Iran Wants “Revenge for Soleimani” Not a Loss of Sanctions

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In the aftermath of the U.S. drone strike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, Iran has remained very heated and ready to pounce. While they have tried flexing some muscle by tossing rockets at a U.S. base inside the Green Zone of Baghdad, the attacks have been largely unsuccessful, and their attempts to prove that they are strong enough to make big things happen just failed miserably.

This lack of success often breeds real aggression and hatred at levels that make those now attacking completely unreasonable, and unwilling to listen. That is the current state of Iran. Iranian Admiral Alireza Tangsiri of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) spoke with the London-based Iran International and informed them of what America can expect, and what he thinks of our sanctions.

“They constantly send messages saying they will offer rewards and remove certain sanctions if we give up seeking revenge for Soleimani. But this is wishful thinking…The Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei] stresses taking revenge, and the IRGC commander has said that revenge is inevitable. We will, however, decide the time and place for it.”

While not a statement full of the anger, energy, and vigor we have recently become used to with the rhetoric from Russia’s President Putin, for Iran this is a big threat for them to make.

Soleimani was taken out by a drone strike in response to his arrival in Baghdad immediately after massive and riotous crowds of Pro-Iranian militias and their supporters attacked the U.S. Embassy. The thought then (and still now) was that he was there to continue the attack and blow up the embassy. Given their choice to use a no warning and no avoidance attack, leadership in Iran think they deserve to make it right and even the score for him.

As Iran refuses to discuss lifting sanctions, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is being targeted to be brought back into action. One big point on bringing that back is the U.S. dropping the terrorist tag for the IRGC. While President Biden’s people have been considering the idea, at the last update, they were still undecided.

Iran has been a steady stream of problems since 9/11. Depending on who you listen to, they either had a hand in hiding chemical weapons for Saddam Hussein, they have funneled terrorists and weapons out of their borders to support the fight against the U.S. and Israel, or they are nothing but a kind and gentle county who wants peace. The overwhelming evidence of the country being nothing more than a terrorism training camp, and a Walmart for weapons is incredible.

When Iran openly admitted to lobbing missiles at a U.S. consulate in Erbil Iraq in March of this year, the U.S. just laughed it off. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) — the official press agency of the Iranian government — issued reports about the IRGC confirming their launching of precision-guided missiles. The IRNA as well as other media outlets for Iran claimed that the missiles were targeting a “Zionist” spy base in Erbil that was used to attack Iran. The Iranian media uses the term Zionist to describe anything having to do with Israel.

Yet, their attacks are just simple Iraqi civilian property. This made it difficult for the Iraqi and U.S .governments to appease the local population, but they always find a way to. Meanwhile, Iran was able to continue doing as they please with no real consequences. This sends the wrong message to the world and the people of Iran.

While there’s some humility behind showing them compassion, after everything Iran has done to oppose the U.S., you would think President Biden would respond. Then again, the man couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions written on the heel at this point. So coming up short here isn’t a massive surprise.