By Theodore Shoebat
Millions of Iranians assembled in the streets to express their outrage against the US killing of Qasem Soleimani, as we read in a report from Common Dreams:
Funerals held all over Iran Monday for Major General Qasem Soleimani offered a striking visual of the consequences of President Donald Trump’s drastic escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran, as millions of people poured into the streets to mourn the Iranian military commander.
Footage from Tehran and the city of Ahvaz showed enormous crowds of men, women, and children hailing Soleimani as a martyr and vowing that Trump would be held accountable for the military commander’s assassination.
Farnaz Fassihi, an Iranian-American New York Times journalist who has been covering Iran for a quarter of a century, tweeted that she had “never seen anything like” the “sea of endless people” that had packed the streets of Tehran by 6:00 am.
The mourners gathered around the country as Soleimani’s casket was transported to his hometown of Kerman, where he was to be buried.
The funeral came three days after Soleimani was killed in Baghdad in a U.S. drone strike ordered by the White House without the prior knowledge or approval of Congress.
While the Trump administration claims it had evidence Soleimani was planning imminent attacks against Americans in the Middle East, U.S. lawmakers have called the evidence of this “razor thin.”
Rather, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told Iraq’s Parliament on Sunday, Soleimani was in Baghdad to discuss diplomacy between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
At Soleimani’s state funeral in Tehran, the general’s daughter, Zeinab, said Trump has now “brought Iran and Iraq closer together.”
“You crazy Trump, the symbol of ignorance, the slave of Zionists, don’t think that the killing of my father will finish everything,” Zeinab Soleimani said.
A number of observers wrote that the country exhibited a new level of unification against the U.S. at the funeral.
“This is a historic scene,” tweeted Dr. Jennifer Cassidy, a politics lecturer at Oxford University. “Trump has united a country like never before. We’re witnessing one the most seismic moments in history.”
This is Qassem Soleimani’s funeral procession in Tehran,#Iran today.
The US government said no one in Iran will shed any tears for the death of #Soleimani… But these millions of Iranians flocking to the streets to honor and mourn him prove otherwise. pic.twitter.com/sJZHkDEe6W
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) January 6, 2020
There are *millions* of Iranians out in the streets mourning top general Qassem Soleimani at his funeral procession. This is just one city in a huge country
Trump has no idea how extreme the crime he just committed was. It was a severe act of warpic.twitter.com/Gtr59lWCPH
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) January 5, 2020
Gen. #Soleimani's funeral reaches Mashahd. Millions of Iranians are attending.
Note: Iran's regime orders people to the streets all the time but numbers they get barely make tens of thousand. This is different, it appears genuine. pic.twitter.com/X9JdY4KnLt
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 5, 2020