Fandango’s Provocative Question (8 January 2020)

It is a mothful of a question this week, so I shall resort to copying and pasting:

Do you feel that Donald Trump was justified in ordering a drone strike that resulted in the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike in Baghdad last week?
Do you think Trump’s decision will lead America into a hot war with Iran?
Do you think Trump’s motives are political and self serving?

Hmmmmmmm. Very topical. I think because this is such a topical question, we have heard all the arguments these last few days already, so there is no point going over them again. I’ll simply say where I stand and, if you don’t agree, so be it.

Fandango does at least split his qustion into three parts, so I shall do the same with my answer.

Do you feel that Donald Trump was justified in ordering a drone strike that resulted in the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike in Baghdad last week?

Straight away, that word justified stuck out. I can think of better words. I can think of maybe acceptable, of ill-advised, or even of effective. It’s probably a combination of these three words which adds up to justified.

The first part, I’m basically asking whether it is acceptable for a country to unilaterally assasinate anybody, extra-judicially. It is not specific to Trump. Is it acceptable for one country to set itself up as world policeman? By phrasing it this way, we’re not just focussing on Soleimani, either. We might just as well ask whether it was okay for the USA to assassinate Osama bin Laden? which, of course, happened on Obama’s watch.

My answer to this one is just a straight no. It is preferable to stick within international law. That’s why we have organisations such as the UN (or, in this particular case, the ICC). It might be valid to ask whether they are fit for purpose, but that is why they exist. If they are broken, we should try to fix them rather than walking away from them. It’s a pity that repeated US administrations have rejected this forum in favour of a more wild west approach with no rules.

But I do have sympathy for the US here – after all, the reason I rejected the EU is because it was not fit for purpose. In the case of the international courts, I don’t really know their issues well enough to form an opinion.

So, was the killing ill-judged? Very possibly. I suspect so. It is interesting that both Obama and Bush Jr had this guy in the crosshairs, and yet decided to let sleeping dogs lie.

Lastly, was the killing effective? It’s funny because I was listening to a group of women in their seventies talking about this very issue, just this morning. I tend not to get involved, but I could hear their debate. The consensus was that killing somebody never solved anything, that they were just replaced with someone else. The actual problem never went away.

Do you think Trump’s decision will lead America into a hot war with Iran?

I don’t really see any kind of shooting war, unless the US decides to invade Iran where I see a guerilla war and a re-run of Iraq. I do, maybe, see more 9/11s. The US (and Europe) have got lots of soft targets in their own territory that they need to protect. Iran will already have sent people out who are no doubt ready and waiting.

Do you think Trump’s motives are political and self serving?

I must admit I don’t really have a view here. Maybe Trump thinks he can win an election by winning a war? Maybe he just thinks that by having a war, he can postpone an election?

I think this current impeachment is interesting. For all the bad things people say that Trump has done, so far it has played right along party lines. Republicans, yes, Democrats, no. If he tries to fiddle with elections, I wouldn’t expect it to be any different.

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4 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question (8 January 2020)”

  1. we have several other parties in the U.S.:the green party which main focus is environmental, the democratic socialist party..environment, equal rights, women’s rights, gay rights and medicare for all………the Libertarian Party..sort of a middle of the road republican party..focus on much smaller government and state’s right to govern. All of those minor groups side with the Democratic party in their hatred for the policies of the Trump Administration. even our news stations fall into the political party demographics, with fox being the spokespeople for Trump, abc, cbs, nbc being democratic in slant..which is why I watch al jazeera and BBC for news! and I no longer remember where I was going with this response. lol

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    1. It is interesting to see how this is playing out, especially with this plane goig down very shortly afterwards. Our media is currently saying it was “probably” an Iranian missile. Which is helpful, if we’re being primed to hate Iran.

      I did look at how Trump could postpone elections – he would need to change the US constitution to do so. Which means 2/3 Senate, 2/3 Congress, plus 3/4 of States themselves, iirc. Impossible with the current numbers.

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