NY Times reporter posts video of Soleimani reciting poetry, while The New Yorker descibes him as “a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows…”
Things required to be a liberal media revolutionary icon:
1. Hate America.
2. Be A Brutal Murderer and Terrorist
3. Have a Beard and “Dreamy” Eyes
4. Be Photogenic
5. Be Killed by America or Its Allies
Che Guevara had it all. He was anything but liberal, but posters of that murderous, racist monster hang in dorm rooms and faculty offices throughout the country, and he is treated as a revolutionary hero in the media, because he checked all those boxes.
So too, apparently, does Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq. Soleimani was the man responsible for sowing mayhem throughout the Middle East and beyond:
A 2013 New Yorker profile quoted John Maguire, a former CIA officer in Iraq, describing him as “the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today.” The piece said that since he took over the Quds Force, whose numbers it put at 10,000-20,000, Soleimani “has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran’s favor, working as a power broker and as a military force: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and, for most of a decade, directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq.”
Soleimani’s legacy is the gruesome, advanced IEDs that haunted U.S. troops in Iraq:
Soleimani’s Quds Force provided EFP training and logistics to militants in Iraq, along with far-reaching supply routes and factories inside the country, … where knowledge and tips on their construction filled CD-ROMs circulated among bombmakers….
Iran was responsible for at least 603 U.S. deaths in Iraq, defense officials have said, or about a sixth of all fatalities.
Soleimani particularly hated Jews and Israel:
He was behind the arming of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and the bombing of an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria in 2012. Plots over the years against Israeli embassies and synagogues around the world all came from him.
This monster, though, checks all the boxes:
1. Hate America √
2. Be A Brutal Murderer and Terrorist √
3. Have a Beard and “Dreamy” Eyes √
4. Be Photogenic √
5. Be Killed by America or Its Allies √
Solemeini represents a repressive anti-liberal regime, but he checks every box, so of course WaPo described him as a “revered” military figure.
Breaking news: Airstrike at Baghdad airport kills Iran’s most revered military leader, Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi state television reports https://t.co/NbZW4DaWvD
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 3, 2020
A New York Times reporter posted a video of Solemeini reciting poetry. Those eyes, and soft voice. He’s so much more cultured than Orange Man Bad.
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 3, 2020
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This is not reporting. Reporting would be writing of his murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians. His starving of Syrian cities and towns. His proxy terrorists and militia spreading wars and terror in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. The millions of Iraqis rising up against him. https://t.co/gW5i7bVIAM
— Rashad Ali (@rashadzali1) January 3, 2020
And then there’s this, from the New Yorker describing Soleimani as:
“a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows…”
How is The New Yorker eulogizing Qasem Suleimani?
"Suleimani, a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows…"
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 3, 2020
Qassem — may we call him that? — has not reached Che status yet. Give it time. He’s well on his way.
It’s hard to know which will be the iconic image on posters, there are so many of them.
This one, using an image from the website of the Ayatollah, seems to be the likely choice:
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