Immediately after Iran’s t0p general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a US drone strike early Friday morning outside the Baghdad airport, regime leaders including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, vowed they would retaliate.
Al Aribaya reports that the eulogist at Soleimani’s funeral procession offered an $80 million reward for President Trump’s head. The procession was broadcast live on Iranian state television from the Iranian city of Mashhad.
He told mourners, “We are 80 million Iranians, if each one of us puts aside one American dollar, we will have 80 million American dollars, and we will reward anyone who brings us [Trump]’s head with that amount.”
London-based pro-western Iranian news editor M. Hanif Jazayeri has video from the broadcast. For some reason, I’m unable to import this particular video, but the clip in which the eulogist announces the reward can be viewed here.
Vows of retaliation have been escalating on both sides since Soleimani’s “termination.”
On Saturday night, President Trump warned that retaliation would be met with U.S. attacks on 52 Iranian sites. His tweet read:
Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have………targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!
On Sunday, Iranian MP Abolfazl Aboutorabi upped the ante.
According to the The Iranian Labour News Agency, he said:
We can attack the White House itself, we can respond to them on the American soil.
We have the power, and God willing we will respond in an appropriate time.
This is a declaration of war, which means if you hesitate you lose. When someone declares war, do you want to respond to the bullets with flowers? They will shoot you in the head.
Another MP called Trump a “terrorist in a suit.”
Iranian revenge will come. Its severity will depend upon how deeply they want to engage with the U.S. The more ruthless their retaliation against us, the more brutality they can expect in return. How much punishment are they willing to tolerate?
Following Trump’s decision to reinstate sanctions against Iran over a year ago, the country’s economy is in pretty dire straits. One wonders if they have sufficient resources to mount a serious response. Maybe they still have something left from the stash Obama turned over to them in 2015.
But I’m pretty sure if they made an attempt to assassinate President Trump, they would live to regret it. All 52 targets would be hit immediately, and likely more.
The Iranians just got one rude awakening. They know there’s a new sheriff in town. Should they try to assassinate the President or strike the White House, they will no doubt get a second rude awakening.