”, only to see the ‘deep’ state side with al-Qaeda quite openly under Obama.

Many Americans also thought they were bringing democracy to the Iraqi people, they didn’t, rather the Iraqis forced the US occupation to give them democracy as a concession, precisely because men like Soleimani stood in the shadows, fomenting Shiite rebellion. Without that IRGC-backed leverage, the Iraqis would have found it much harder to take back their state from the occupation, which is why today, the consequence of the US terrorist attack in Baghdad will be the Iraqi parliament demanding a US withdrawal. Thus even his death will deal the Americans a humiliating defeat, that too by a democracy they’re forced to recognise as a consequence of their own stated aims.

Recently Trump met some pro-war “Christian” Zionists who endorsed his terrorism, one of whom, Peter Burns cluelessly accused Soleimani of having “wreaked havoc on Christians” in Iraq. What? No, that was ISIS, which Soleimani played a key role in crushing. Maybe these US “Christians” should remember the story of the Good Samaritan? The story told by Jesus of someone in need who gets more solidarity from foreigners than members of their own nation.

While the US, a country that LARPs as “Christian” when it’s convenient, was arming and funding al-Qaeda/ISIS in Syria, Hezbollah, a beneficiary of IRGC training, fought to liberate the ancient Christian town of Ma’aloula, thus saving one of the cradles of Christianity from being destroyed by Wahhabi extremists who have since looted the town of its priceless artefacts to fund their war against the Syrian state.

Soleimani had the ability to transform local, relatively inexperienced recruits into effective, professional and disciplined units. So, when Syria was being invaded by mercenaries from Turkey/Jordan during the opening phase of the war (2011-onwards), the need to train local populations to defend territory while the army went on the offensive was met by the IRGC, producing the Syrian NDF, once again, teaching local populations to fight for themselves.

Throughout history, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Turks have invaded the Iranian plateau from the flat plains of Iraq, but the US will not join that ‘Hall of Fame’ because of men like ‘Sardar’ Soleimani, that’s his legacy. By contrast his murderers including Trump will be remembered as lying cowards with no honour who were hated by their own people.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

Roohet shad

5 thoughts on “The Undefeated ‘Sardar’: Shaheed-e-Azam Qassem Soleimani”

  1. Dorothy Reilly

    Why on earth would you bring up Tulsi Gabbard when she so blithely spouted the CIA Office of Propaganda lies about Qassem Soleimani ""Look, there is no question about how evil this guy is. No one should shed a tear."

    1. Jay Tharappel

      To demonstrate that even those who revile him today, even the anti-war ones like Gabbard, have adopted their positions largely because of US failures to counter the strategy Shaheed Soleimani effectively spearheaded in Iraq.

  2. Lal salam!
    About that:
    "@partisangirl" is literally a fascist, and thus a delusional liar (and hated by many (including VERY) pro-Damascus Syrians…). She affirms, among other things, that the Kurds are "settlers"’, "nomads who have never lived in Syria (and in North and South Kurdistan…)" (they are in Syria since thousands of year…), and even uses explicitly some of the worst western, erdoganist and trumpist lies (and the goebbelsian "Holodomor" invention and term…).You have writted some very brilliant articles, but you are very very naive or misinformed to believe her lies.
    Despite A TINY HANDFUL of pro-imperialist individuals and some bad tactical diplomatic declarations among the leaders of the QSD (SDF) and AANES, if you believe any accusation of any pro-US and pro-Western policy of the AANES you are totally wrong :-YPG-YPJ-QSD and AANES don’t apply "Caesar law" and embargos… they undergo it like the rest of Syria!!I think that this is the worst and the most delusional : "[The YPG] Apply "Cesar Law" sanctions that prevent raw material to make life saving drugs from getting into the country."LOOOL, PLEASE think for two seconds, by what means would the YPG-AANES do that ???!! And obviously and logically, because of the turkish, KDPist and imperialist embargos, AANES suffers greatly on the medical field, and has less drugs and medical equipments than the Damascus government…-LOL obviously the QSD don’t burn the fields, that are barely enough to feed the population, they mobilise tens of thousands of QSD and HPC members to protect them and try to extinguish the fires, because obviously the fascist Turkish army and their takfirists do it (like the last year, and as they do in North (Bakur) and South Kurdistan for years and decades…). And you know that the vast majority of the fields and the vast majority of the territory of the AANES are whitout the presence of a single US military and hermetically closed to them, and with Russian and SAA presence since October 2019, right…??-And you know that the oil is mainly used for internal consumption and that 90 % or more of what is sold out of AANES is sold to Damascus and at a reasonable price, in total opposition to the desires of the US and West, right… ? To pay the very modest wages of the SDF members and people of AANES…And that there was never any agreement with an "israeli company", right… ? (you also relayed this immedialely debunked grotesque fake…)
    Some infos por you (ANF is one of the official medias of the Kurdish Liberation Movement (KLM) and AANES) :​​​​​​​​​–Hashd-al-Shaabi-visit-Tehran-​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​يك-درخواست-عاجل-از-سردار-قاسم-سليماني​​​ ​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​
    You are wrong about the role of the different bourgeois fractions of the Iranian State in Iraq between 2003 and 2014. An (or several) iranian compradore bourgeois fraction(s) collaborated with the US occupation, mainly through the corrupted "Badr" organization wich directly participated in the assassination of thousands of Iraqi civilians in 2003-2014, mainly Sunnis. But the Iranian anti-imperialist national bourgeoisie, and its "armed branch", the IRGC-QF led by Qassem Soleimani, opposed that, and supported the Iraqi anti-imperialist Resistance : the movement of Muqtada al-Sadr, Kata’ib Hezbollah and others… AGAINST "Badr", among others!And Şehîd Soleimani and the IRGC-QF immensely enlarged and restructured (and most likely purged too) Badr (and the "regular" Iraqi army) in 2014, and integrated it alongside the genuine anti-imperialist forces (wich are the majority) of Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF/PMU).

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