New York Times columnist Barbara Slavin claimed that the U.S’s killing of Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani “will unleash chaos” in a recent piece for the outlet.
This argument was mocked by Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, who stated “NY Times columnist Barbara Slavin claims ‘Soleimani’s killing will unleash chaos.’ Meaning the massacre of 500,00O Syrians, the creation of millions of refugees, the supply of tens of thousands of rockets to Hezbollah and Hamas, and the backing of world terror was stability?”
NY Times columnist Slavin claims “Soleimani’s killing will unleash chaos.” Meaning the massacre of 500,00O Syrians, the creation of millions of refugees, the supply of tens of thousands of rockets to Hezbollah and Hamas, and the backing of world terror was stability?
— Michael Oren (@DrMichaelOren) January 3, 2020
Tensions have been flaring in Iraq as Iranian-backed militias attempted to break into the American embassy in Baghdad on New Year’s Eve. The Trump administration responded by ordering a drone strike on a convoy of vehicles near the Baghdad International Airport that carried several passengers such as Major General Soleimani.
Soleimani was responsible for spreading Iranian influence across the Middle East and killing thousands of Syrians, Iraqis and Iranians, while killing and maiming thousands of American servicemen in Iraq.
Slavin’s pessimistic take on the Trump administration’s action, may be motivated by partisan bias.
The New York Times columnist has strong connections to globalist institutions. According to Wikipedia, “Slavin was a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in June–August 2006. She was also a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, where she authored a report titled Mullahs, Money, and Militias. She is acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council.”
The Atlantic Council is notorious for promoting globalism and has been involved in pushing social media censorship. Wikipedia noted the following:
“In 2015 and 2016, the three largest donors, giving over $1 million USD each, were US millionaire Adrienne Arsht (executive vice chair), Lebanese billionaire Bahaa Hariri (estranged brother of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri), and the United Arab Emirates. The Ukrainian oligarch run Burisma Holdings donated $100,000 per year for three years to the Atlantic Council starting in 2016. The full list of financial sponsors includes many military, financial, and corporate concerns.”
Given these connections, Slavin’s perspective on the matter should be taken with a grain of salt.
The U.S. is stuck between a rock and a hard place in the Middle East. A continued attack on the U.S. Embassy could have put American diplomatic staff at risk, so Trump had to take action in order to prevent further bloodshed.
Nevertheless, Trump should not fall for the siren song of interventionism that previous administrations have embraced.
To prevent further sticky situations like these, the U.S. will likely need to pull all troops and most diplomatic facilities out of the Middle East.
Given its longstanding history of instability, the U.S. should stay out of the Middle East for a while.
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