Trump is starting a war with Iran – whether it is by accident or design

FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump gestures as delivers his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. Less than a week ago, Trump stood before the nation and called for a new era of bipartisan cooperation. “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve,” he said, extolling how the country had come together in recent times of tragedy. A week later, such talk is but a distant memory. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP, File)

Tehran will likely take time to consider its options, with few having expected the US president to go for the jugular like this

Robert Fisk

Is this war by accident or war by design? We’ve all said that a major war in the Middle East could start by accident. But no one thought Donald Trump would go for the jugular quite like this. To kill General Qassem Soleimani is a sword at the heart of Iran, without doubt. And on whose behalf?

Trump boasts of his relationship with the Saudi king who has talked of “cutting off the head of the Iranian snake” and whose oil facilities were attacked with drone-fired missiles – which the US blamed on Iran – last year. Or Israel? Or is this just another decision with incalculable results, taken by a crackpot president in the US?

Just imagine what would happen if a leading American general – or two, since Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was a leading pro-Iranian figure in Iraq – was blown up on a tour of the Middle East …

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  1. As far as Islam is concerned war is contingent on existence of truce and a breach thereof with the restriction that an aggression must on basis of religion in other words to finish ISLAM.
    Anything less, is not permitted in Islam.
    All wars in modern time are fought on political greed for power and dominance..
    Muslims, therefore, are limited to wage a war.
    As such, the Promised Messiah, founder of the Holy Ahmadiyya Muslim Community declared that is Haram, forbidden.

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