Gen. Soleimani World’s Most Accomplished Military Figure in Counter-Terrorism: Analyst

Kevin Barrett

Republiished from 5 October 2019

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst and author described Iran’s IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani as the “world’s most accomplished military figure” in the field of counter-terrorism.

“Major General Qassem Soleimani is the world’s most accomplished military figure in the field of counter-terrorism… Gen. Soleimani’s fight against Daesh (aka ISIS) is a wholehearted fight — unlike America’s ambivalent war on Daesh that has included covert support for the same terrorists it fights,” Kevin Barret from Madison told Tasnim.

Following is the full text of the interview.

Tasnim: How do you see the role of commander of the IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in fighting terrorist groups, particularly Daesh, in Iraq and Syria in the past years?

Barret: Major General Qassem Soleimani is the world’s most accomplished military figure in the field of counter-terrorism. The word “terrorism” is defined as the intentional targeting of civilians. Daesh is undoubtedly a terrorist organization since it intentionally targets civilians based on their ethnicity or religion. And it does so in such barbaric fashion that many have wondered whether part of its real mission is to make Islam look bad in the eyes of global public opinion.

Gen. Soleimani’s fight against Daesh is a wholehearted fight — unlike America’s ambivalent war on Daesh that has included covert support for the same terrorists it fights. Gen. Soleimani, unlike the Americans and Russians, has led forces that are indigenous to the region. His forces are genuinely committed to defeating Daesh. They are not just in it for a paycheck; whereas some of the anti-Daesh forces under US command, not to mention the Americans themselves, are mere mercenaries, of whom John Cale once said: “Mercenaries are useless, disunited, with nothing to keep them in the battle except a meager wage, which is just about enough to make them want to kill for you, but not enough to make them want to die for you.” Gen. Soleimani and his troops, unlike the mercenaries (including Daesh mercenaries drawing Saudi paychecks), are willing to put their lives on the line. Like the Ansarullah in Yemen, Gen Soleimani’s forces have fought bravely and skillfully against mercenaries hired by tyrants.

Tasnim: The 33-day war launched by Israel in 2006, also known as the July War, took place in Lebanon, northern parts of Occupied Palestine and the Golan Heights. How much do you think General Soleimani has been effective in strengthening the axis of resistance and confronting the US and Israeli plots in the region?

Barret: Gen. Soleimani recently gave a rare interview in which he discussed his role in the 33-day war. Western sources have long admitted that Gen. Soleimani’s leadership was a crucial factor in Hezbollah’s humiliation of the Zionists in 2006. But only now has the world learned that Gen. Soleimani spent virtually the entire war in Lebanon, shoulder to shoulder with Hezbollah leader Syed Hassan Nasrallah and commander Imad Moughnieh, who was later martyred in 2008.

Gen. Soleimani’s remarkable achievements (and his courage in taking the fight to the Zionist enemy in its own backyard) highlight the wisdom of Iran’s regional policy, which involves offering support to independent, principled groups committed to resisting Zionism and imperialism. This approach contrasts starkly with the American approach to building alliances, which seeks out ambitious, unprincipled egotists who are willing to sell out their countries for a fistful of American dollars. Those sell-outs become America’s “friends and allies.” But since they are basically selfish and corrupt, they are not very effective allies. They are not courageous in battle. Nor are they much loved by the people of their own countries.

Right now the Western world is wondering how Saudi Arabia, with its $67 billion military budget, can be losing to the low-budget Ansarullah forces. The answer is that the Saudi forces are corrupt from top to bottom. They are in bed with Zionism and imperialism, and they have no true leadership, no principles, and no real cause except their own pocketbooks.

Gen. Soleimani leads faithful Muslim forces committed to truth and justice. The Axis of Resistance is fighting for a just cause: to expel the forces of Zionism and imperialism from the Muslim East. This is a cause that the vast majority of the population of the region, in their heart of hearts, strongly supports. That is why the Axis of Resistance, with its relatively tiny military budget, can successfully wage a David vs. Goliath struggle and defeat the richest and most powerful entities on earth.

Tasnim: Mobilization of volunteer forces in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Lebanon by the General has played a key role in defeating hegemonic powers and their schemes. What do you think?

Barret: General Soleimani is able to mobilize volunteer forces not only due to the great respect in which he is held (even by his enemies) but because he is known to be fighting for a just cause. Nobody will volunteer to fight for a tyrant! But many will volunteer to fight against tyranny and aggression, especially when called upon by such a skillful and charismatic leader as General Soleimani.

The American mainstream coverage of the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria admits the key role played by these volunteer forces in defeating Daesh, while at the same time casting these volunteer forces as a problem for the US. This is one of those rare instances in which the mainstream media is basically right.

Americans and Zionists used the September 11, 2001, false flag to try to remake the region in their interests. They are now facing defeat, thanks to the resistance of the people of the region in general, and the leadership of the Axis of Resistance, including Gen. Soleimani, in particular. As an American citizen, I believe my government should face the reality of the situation and radically change its policy, embracing or at least working with principled, independent forces, and giving up on Zionism and the tyrannical (Persian) Gulf monarchies. Such a policy shift would align with America’s real interests. But it probably won’t happen until Zionist domination of the US ends.

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13 thoughts on “Gen. Soleimani World’s Most Accomplished Military Figure in Counter-Terrorism: Analyst”

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  2. Trump is now sounding like some warmongering madman. Has he been drugged or is his true nature finally revealing itself? Someone had better step forward and stop him before he drags us into the worse case scenario possible. Playing some kind of bizarre numbers game with human life (and possibly ALL human life) at risk is NOT the strategy of a sane person. This is totally NOT ACCEPTABLE.

    From ZH:

    “Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/no-more-threats-trump-warns-iran-52-targets-will-be-hit-very-fast-hard

  3. Trump is a lying hypocrite. Not only has he provided zero proof of any alleged misdeeds by General Soleimani, he ignores the constant criminal acts by Israel against Syria and most other countries over there as well as our own corrupt military being illegally in Syria for years now and even today stealing their oil! How many innocent Palestinians and their families and children have the Israelis killed and injured for life? Yet Trump murders by ambush, the most cowardly way to kill an opponent. If Trump had done the honorable thing and challenged the General to a duel, we all know who would be instantly dead. By his own cheating and avoiding the draft, he caused others to die or be injured in his place. Trump is the lowest of the low in America. All this confirms the dictum by the late Professor Howard Zinn, Ph.D.: “The jails are full of petty thieves but the grand thieves are running the country.” By the way this giant scholar also served in WWII.

    1. After having tolerated his previous pro-Israel moves–the Embassy to Jerusalem, Golan Heights to Israel, defunding the UN Palestinian-refugee effort and the expanded definition of “anti-Semitism”–this for me is the last straw. I can no longer support this Netanyahu-stooge for President of the United States. I am going to have to find a more suitable candidate, which will be tough sledding. But I am fed up with the Trump disaster.

      1. Jim the People of the US have nowhere to turn
        There is endemic corruption everywhere
        Backed up by the Shadow of the Beast lying Jewish dominated owned and controlled embedded media
        Lies distortion spin deception manipulation
        A constant diet of maleficent iniquities.
        Look what is happening in Virginia
        What is needed is someone like You
        A true blue American Patriot with a vast reservoir of integrity and respect
        To stand up to this cup of trembling
        People have seen through the lies of Sandy Hook and the Nasi Sanhedrin injustice dished out to You
        People have had enough
        The controlled Serpent Seed (Genesis 3:15) Media has been been dealt a fatal blow and is reeling through alternative truth outlets
        Nothing pervades light
        Now Eustace Mullins is another example of a true blue American Patriot such as Yourself
        Not to say in any way You are perfect which You would be the first to acknowledge and agree
        But never ever having made that claim but always endeavoring to deliver the truth and to turn over old sods (Lol)
        Here is a refresher course on Eustace Mullins
        A true blue American Patriot Who loved America and it’s people
        Who was onto what Americas real problem was years ago
        And what is destroying it now
        Secrets of the Federal Reserve (1-5)
        https://www.youtube.com/user/TWINTOWERTRUTH/videos

      2. Whoa, folks! Let’s wait until we understand what is happening before excoriating Trump. Kevin Barrett is extolling the virtues of deep-stater and world-class terrorist Suleimani, who is responsible for thousands and thousands of deaths. Either Trump was tricked by the Israelis into taking out an important Iranian asset OR he successfully avoided yet another attempt to draw him into a war in the Middle East, which he does not want.
        The bogus “Iranian nuclear deal” was a scheme to open up Iranian markets, orchestrated by Kerry, Obama, and others, for which Iran gained access to $50+ billion and was paid $1.7 billion in cash by the US government. You can bet there were generous kick-backs for everyone involved.
        Kerry has been negotiating privately with Iran, which is illegal under the Logan Act. Suleimani worked both with the Americans and against them, switching sides per advantage, and he was a pal of Obama. What is going on here? You can be sure that the MSM story is not the truth.

          1. 1:55 PM

            Opinion | Trump’s Iran attack distracts from impeachment — but can still hurt him politically
            https://www.nbcnews.com
            Trump faces the threat that the Soleimani assassination could actually end up hurting him politically. While Americans don’t like Iran, branded a state-sponsor of terrorism and a frequent bad actor in news reports, there’s little appetite for full-scale military confrontation against the Persian nation following the ravages of the Iraq war. A July Gallup poll found a mere 18 percent of Americans want to “take military action against Iran,” while 78 percent want to “rely mainly on economic and diplomatic efforts.” Republicans were nearly as anti-war as Democrats.

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