After years of Iranian provocations directly and through proxies, America’s defense machinery returned fire in no uncertain terms. President Trump’s order was no subtle back alley “hit” involving a dimly lit peripheral figure among the state’s proxies or some obscure but critical figure engaged in rocketry and nuclear arms development. Qassim Soleimani was Tehran’s top general and (second) most vigorous master of the levers and tools of the state’s diplomacy and conflict-inducing and war-fighting capacity. His taunt as quoted by The New York Times, “We are near you, where you can’t even imagine. We are ready. We are the man of this arena” was his invitation to his kind of party.

Washington will wake up later this morning to . . . what? “Heightened tensions with Iran”?

Call it what the strike represented: war.

BackChannels, ever strident and stubbornly independent, suggests that Left / Far Left Democrats and Always Right / Far Right Republicans should both can their bitter and frequently counterproductive and surreal partisan sandbox fight and take a moment to consider together the many acts of terror sponsored by Tehran, including attacks on American forces, the harangues and threats against the Democratic Liberalism of the West — and nonstop threats promising the annihilation of Israel, the seizing over many years of British patrol and other sea craft, and most of all the barbarism — the inhumanity — meted to all within and beyond Iran who have been abused, murdered, and subjugated by the regime.

Related Online

Crowley, Michael, Falih Hassan, and Eric Schmitt. “Top Iranian General Qassim Suleimani is Killed on Trump’s Orders, Officials Say.” The New York Times, January 2, 2020.

Dehghanpisheh, Babak. “Soleimani was Iran’s celebrity soldier, spearhead in Middle East.” Reuters, January 3, 2020.

Reuters World News. “Pentagon says Iranian Commander Soleimani was developing plans to attack Americans.” January 2, 2020.

Stecklow, Steve, Babak Dehghanpisheh, and Yeganeh Torbati. “Assets of the Ayatollah: The economic empire behind Iran’s supreme leader — Khamenei controls massive financial empire built on property seizures.” Reuters Investigates, November 11, 2013.

Wikipedia. “General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper”.

Posted to YouTube by British Defence News, May 2, 2014.