The nation was shocked Thursday evening to hear that U.S. airstrikes had taken out top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the ruthless head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its affiliated Quds Force that has terrorized the Middle East and the world at large for decades.
Soon after, President Donald Trump, who gave the order for Soleimani to be killed, explained why such a move was necessary, sharing the heartbreaking news that Soleimani had “killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans…and was plotting to kill many more.”
A long-overdue move
In a tweet on Friday, Trump revealed some of the heinous acts alleged to have been committed by Soleimani. “General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught!” Trump said.
He continued: “[Soleimani] was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number…of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.”
Trump went on to say that Soleimani was a “hated and feared” general in Iran whose death was long overdue.
“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe,” Trump wrote. “He should have been taken out many years ago!”
A message to terrorists
Later in the day, President Trump offered additional remarks on the killing of Soleimani in a speech delivered in Palm Beach, Florida, near his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act, and terminated him,” Trump said.
The president went on: “Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you; we will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies.” Watch below:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 3, 2020
While critics in the media have alleged that Trump may have just inadvertently started World War III with this move, Trump said Friday that the move was necessary to keep the peace. “We took action last night to stop a war,” he insisted. “We did not take action to start a war.”
Indeed, while no one likes to see violence, this decisive action may have just saved countless American lives — and that’s definitely something worth celebrating.