Press TV: Kevin Barrett and J Michael Springmann comment on murder of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani

Gen. Soleimani will be remembered as the greatest military hero of the 21st century


Above is part of Press TV’s rolling coverage of the aftermath of Trump’s murder of Gen. Soleimani. Below is my interview with Tasnim News Agency from last October. -KB

Gen. Soleimani World’s Most Accomplished Military Figure in Counter-Terrorism: Analyst

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst and author described Iran’s IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani as the “world’s most accomplished military figure” in the field of counter-terrorism.

“Major General Qassem Soleimani is the world’s most accomplished military figure in the field of counter-terrorism…Gen. Soleimani’s fight against Daesh is a wholehearted fight— unlike America’s ambivalent war on Daesh that has included covert support for the same terrorists it fights,” Kevin Barrett from Madison told Tasnim.

Following is the full text of the interview.

Tasnim: How do you see the role of commander of the IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in fighting terrorist groups, particularly Daesh, in Iraq and Syria in the past years?

Barrett: Major General Qassem Soleimani is the world’s most accomplished military figure in the field of counter-terrorism. The word “terrorism” is defined as the intentional targeting of civilians. Daesh is undoubtedly a terrorist organization since it intentionally targets civilians based on their ethnicity or religion. And it does so in such barbaric fashion that many have wondered whether part of its real mission is to make Islam look bad in the eyes of global public opinion.

Gen. Soleimani’s fight against Daesh is a wholehearted fight— unlike America’s ambivalent war on Daesh that has included covert support for the same terrorists it fights. Gen. Soleimani, unlike the Americans and Russians, has led forces that are indigenous to the region. His forces are genuinely committed to defeating Daesh. They are not just in it for a paycheck; whereas some of the anti-Daesh forces under US command, not to mention the Americans themselves, are mere mercenaries, of whom John Cale once said: “Mercenaries are useless, disunited, unfaithful, with nothing to keep them in the battle except a meager wage, which is just about enough to make them want to kill for you, but not enough to make them want to die for you.”

Gen. Soleimani and his troops, unlike the mercenaries (including Daesh mercenaries drawing Saudi paychecks), are willing to put their lives on the line. Like the Ansarullah in Yemen, Gen Soleimani’s forces have fought bravely and skillfully against mercenaries hired by tyrants.

Tasnim: The 33-day war launched by Israel in 2006, also known as the July War, took place in Lebanon, northern parts of Occupied Palestine and the Golan Heights. How much do you think General Soleimani has been effective in strengthening the axis of resistance and confronting the US and Israeli plots in the region?

Barrett: Gen. Soleimani recently gave a rare interview in which he discussed his role in the 33-day war. Western sources have long admitted that Gen. Soleimani’s leadership was a crucial factor in Hezbollah’s humiliation of the Zionists in 2006. But only now has the world learned that Gen. Soleimani spent virtually the entire war in Lebanon, shoulder to shoulder with Hezbollah leader Syed Hassan Nasrallah and commander Imad Moughnieh, who was later martyred in 2008.

Gen. Soleimani’s remarkable achievements (and his courage in taking the fight to the Zionist enemy in its own backyard) highlight the wisdom of Iran’s regional policy, which involves offering support to independent, principled groups committed to resisting Zionism and imperialism. This approach contrasts starkly with the American approach to building alliances, which seeks out ambitious, unprincipled egotists who are willing to sell out their countries for a fistful of American dollars. Those sell-outs become America’s “friends and allies.” But since they are basically selfish and corrupt, they are not very effective allies. They are not courageous in battle. Nor are they much loved by the people of their own countries.

Right now the Western world is wondering how Saudi Arabia, with its $67 billion military budget, can be losing to the low-budget Ansarullah forces. The answer is that the Saudi forces are corrupt from top to bottom. They are in bed with Zionism and imperialism, and they have no true leadership, no principles, and no real cause except their own pocketbooks.

Gen. Soleimani leads faithful Muslim forces committed to truth and justice. The Axis of Resistance is fighting for a just cause: to expel the forces of Zionism and imperialism from the Muslim East. This is a cause that the vast majority of the population of the region, in their heart of hearts, strongly supports. That is why the Axis of Resistance, with its relatively tiny military budget, can successfully wage a David vs. Goliath struggle and defeat the richest and most powerful entities on earth.

Tasnim: Mobilization of volunteer forces in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Lebanon by the General has played a key role in defeating hegemonic powers and their schemes. What do you think?

Barrett: General Soleimani is able to mobilize volunteer forces not only due to the great respect in which he is held (even by his enemies) but because he is known to be fighting for a just cause. Nobody will volunteer to fight for a tyrant! But many will volunteer to fight against tyranny and aggression, especially when called upon by such a skillful and charismatic leader as General Soleimani.

The American mainstream coverage of the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria admits the key role played by these volunteer forces in defeating Daesh, while at the same time casting these volunteer forces as a problem for the US. This is one of those rare instances in which the mainstream media is basically right.

Americans and Zionists used the September 11, 2001, false flag to try to remake the region in their interests. They are now facing defeat, thanks to the resistance of the people of the region in general, and the leadership of the Axis of Resistance, including Gen. Soleimani, in particular. As an American citizen, I believe my government should face the reality of the situation and radically change its policy, embracing or at least working with principled, independent forces, and giving up on Zionism and the tyrannical (Persian) Gulf monarchies. Such a policy shift would align with America’s real interests. But it probably won’t happen until Zionist domination of the US ends.


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  1. All wars are Banker´s wars, dont forget this. And you know which threat now looms on Jan. 31.2020 for US INC.

  2. Interesting tidbit;
    Several years I was listening to an interview with James and Joanne Moriarty, a couple who were operating an oilfield services compamy in Libya at the time of the regime change, and an interesting name came up. James described a Franklin Lamb as a “scumbag” US liasion for Daesh from either a spook agency or the US State Department. I immediately recognized that name as a contributor to VT prior to the Libyan government overthrow. I am not bringing this up to cast VT in a negative light but just thought it worth mentioning.

    • To paraphrase what Duff wrote several years ago, he and/or VT staffers learned things on a visit to Syria that led to Franklin Lamb no longer being associated with VT (aka given the boot).

  3. Here is the latest nonsense from Adolph Trump: Fool Trump does not know the history of the criminal imposition of the dictator Shah by the U.S. which led to the takeover of the embassy. The criminals in the U.S. started it all so they could get better oil prices. The first thing Iran must do is end all oil shipments to the U.S. period. They must shut down all US shipping over there forever. This is the only kind of language these ignorant crooks might understand. We lowly citizens had nothing to do with what the dictators running the U.S. do. Shame on all of them.


  4. Zios all over RT News are already pumping their hasbara campaign with “Trump’s New Year killing of Soleimani finally blows up the fake Russiagate narrative”.

    Russigate by its true nature should be called Ziogate so there wouldn’t be any more room for Israeli spin. But we all know that the mainstream media cannot ever bring itself to admit that their bosses in Tel Aviv mixed with the Russian oligarchs and selected this loser called Trump. The mélange of Russian and Israeli, as bad as it is, is always mentioned as Russian. It’s like the Jewish community of Iran who immigrated to Beverly Hills after 1979 creating criminals like Ezri Namvar the Iranian Jewish version of Bernie Madoff who took other Iranian Jews for a $1billion ride and ended up in jail. When they caught with a crime they are simply referred to as Iranian but before getting caught they are Jewish people.

    • Absolutely agree. Jews are scattered around the world and mimic the local population. Therefore, in my country, the richest oligarchs bear Jewish surnames and when it comes to business, they are Russians (the common name of the peoples of my country). When it comes to self-identity, they are proud that they are Jews (as it was under Yeltsin-the Sevenbankirism, when 7 main and wealthy Jews entered the Kremlin as masters and openly boasted of their identity). But if the oligarch is arrested by the investigating authorities for crimes, just try to call him a Jew – you will get a charge of anti-Semitism. Like a weather vane in the wind. But such arrests are extremely rare.
      A very convenient tactic that they built and successfully apply. And for their affairs, labels are hung on countries.

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