Bulletin N° 874



Grenoble, 6 January 2020


Subject: The Murder of Qassem Soleimani: "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."




Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


Please find below suggested articles and essays which may shed some light for a better understanding of these dark times.




Francis Feeley


Professeur honoraire de l'Université Grenoble-Alpes
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego




(1)             “War With Iran”



by Chris Hedges

published on January 3, 2020



(2)   “ ‘He was sent to us’: at church rally, evangelicals worship God and Trump ”

Donald Trump participates in a prayer before speaking at an Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch at the King Jesus International Ministry in Miami, 3 January 2020.


by Richard Luscombe, in Miami

published on January 4, 2020



(3)   Trump Says US Will Not Leave Iraq Until Baghdad Pays for American Air Base, Threatens Sanctions



by Sputnik News

published on January 6, 2020

     The Iraqi parliament voted on Sunday to support the expulsion of all foreign troops from the Iraqi territory and cutting off ties with the US-led international anti-terrorist coalition due to the Friday's assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Bagdad.
     “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it [...] We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame”, US President Donald Trump said Sunday, while he was traveling from Florida



(4)   “Iran war protest: 70 US cities rally against Trump airstrikes in Iraq”


by Grace Hauck and Chris Woodyard

published on January 4, 2020



  (5) Democracy Now !

  Soleimani’s Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One ‘Foreign Aggressor’ — The U.S.”


with Narges Bajoghli


"Trump’s Killing of Qassem Soleimani Means 'Rules of the Game Have Totally Changed' in Middle East


with Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

published on January 6, 2020


“Former Top Bush Official: I Saw the March to War in 2003. I’m Seeing the Same Thing with Iran Now”


with Lawrence Wilkerson

published on January 6, 2020


"Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Qassem Soleimani Worked with U.S. in Fight Against Taliban & ISIS"

with Lawrence Wilkerson

published on January 6, 2020



(6)   “The US unwittingly helped create Qassem Soleimani. Then they killed him.”


by Scott Ritter

published on January 3, 2020.



(7)   “Putin’s Hour Is At Hand”



by Paul Craig Roberts



(8)   News From Underground

From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Sunday, January 05, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Could Trump be playing chess over Iran?


From Vladimir Golstein (on Facebook):

“Trump's Preemptive Strike Against Neocons, or Is He Playing Chess?”

Granted that Trump is not the most educated, sophisticated, or knowledgeable person on the planet, he is surely very savvy, and people-smart. Just the way he zoomed through Republican nominations and won the 2016 campaign testifies to his tremendous skills and certain intelligence, that his myopic critics refuse to acknowledge.

So in light of that, how to interpret his decision to assassinate the top notch Iranian General Soleimani?

What follows is pure conjecture - -just based on my intuition and certain patterns of Trump's past behavior.

We remember how he decided to bomb Syria on the basis of some fake accusations of chemical attack. He had everyone in his family, let alone in foreign policy establishment bugging him to strike. So he did. But after that he did not escalate. In other words, by his aggressive action he immediately shuts the opposition and establishment up. He sends a message to his base that he can be tough, he sends the message to Pentagon, that he wants them to be strong. But he does not push it further. By his instincts, he does not want a big international confrontation. He is not a sicko like Hillary or Albright. In other words, he wants his cake and he wants to eat it too.

Why can't the same pattern apply here. The Neocons, or let call them The Netaniahu party of the State Department and Sick Tanks establishment are immediately disarmed. They can be gloating, or blaming the victim, or demonizing Iranians, and doing their usual nonsense, but they are off his back. Military can walk proud, his base is happy, since their man has shown that he is a top dog. And last but not least, Democrats are incapacitated. All they can do is to bleat -- in the form of Liz Warren -- that yes, Soleimani was an awful man, but there should be procedures and consultations. Something that most of Americans except the intelligentsia pussy-hatters would just pooh-pooh. In other words, impeachment is neutralized, there is no serious foreign policy challenges --since the opposition of the war-mongering democrats has no teeth, so Trump is in the driver seat.

Granted, all that was accomplished by the murder of a human being, who was highly influential and admired in many quarters, and granted that it can escalate into total chaos, but if it does not, then indeed, Trump has his cake and eats it too. A gamble? Yes. Cynical murder? Yes. But that's politics.

In other words, if Iran bites the bullet, if neither Netaniahu nor Pompeo provoke further violence -- then Trump might succeed in getting what he wanted: -- reducing army's exposure to harm's way, showing that he is a top dog and so is his military, shutting up the opposition (from both neocons and neoliberals) and sailing into 2020 White House.

As I said, this is just an attempt of non-linear, non-partisan analysis. I prefer to understand something, rather than partaking in echo chambers or showing off my impeccable virtues.


(9)   “US Kick Starts Raging ’20s Declaring War on Iran”


by Pepe Escobar

published on January 3, 2020



(10)“The Human Cost of War on Iran”


The bodies of Vietnamese men, women and children piled along a road in My Lai after a U.S. Army massacre on March 16, 1968. (U. S. Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle)


by Elizabeth Murray

published on August 24, 2012



(11) “U.S. Will Come To Regret Its Assassination of Qassim Soleimani



by Moon Of Alabama

published on January 3, 2020


(12) "Trump ‘united’ Iraqis, Iranians by killing Soleimani"


with George Galloway



(13) “Joint message of Iran, Russia and China to the world”



by Alireza Majidi