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
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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