Onward Christian Soldiers: Conservatives celebrate after the Trump-ordered assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general and the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, the foreign arm of Iran’s military force.
A US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump on a Baghdad airport has killed a top Iranian commander in a major escalation in regional tensions that have pitted Tehran against Washington and its allies in the Middle East.
The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed a strike killed Qasem Soleimani, who as head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force became the architect of Tehran’s proxy conflicts in the Middle East. The strike was carried out with a drone, a US defense official told CNN.
On Twitter, #WWIII trended after news of the assassination went viral, with many fearing the ill-planned stunt would send the region, and possibly the world, into yet another devastating war.
However, while reasonable people viewed Trump’s impulsive actions with trepidation and suspicion, conservatives celebrated Trump’s act of war.
For example, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro called Trump’s actions totally righteous:
No one wants more — least of all Trump. But the best way to prevent war with Iran is to stop them from regional aggression through restored deterrence — not paying off the terrorists who are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans so they can pursue more terror.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2020
While Matt Walsh of the conservativeDaily Wire’s Matt Walsh defended Trumps actions by claiming that being anti-war is a “stupid, unserious position for children and idiots.”
“Anti-war” is a stupid, unserious position for children and idiots. Obviously there are times when military strikes are necessary and appropriate. I believe this is one of those times. The other option is, what, to cower in the corner while our embassies are under siege? Absurd. https://t.co/vTbZy9Reny
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) January 3, 2020
And Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter gleefully declared: “Donald Trump certainly gave those sons of bitches something to mourn about…”
Well, Donald Trump certainly gave those sons of bitches something to mourn about…— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) January 3, 2020
However, while conservatives were celebrating, more serious and sober minds were contemplating the prospect of a new Holy War.
For example, expressing the concerns of many thoughtful observers, Matthew Gabriele, Professor of Medieval Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech, tweeted:
— Matt Gabriele (@prof_gabriele) January 3, 2020
listen, this war with Iran is going to be considered a holy war. by both sides. talk to some scholars of religion
This is a developing story. Earlier today, CNN reported that the U.S. is sending thousands of additional troops to the Middle East:
The US will deploy thousands of additional troops to the Middle East as tensions with Iran mount following the airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, a US defense official tells CNN.
Bottom line: Conservatives celebrate a prelude to Holy War after the Trump-ordered assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani.