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Monday, January 06, 2020
What does the killing of Soleimani mean to the Middle East?

Question: Will the U.S. airstrike that led to the killing of Qassem Soleimani cause another round of turmoil in the Middle East situation?


Chan Kung: Geopolitically speaking, the Soleimani incident is troublesome. The American counterattack this time had its political needs. It was an attack on two vehicles, so it is small scale attack. However, Soleimani is not a usual person. I notice that in major Iranian government conventions or meetings, other than highest ranking religious leaders, the camera usually focused on Soleimani. Therefore, his status in Iranian society is very high. If Iran retaliates, then the danger of dragging the United States into war is quite high, regardless if President Trump wants the war. The Vietnam War was magnified in similar way too.


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