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Deadly drone attack warranted

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The U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, the elite wing of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards, in a drone strike early on Jan. 3.

President Trump made this bold call after Iranian-backed militia rockets killed an American contractor in northern Iraq.

Yet rather than celebrating a terrorist’s death, Democrats and their mass media cohorts framed it this way: “Airstrike at Baghdad’s airport kills Iran’s most revered military leader…” (Washington Post, 1/3/20).

Most revered leader?

Those who’ve followed Iran over the last decade understand the merit of eliminating Soleimani. He was a terrorist no different than al Baghdadi, Zakari, bin Laden or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

He was the head of a designated terrorist organization, no different than ISIS or Al Queda.

And he was responsible for the death of over 600 of our men and women.

Most reading this haven’t seen the kind of death experienced by our military forces, but Americans have died in fires inside their HUMVEE’s because of the improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, provided by Quds, their lungs scorched by the explosion’s flames.

Some were paralyzed, many had their limbs blown off. Some will never see again; many will never be recognized by their loved ones.

This is, in my opinion, more than enough justification for Trump’s actions.

Killing Soleimani and bin Laden are two different things.

When killed, bin Ladin was a has-been fugitive, his power, authority and importance much diminished. While satisfying, his death had less practical value and virtually no operational impact on Al Queda.

Not so Soleimani. With Soleimani at the height of his power and influence, his death is devastating, disrupting Iran’s entire military command structure. It’s also a profound psychological defeat for the mullahs.

We’ve seen the crowds in Tehran, but what about the untold number of Iranians still intimidated by his thugs?

What about the hundreds of thousands across Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Yemen who’ve lost family to this man and his militias?

He got what he deserved, and except for Iran’s degenerate “leaders”, no one should ever regret his demise.

Yes, it’s dangerous to take out a terrorist target like this, but a coward is someone who lacks the courage to endure danger.

This is the fundamental difference between those supporting Trump’s actions and those who don’t.

Yet Trump’s responses too must be clearly designed to prevent more Iranian violence rather than pursuing regime change.

Iran knows now it faces choices not previously recognized.

Extreme but not imprudent, ruthless self-interest got the mullahs here in the first place. Hopefully, it’s what’ll restrain them in the end.

That’s how deterrence works, and that’s the bet Trump made.

The current crisis is complex and dangerous; no one knows what’ll happen. The game’s changed, but it’s not over.

The Ayatollahs are now dealing with a New York City property developer businessman, a far different beast than our previous insipid community organizer.

If the Ayatollahs expect Obama-type outcomes now, I fear there’ll be more tears before bedtime.