In the wake of the targeted drone strike that took out top Iranian Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the regime in Tehran initially vowed to exact substantial retribution for the attack — only to later apparently settle for an ineffectual missile barrage on U.S.-occupied military bases in Iraq.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the pledge to seek revenge over Soleimani’s death also found expression in an explicit video threat to assassinate President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others, in a brazen assault on the U.S. Capitol building and White House in Washington.
That threat of assassination came by way of a short propaganda film that was aired by Fars News Agency, a state-run media outlet in Iran, meaning it obviously had the blessing of the ruling regime to air on television for all Iranian people to see.
The brief and utterly fantastical video was first obtained and analyzed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and subsequently shared in the West as an example of the sort of violent material the regime was spreading among the Iranian people.
Deadly assault depicted
In the video, which was initially released on Jan. 10, titled “Severe Revenge,” a group of Iranian officials were visibly upset as they learned of the death of Soleimani.
That grief was then shifted toward planning for a strike of revenge aimed at the “big fish” — President Trump — among a host of other potential targets including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Following some debate among whether to strike or not, and with a plan of action chosen, the video then shifted to what appeared to be plain-clothed Iranian fighters armed with automatic rifles in Washington, D.C., who launched their assault after the dome of the Capitol building exploded.
Charging the White House with rifles firing and mowing down anybody who got in their way, the Iranian fighters eventually made it inside, and the video showed Pompeo, Trump, and even Netanyahu all lying dead and bloodied on the floor.
The fighters then casually regrouped on the lawn outside of the front of the White House and the video ended.
Hatred on display
To say the video was ridiculous would be nothing short of an understatement, and it would be almost laughable if it weren’t for the deadly serious subject matter.
Also, to suggest that this piece of pure propaganda actually constitutes a real threat would be a gross overstatement. First of all, it appears to have been filmed and produced using 1980s technology, and it would be all but impossible for a whole slew of rifle-toting Iranian fighters to get anywhere near the Capitol building and White House, much less actually launch a successful attack against it.
Nevertheless, this video just goes to show the absolute hatred the repressive regime in Tehran holds for the U.S. and Israel — that they’d fantasize about assassinating the leaders of those two nations — and justifies the decision to strike and kill Soleimani, who, out of all Iranians, was potentially the one with the greatest capability to actually try and make this utter fantasy a reality.